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Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

Does anyone have a collection of science songs? I thought these might be fun to share

Ruth Levantis Ruth Friedlander 6505 Points

I have one I use for water cycle. I downloaded it from YouTube. I email the lyrics...the video is ridiculously funny.

Jessica Weedon Jessica Fagan 3795 Points

Hello.

Keren Larkin Keren Larkin 170 Points

water cycle song is great!!!!

Adah Stock Adah Stock 101510 Points

Hi! I love this topic. I have used songs in teaching science. I asked kids to write a song about the water cycle using a recognizable song such as Farmer in the Dell. Some loved it and some didn't. I have also bought CD's with songs as well. My favorite was a student who was not a great learner but loved to rap. I gave him credit for writing a rap about some aspect of science that we had studied. He did an awesome job. Tom Lehrer wrote the Periodic Table song in the 60's and it is on the Internet at: http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html Your students will love it and you can also project it. After Googling "Science Songs" I found the following website http://faculty.washington.edu/crowther/Misc/Songs/music.shtml It has neat MP3 files of songs. My suggestion and I strongly suggest it that you review the song before playing it for students. You might also want to check YouTube or Teacher Tube videos as well. I hope this helps.

Ruth Levantis Ruth Friedlander 6505 Points

I'll check the site out. The water cycle song I use is by The Fruits Basket Theatre. It is on You Tube. There are so many versions, however I wanted it to be funny and memorable.

James Haile James Haile 340 Points

I'm using a song called "Garbage"at the end of a PBL on Decomposition. The song was made famous by Pete Seeger, and he is on Utube singing it. He only added some verses; Bill Steele was the original songwriter. Middle School - and all ages - are amused by this song.

Adah Stock Adah Stock 101510 Points

Another good song is from the Beatles. I don't remember the title but the line "they covered it up and put in a parking lot" comes to mind and I used it to talk about covering the Aquifer which is pretty much the sole source of water in our city.

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 89733 Points

I used to teach the life cycle of ferns and mosses using these lyrics and the tune "Are You Sleeping, Brother John": Ferns and Mosses Ferns and Mosses How do they Re-pro-duce? Alternation of generations Alternation of generations Gamet- o - phyte Spore -o - phyte

Angie Fairweather Angelika Fairweather 12180 Points

This is such a fun topic, The farmer and the dale for the food chain is really cute. My students loved the Periodic Table song. There is a Lab-Out-Loud podcast on this subject that has samples and fantastic suggestions: Science Music. "They Might Be Giants" has a couple of records that have Science music. It's upbeat, and the music is catchy. Check out the pod cast for some great ideas.
Thank you for sharing! Angie

Ruth Hutson Ruth Hutson 63625 Points

I use many of the songs by Michael Offutt. He has written songs that primarily deal with physical topics. They're corny, but I find that they help my students remember some difficult concepts. Educational Innovations sells his cds at http://www.teachersource.com/Chemistry/ChemistryResources/Songs%20By%20Mike%20Offutt.aspx

Kathy Sparrow Kathy Sparrow 47692 Points

When I taught biology at the high school, we used to have the students put science lyrics to Christmas songs. I remember one student who created her song on mitosis told me she used that song (I forget the tune she used) to remember the phases of mitosis all the way through nursing school.

Adah Stock Adah Stock 101510 Points

Hi!
At a recent state science conference I attended there were 3 or 4 booths in the exhibit area that were selling CD's of science music. I think of Gardners "Multiple Intelligences" . Students who have this characteristic "show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments. They may study better with music in the background. They can be taught by turning lessons into lyrics, speaking rhythmically, tapping out time. Tools include musical instruments, music, radio, stereo, CD-ROM, multimedia."
This is an awesome way to address their tendencies.
Should you check how many of your students respond to this before you start playing music and songs in the classroom?

Ruth Hutson Ruth Hutson 63625 Points

In December, my physics class learns physics carols that are set to popular Christmas carols. The last day of class before winter break, we go caroling to other classes and bring the teacher an apple because December 25 is Newton's birthday.

