You know how a song can get stuck in your head sometimes and then you find yourself singing or humming some annoying snippet of it well... PERFECT! We want information to "stick" in our students' minds better so we have been making more use of songs in science.
Last year we used head, shoulders, knees, and toes for a song parody for part of a unit on government. This time we found some examples of song parodies to show the students first so they understood what a parody was. Then we brainstormed well known nursery rhymes type songs (is that what they are?) and Christmas carols. The students were carefully grouped together and given limited time to create a song that covered the key learnings of the muscles, skin, bones mini unit in science. They could pick any song to parody. The results were surprising, and by adding more choice to the activity students were more creative and came up with some great stuff in the very limited time we had (we were in a bit of a rush).
Music and song- another powerful learning tool!
Post courtesy of Kent Percevault