Today’s post is how to use science songs in the classroom. I know that as soon as I say the word “spider”, I’ve got everyone’s attention. Kids love animals, insects, the weather, and anything that has to do with mother nature.
That’s why I’m sharing some on ideas on How to Use Science Songs in the Classroom.
Science songs can be an integral and useful tool to help students internalize science concepts.
HOW TO USE SCIENCE SONGS IN THE CLASSROOM
I’m excited to present “Miss Jenny”, a fellow teacher and some ways she suggests using SCIENCE SONGS in your classroom.
Here’s some really great things that she and I both use to make the songs effective learning songs.
USE HAND MOTIONS TO MAKE BIG IDEAS COME ALIVE!
A great example of integrating movement and music is Miss Jenny’s song “Butterfly”.
It’s a great example of how using motions helps big ideas come alive.
Using hand actions help students stay engaged.
Movement with music creates strong brain connections.
Content related music and movement creates stronger learning connections.
Try having your students make hand actions to resemble bugs, animals and concepts like rain, sun and nighttime.
Connect your two hands together by the thumbs and let your “fingers” fly like butterfly wings.
Make a fist and let the thumb guide the hand in swirling patterns in the air like a bee buzzing…and many more actions help students to remember words and concepts.
Check out these Science learning songs that have hand actions and writing activities!
USE THE REAL SCIENCE WORDS
You may be shocked by all the high-level words that she includes in one 2-minute song:
When children do the motions, the words start to make sense. Children start to ask questions and make connections as they repeat the song.
You can read about more ideas in this blog post:
CONNECT THE SONG TO REAL SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
“Miss Jenny” recommends ordering real caterpillars.
Use the song as a starting point for an entire unit!
You can find ideas about insects here: They are available from many places…Here’s a link to Carolina Biological where you’ll find great information about Butterflies.
“Butterfly” is just one song on Jenny’s 18 song/64-page Science Songs CD-book set, available here:
MISS JENNY SCIENCE SONGS CD-BOOK SET
Another favorite from this CD-book set is “What Will the Weather Be?”
“Miss Jenny” teaches about temperature, cloud-cover, wind speed, and precipitation in one 2-minute song.
Children can move with the song to make concepts come to life. They can also read along to improve their fluency skills.
Ask simple questions like, “What do you notice?” at the end of the song.
Children will naturally bring up phonics, and vocabulary comments and questions, along with connections to their own lives.
Record information about temperatures, cloud cover, wind speeds, and precipitation daily to turn this song into a unit of study.
“Miss Jenny” has included related songs like “The Water Cycle,” follow-up activities like water cycle bracelets, “My Cloud Fun Book,” and karaoke versions of every song to encourage children to read and sing independently.
USE SCIENCE SONGS IN MUSIC PROGRAMS
I like to use Science songs as part of my music programs.
I put together a garden program for my Second graders and they just loved it.
I think their two favorite songs were;
All of my science songs come sing along music tracks, literacy activities and coloring sheets.
STUDENTS LEARN BETTER WHEN SONGS RELATE TO CONTENT
Finally, I want to share that it’s important to use SCIENCE SONGS in the classroom that are FUN and CATCHY!
Students are more likely to sing and remember concepts if they like the music.
Just listen to the songs I’ve featured here to get some ideas.
SING PLAY CREATE SCIENCE AND LITERACY SONGS AND ACTIVITIES
How do you use science songs to teach concepts in your classroom?
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