Kathy Renfrew Kathy Renfrew 36288 Points

My favorite Science & Music comes from Science Explosion, three middle school teachers from Michigan. They have great songs. I have used them in grades 4-6. Here's the link: http://www.scienceexplosion.com/ You can now listen to Science Explosion on internet radio. Just click here: http://www.live365.com/stations/trappedinlab Thank You for Visiting the Science Explosion! The Music and Magic of Science Charlie, Dave, and Fred Check this out. They have songs for every science topic. Kathy

Bambi Bailey Bambi Bailey 9515 Points

Project Learning Tree has a set of songs with some dance sequences in their Energy and Society kit. They quite fun. They are by Billy B who seems to have quite a following among the environmental education crowd. Also, don't forget They Might be Giants - Why Does the Sun Shine (both versions - "the sun is a mass of incandescent gas" as well as "the sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma"), Particle Man, etc. You can find these on YouTube - there used to be a version that was supported by NASA and used their images, but there was some kind of copyright dispute and you can't find it anymore. I have it on an old CD from a workshop, but it's doesn't play on all computers.

Dorian Janney Dorian Janney 10465 Points

What a great topic! When I teach both my middle school students and my inservice teachers about the Sun, we use the following songs/videos that are easily available from You Tube. This one is about the Electromagnetic Spectrum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjOGNVH3D4Y And this is about the sun being a "mass of incandescent gas" by "They Might Be Giants" is fabulous when you are teaching about solar energy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JdWlSF195Y And this song, by the same group, fixes a mistake they made in the previous song, as they explain that the sun is actually a "miasma of incandescent plasma". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLkGSV9WDMA Enjoy! Dorian Janney

Adah Stock Adah Stock 101510 Points

Why not have students create songs to show that they understand concepts. It is amazing what they can come up with. Furthermore have this as a formative assessment of knowledge but be sure to include at least a one minute performance.

Alyce Dalzell Alyce Dalzell 64075 Points

Hello,
I recently discovered a site that is operated by graduate students and alumni from the University of California-Berkeley. It is such a fun site with short videos and imaginative songs. My middle school students laughed when I played a video on lab safety - but now look forward to the silliness, while remembering the learning objectives of the videos!

If you enjoy having fun in your classroom through music - your toe will be tapping during these science productions!

http://www.thesoundsofscience.com/videos.html

Enjoy your week, Alyce

Patty McGinnis Patricia McGinnis 25625 Points

Dr. Lodge McCammon presented at the Seimen's STEM Academy last summer; he is very creative and has put a number of science and math concepts to songs. Here's his site: http://www.iamlodge.com/beans/?page_id=8

Rita Lander Rita Lander 690 Points

Thanks to all of those who posted. I ordered a CD to use next week on cells. Hopefully there will be one on magnets. I am worried our school blocks you tube. Are any of these on teachers tube.com?

Rita Lander Rita Lander 690 Points

My CD came today titled Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants. I plan to incorporate the music as a motivational part of my lesson plan.

Nikki Turner Nikki Turner 20105 Points

This is my first time coming to the discussion forum. I'm glad I stopped by, thanks for the websites!!!

LeRoy Attles LeRoy Attles 56530 Points

Bill Nye the Science Guy has some really good music videos. You can find them by doing a google search. My favorite is one he did called "Water Cycle Jump" I have played this one in my 6th grade science class and my students absolutely loved it.

Latanja Thomas Latanja Thomas 1135 Points

The musical group, "They Might Be Giants" has a wonderful CD called "Here Comes Science." The CD came out last year (2009) and my kids love it. If you go online, you should be able to find out the playlist.

Kathy Renfrew Kathy Renfrew 36288 Points

I am so pleased to see the number of teachers who are using music as part of their science instruction. I used music all the time. I used it to engage students. I also used it as formative assessment. We would sing and then I would have the students illustrate their understnding of the concepts by constructing drawings, cartoons, poems, diary entries... As you can see science can be the fodder for all your instruction! Very cool. Kathy

Katherine Willet Katherine Zimmerman 21310 Points

They Might Be Giants "Here Comes the Sun" is a great CD, and I can convince the students they are a "cool" band because they tour and play clubs around DC. Another fun song is "I'm My Own Grandpa" for students to listen to and then draw the family pedigree. For some hilarious entertainment to introduce the science fair, use Brian Regan's "Brian Regan, Stupid in School". My students laugh so hard at it, but it also is a way for me to remind them to think creatively and to do the project on their own.

Roxanne McGinn Roxanne McGinn 90 Points

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Roxanne McGinn Roxanne McGinn 90 Points

Catchy songs are a great way to help children learn and retain important information pertaining to science and other subjects.Using familiar tunes that children already know, make song memorization that much easier. My children have learned the water cycle song, and continue to keep it in their memory banks because it is a fun way to learn. The importance and benefits of turning science information that may need to be memorized into songs is that the information is retained! Singing a song allows the children to be "Doers" in their science learning, making it something that stays with them as opposed to information that is learned, memorized, and forgotten about as soon as a test on that particular unit is completed. This is our goal as science teachers. We should all want our students to not only learn the information, but retain it so that they can use it again. Songs are such a fun way to teach children and many don't even realize they are learning! So sing loud, be goofy and have a good time. Your students will benefit...and so will you!

LeRoy Attles LeRoy Attles 56530 Points

Roxanne Would you mind sharing your water cycle song? Thanks

LeRoy Attles LeRoy Attles 56530 Points

Roxanne Would you mind sharing your water cycle song? Thanks

LeRoy Attles LeRoy Attles 56530 Points

Roxanne Would you mind sharing your water cycle song? Thanks

Steve Werner Steve Werner 1055 Points

I give students music for Camptown Races to write a summary song in our animal report and when we study worms. :) I'll post my worm song for you all to sing to your class:)I like this forum. Attached a Silly worm song. Students are to write a song about their animal after their research. Thanks all for your links.

Sarah Walters Sarah Walters 285 Points

My students love to learn science with songs. It seems like with the internet you can find a song for almost every science concept. I have found they also enjoy writing their own songs. One of the favorites they have asked to have replayed is the state of matter song and mitosis song Here is the link to it. The two songs State of matter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9WYweBA6vA Mitosis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W8kupKFCPk

Sarah Walters Sarah Walters 285 Points

My students love to learn science with songs. It seems like with the internet you can find a song for almost every science concept. I have found they also enjoy writing their own songs. One of the favorites they have asked to have replayed is the state of matter song and mitosis song Here is the link to it. The two songs State of matter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9WYweBA6vA Mitosis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W8kupKFCPk

Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

For all you Apple Addicts They Might Be Giant "Science is Real" is available with video through itunes. PS I LOVE my ipod touch 4G (I just had to say this)

 Dodie Resendez 3390 Points

Hi all! Kudos to those of you using music in the classroom. It seems student struggle to remember what they have learned, but they can all remember song lyrics! There is great value in having students write their own science songs to teach each other, review, etc. And now it is easier and easier to access digital cameras (or cellphones!) that can be used to make their own science videos. Some useful information I wanted to share:

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Susanne Hokkanen Susanne Hokkanen 79370 Points

What a great topic! One of my fellow grad students at MSU is doing her research project on using music to improve content retention and overall learning. I have used music to teach mitosis and the structure of the atom. I will look for my copies if any one is interested... Oh and by the way, I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but the kids have a great time singing with me, and they do not feel intimidated to sing good, since I really can't either. :-)

Ann Allison Cooke Allison Cooke 6540 Points

Just today, my co-teacher handed me the lyrics to a song about the states of matter set to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus: [i]The states of matter are liquid, solid, gas, liquid, solid, gas, liquid, solid, gas. . . [/i] I barely looked at it because in ONE second, I had the tune in my head for the rest of the day. If I can, I'll post the lyrics he gave me. Allison

Brittany Jerlinga Brittany Jerlinga 375 Points

I teach middle school, so for a song to work, it has to be something they don't think is, well, dorky. My favorite song resource is from FLOCABULARY! The kids at first kind of giggle, but then they get into it. Not only do you get a CD, but a high-quality book with the lyrics, and additional information. http://www.flocabulary.com/math_science.html

Steve Werner Steve Werner 1055 Points

Silly Worm Song. Thanks for all your links everyone. Steve

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Ruth Levantis Ruth Friedlander 6505 Points

Came back to see what has been added and these songs are cool. I have a song about volcanoes(sorry just finishing the unit,,,so mind is stuck on it). It has a great beat.
The lyrics are easy and show under the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcFtpWjZwlE

Steve Werner Steve Werner 1055 Points

Nice forum Pamela, Thanks to all, will be using. Also Pamela thanks for the suggested resources for science/reading. Keep the music flowing everyone. Steve

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 89733 Points

Hi fellow thread readers,
I came across an article written by Nancy Bort that has catchy science songs. The article,
Science Sampler: Using the Arts to Enhance Science Learning, has three songs for teaching cells and cell division. One is called "Cell Parts" sung to the tune of Sweet Betsy from PIke"; another is called "Mitosis" and is sung to the tune of "London Bridges Falling Down". The DNA song is sung to the tune "Oh Christmas Tree".
Carolyn

Brian Cole Brian Cole 215 Points

I have always used the Element Song from Tim Leher to begin talking about the elements and the historical progression of our understanding of them. A link to my favorite online version. http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html

Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

Here is Wired's favorite Science songs http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/07/sciencemusic

Stacy Holland Stacy Holland 6865 Points

They Might Be Giants, have excellent songs for science. In fact, my own children love the ROY G BIV song and video. My personal favorite is the Sun song and video...it's a bit alternative and has fast lyrics.

Caryn Meirs Caryn Meirs 26235 Points

Hi Stacy! My kids love TMBG songs too! You can typically find both slow and fast versions which makes them perfect for students to learn along with! My own kids grew up listening to the "Why Does the Sun Really Shine?" song - in college now they can still break out into it around the campfire...but recently the lyrics were changed. Now I can use both versions in my classroom and I get to talk about the truths in both versions, and how our understanding of the universe is ever changing. new lyrics: The sun is a miasma/Of incandescent plasma/The sun's not simply made out of gas No, no, no The sun is a quagmire/It's not made of fire/Forget what you've been told in the past (Plasma!)Electrons are free (Plasma!)Fourth state of matter Not gas, not liquid, not solid The sun isn't a red dwarf/I hope it never morphs/Into a supernova'd collapsed orb/Orb, orb, orb The sun is a miasma/Of incandescent plasma/I forget what I was told by myself/Elf, elf, elf (Plasma!)Electrons are free (Plasma!)Fourth state of matter Not gas, not liquid, not solid (Plasma!)Forget that song (Plasma!)They got it wrong That thesis has been rendered invalid

Stacy Holland Stacy Holland 6865 Points

Thanks for the new lyrics. I play my TMBG album Flood at home all the time. Some things really were great in the 80s. HA

Steve Werner Steve Werner 1055 Points

Hello, been working on an interactive syllabus for next year. Will be using some favorite songs for pre-test/post-test. Below is how I will present to students. Across the Universe : As a pretest to some of our studies this year/ WIN format/ Identify and explain any of the images you recognize/ attempt to understand any unknown words from the context of the song. Repeat this again at the end of the year as a final exam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj-4t9drUlM&feature=related Here Comes the Sun : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3h6FgFthC8 Radioactivity : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXD6Gtinvbc Sugar Sugar : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJvAL-iiLnQ Carbon is a girl’s best friend : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH96P4Lpobc&feature=related Thanks for enriching my classes all Keep posting Steve

Ruth Hutson Ruth Hutson 63625 Points

Steve wrote, "Hello, been working on an interactive syllabus for next year. Will be using some favorite songs for pre-test/post-test. Below is how I will present to students."

Hi Steve,
I was hoping you could explain the format of your pre-test and post-test using these songs. I partially liked the song about carbon. :)

Thanks!

Steve Werner Steve Werner 1055 Points

Hello Ruth, This is how I present the WIN format to the students in the J. part of my syllabus. Matt posted how to get reading/writing/science research in his classes trhis past year on the lists. I liked this win format, tested in class this past year, kids liked the choices of the web science magazines and other sites they were ask to summarize. Throughout we will study the sun,the birds and the bees,cellular metabolism...and it is my hope the stuff in the music vids will be more meaningful. J. WIN format (Credit to Matt Nupen from NSTA list) Your short abstract will follow the WIN format as follows along with a hand drawn image: • Article Title: Source: URL: Date Published: • W Who or what is the article or section mostly about? • I What is the most important information about the who or what? • N Write the main idea in a small number of words: • Write an abstract from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/states-of-matter.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7w01EobK1M&playnext=1&list=PL5C0EBA6E3A8F0101 (Little Red) is another I like when we discuss K.E. Mass stays the same/velocity changes......... :) One can never be to childish with 7th graders. Nice chatting Steve

Ruth Hutson Ruth Hutson 63625 Points

Hi Steve, I get it! :) What a great way have your students summarize and synthesize the content they have learned. Have you considered having your students also find songs on their own? Thanks for sharing.

Stacy Holland Stacy Holland 6865 Points

I have a new collection of rap science songs. Have you heard the layers of the earth rap sung to the "black and yellow" song? ALL my students love it. I found it on youtube.

Tina Harris Tina Harris 65805 Points

FYI For those of you who are members of the NSTA list-serves there has been a discussion going on databases and archives for science songs on the general science listserve.

I have used excerpts from songs (such as "Silver moon glittering in the sky .." from the song "Venus" by a '60s soft rock group known as "Shocking Blues") instead of complete songs. I once read that physicist Robert Millikan and poet Robert Frost were contemporaries at the University and that the poet wrote a song on some work that Millikan did in Physics. I tried to access the song from the world wide web by using Google search, but couldn't.

Helen Hicks Helen Hicks 2635 Points

The water cycle song is a song all students love to learn and sing it later. Since I live in Hawaii and part of our fourth grade social studies benchmarks is teaching about the Hawaiian culture and history. I taught a Hawaiian moon phases chant game. All the words are in Hawaiian and I explained to the students each line in english so they know the importance of this chant. This hand game is to be done with a partner kind of like those hand games they do to words and a rhythm. Ancient Hawaiians would plant and harvest their crops according to the moon phases and they had a different Hawaiian name for 30 phases of the moon. The hand game made it easier for children to remember all the phases and fun for them to play on their down time. I have upload a picture of all the phases and their names and my moon hand game chant is below. To see the hand game you can youtube it type in: "Kamali'i moon phases" Kamali‘i ‘ike ‘ole i ka helu po Hawaiian Moon Phases Hand Game Kamali‘i ‘ike ‘ole i ka helu po [Chidren who do no know how to count the nights] Muku nei, muku ka malama [Here is Muku, cut off is the moon/month] Hilo nei, kau ka Hoaka [Here is Hilo (Faint streak of light), the Hoaka (Crescent) rises] 'Eha Ku, 'eha 'Ole [There are 4 Ku days, and 4 'Ole days] Huna, Mohala, Hua, Akua [Huna (Hidden), Mohala (Blooming), Hua (Fruit), Akua (God)] Hoku, Mahealani, Kulua [Hoku (Full Moon Night), Mahealani (Full Moon Night), Kulua (Trickling away)] 'Ekolu La‘au, 'ekolu 'Ole [There are 3 La‘au (Plant) days, and 3 'Ole days] 'Ekolu Kaloa, Kane, Lono, Mauli no. [There are 3 Kaloa (Kanaloa) days, Kane, Lono, and Mauli (Life-Spirit). Kanaloa, Kane and Lono are three major gods of ancient Hawai‘i.]

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Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

Here is a site with a great song list http://www.songsforteaching.com/sciencesongs.htm

Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

"Pluto's Not a Planet Any More" http://www.songramp.com/mod/mps/srplayer.php?type=hipub&trackid=49124

Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

The Chromatics' AstroCappella project can enhance your museum event, create a live multimedia planetarium show, do teacher workshops, or perform for kids. http://www.astrocappella.com/

Vicky Jenei Vicky Jenei 395 Points

Hello everyone, This is such a fun topic! I’m a pre-service teacher, and in one of my science courses, my colleagues did a presentation which included a remake of a popular song. The original song is called “Blame It On the Alcohol” by Jamie Foxx (not school appropriate!) but in the YouTube video it was remade into “Blame It On the DNA.” It was made by a group of high school students. If you teach late elementary or high school grades, I think your students would probably recognize it, like it, and possibly even think it’s “cool.” Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqvYOr78THo. If you watch it, it’s funny and entertaining, and I think your older students might really appreciate it.

Vanessa Nambo Vanessa Nambo 245 Points

Hello everyone! I am in Mrs. Mohr's science methods class, one semester away from student teaching! Our class has had the opportunity to create our own science units, and two of my classmates chose a fun song relating to the water cycle for their unit on weather. The song is mostly for the younger grades, however, I found myself singing the song throughout the rest of the day when I heard it; it's very catchy! You can find the song in the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU5WCqKHBfs&feature=related

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 89733 Points

Hi Everyone, On another discussion thread, Sara K. shared a neat site for songs about astronomy:
Can Teach: Space
I thought I would share it here, too.
Thanks, Sara!

Chris Leverington Chris Leverington 4025 Points

I stumbled across this on youtube the other day. The person's username is parrmr. He is 30-40 different songs about science topics done to the tune of current pop songs. I played the "succession song" to my class the other day and they have been asking to listen to it ever since. Here is a link to "Like an F6" a song about Tornadoes done to the tune of "Like a G6" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXTUYCucd7k&feature=related

Mars Brownsen Mars Brownsen 575 Points

I too love TMBG Here comes Science... They are w real band... a long time ago the did a song about the sun ( the sun is a mass of incandescent gas) and then the re did it to make it more correct ( the sun a miasma of incandescent plasma). I love to use this to talk about how science is a process....

Tina Cardinali Tina Cardinali 420 Points

This such a great question. I don't have a good voice so being able to play the songs for the students would be much better than me trying to sing them. Thank you for the website info.

Megan Green Megan Green 515 Points

As a future teacher, I am often asked to create a lesson plan with various learning style alternatives. When I saw your post about songs, I immediately noticed that through my classes, I have often neglected those who are musical learners. Various types of music are introduced as such a young age now, often times when the child is still a fetus, that I feel music has become second nature to most students. Even if a student may not technically be a musical learner, they would most likely still be able to benefit through songs in lessons. After reading your post, I immediately searched for some science songs (although I was a little bit skeptical as to what would be out there). This website- http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/science_songs.html - has tons! They are catchy and easy to remember (I listened to a few:) They do seem like they might be for younger children, though. And although younger songs can be taught at any age, I bring up the question of how to get older students (4th and up) engaged and excited about these songs, as they may think they are "baby songs" and that they are too old and "cool" to participate. Are there any ways that you have found to teach science to older musical learners? Is there perhaps a rhythmic way of learning (ie: do poems work well for musical learners?)Are there ways to incorporate science and music together without songs?

Kathleen Chachich Kathleen Chachich 2825 Points

Songs are great...I find that I still remember even simple songs that are pretty corny that I learned during school. Music sticks in our brains. Also, students may act like they don't like it and dont want to sing but when it comes to assessment time and you notice many of the students singing the song to themselves it is effective. I like study jams from scholastic. It has some songs and interactive videos about science and math. They have done a good job to simplify the topics to something the children can really grasp. Also, brainpop is a wonderful resource. They have less songs but they have the same quirky and engaging presentation style with the videos

Chris Dudek Chris Dudek 375 Points

I think that songs are a wonderful way for students to remember science material, especially the auditory learners. I wish that they played science songs for me as a kid because I find my knowledge lacking. Making up a songs is easy for kids because there is no wrong answer and you will be amazed with the awesome and creative songs that students will come up with. My goal as a teacher is to play science songs in the classroom; I have heard great things about Bill Nye and They Might Be Giants, I will also have the students come up with their own songs when it applies. Looking forward to it!!!

Nicole Dainty Nicole Dainty 4120 Points

Here Comes Science by They Might be Giants has been mentioned several times already - but just wanted to throw that one out there again. If you purchase the CD you get one copy with music only, and another version that has videos that play along with the music. I teach middle school and my kids have really liked them. I have given students an assignment to come up with lyrics to pop songs (appropriate pops songs...which are harder to come by...) and then brought in a Wii and a karaokee game, then the kids sang their versions of the song instead of the actual lyrics. They ask me when we're going to do it again ALL THE TIME! And they still sing each other's songs. I have the issue regarding YouTube being blocked as well. However, I have asked the tech person to unblock it for me for a day and was able to have that done. If you have something on YouTube you really want to show, you could always ask if it'd be possible!

Patricia Reid Patricia Reid 1850 Points

Thanks for the great anount of ideas for songs. I will look at some of the sites mentioned and also google it. I am so glad I checked this discussion board. I forgot about using songs as a part of the students learning and it will be fun for me too! I do have a record, yes I did say a record, that has space songs on it and I haven't played it in a few years. Of course, when I do the planet song, I will need to tell them that Pluto is no longer a planet.

Kathy Renfrew Kathy Renfrew 36288 Points

Megan's question "Are there any ways that you have found to teach science to older musical learners? Is there perhaps a rhythmic way of learning (ie: do poems work well for musical learners?)Are there ways to incorporate science and music together without songs?" Megan, I am not sure how old a student you are talking about,but I taught 5th and 6th graders and they LOVED singing science song and they also LOVED being read to. I used picture books as well as songs to engage my students in science. Depending on the age of the student, a study of sound would definitely grab a K-6 student. I know because I did it with 5/6 th grade. I am wondering if others have different ways to integrate music into their science instruction? KAthy

Taylor Donahue Taylor Donahue 765 Points

These are great songs! I love the idea of teaching through music. I have always found it easier to memorize information when its to a beat. Thank you all for the music I hope to find more.

Don Dean Don Dean 200 Points

In this thread I didn't see the photosynthesis song by Dave Weatherwall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1_uez5WX1o Don

Jubilee Herr Jubilee Herr 480 Points

This is really smart song about GLUCOSE!! check it out :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJvAL-iiLnQ

Erin Lawrence Erin Lawrence 2640 Points

There are so many great science songs out there. Last year I played a photosynthesis song for my students. As we listened to the song, we labeled a diagram. This year when I met my new class the first thing one of my students asked me was "When do we get to hear the photosynthesis song?" It must have been such a hit last year, that students passed the information on to future students. I have attached the diagram and link for the song below! ENJOY! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1_uez5WX1o

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Deanna Spain Deanna 1195 Points

Wow cool exciting topic! Thank you all for sharing your ideas. I teach Kindergarten and they definitely respond to any type of singing or dancing. It helps them retain more information. I'm so boring and old school - the only science related song I know of is the skeleton song - head bone connected to the neck bone, etc. Hahaha

Uriel Richardson Uriel Richardson 2395 Points

Hi all. Can anyone email as many as you can for mathematics. I would sure like to sing them with my class and my guitar. Thanks!

Rebecca Austin-Datta Rebecca Austin Datta 3515 Points

I occasionally use chemistry and math songs by Mark Rosengarten (you tube) to introduce new topics and "Engage" students. At the end of the year, my students make their own revision song on a chemistry topic of their choice, using either Mark Rosengarten's slide show format with original lyrics or a modern music video format with acting and singing :-)

David Newman David Newman 10 Points

I have a bunch of science songs on my YouTube channel. The most popular (over 40,000 views) is "These are the Elements" which is a rap to help memorize the periodic table: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQu2eSeM66o There are also a bunch of songs more geared towards a younger crowd. (I started writing them for my older daughter when she was in third grade.) There are songs about soil and erosion, the food chain, and one about simple machines, which has been particularly popular in Australia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1Fhs8pXGxM I also created a blog where I go into a little more detail about the creation of each song: http://sciencesongbook.blogspot.com/ Feedback is appreciated, and requests are welcome! David

Patricia Rourke Patricia Rourke 45925 Points

Although physics teachers have been using 'physics holiday songs' for the past 40 years or so, I always found that some of the best songs or rhymes were those that students put to music themselves - I know there are many 'rap' projects on various teacher tubes that have students explaining science content via music --and some have more traditional tunes I love many of the ones presented thus far on this thread and wish that I could teach the Hawaiian chant - what a great way to teach across the elementary curriculum. A chapter of Active Physics called "Let Us Entertain You' ofen ends with students building their own instruments and creating their own music as a way to illustrate their understanding of light, waves, and sound. Such Phun! ~patty

Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

Here is a very small collection of science songs. I would welcome additional sources Pam

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Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68605 Points

I just created a collection of Chemistry Songs

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 steve staley 2480 Points

great song out there for teaching phases of the moon for those interested.

 steve staley 2480 Points

another one the students really liked and it helped them grsp the concept was on echolocation

Gerry Clarin Gerry Clarin 2125 Points

I love Micheal Offutt and the Chemistry SongBag. It's all about chemistry and really well written. I would play these songs in the background while students did independent work or I would play a particular song as the students came into class to get them curious about what they would learn that day.

Kathleen Foley Kathleen Foley 2585 Points

on iTunes you can find an album called rhythm rhyme results: science. The albums are for a number of different subjects, but there are 2 science cds. I used the water cycle rap song with my younger students when I taught 4th grade and they LOVED it! The had the song memorized and therefore finally remembered the water cycle stages. The cd also includes songs for lab safety, photosynthesis, circulatory system etc.

Lauren Leber Lauren Leber 1165 Points

Thank you for all of these great resources! Being an auditory learner myself, I feel that songs or mnemonic devices can be great learning tools for students of all ages. I am currently a pre-service teacher, as well as a supplemental student assistant in a fourth grade classroom. Last week I shared a water cycle song with our students to accompany an experiment in which they made "rain" in a jar. The students seemed to enjoy this one! http://www.tomsnyder.com/products/productextras/SCISCI/waterlyrics.html

Samantha Miranda Samantha Miranda 3940 Points

Thanks for all the science songs!

Julie Marsteller Julie Marsteller 960 Points

Hi, there are tons of these on you tube, a guy named Mr. Lee has a bunch. There is also a picture book that has great science poetry called "Science Verse" so fun. my 8th grades always get a kick out of these

Brandy Stewart Brandy Stewart 7755 Points

Teachertube.com is a great resource to find Bill Nye's stuff as well as other classroom songs created by teachers.

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Lorrie Armfield Lorrie Armfield 51433 Points

Brandy, TeacherTube Rocks. I've grown accustomed to looking for songs via YouTube (which seems to have a song for every discipline or module of science that I teach), but I just perused TeacherTube and it is fantastic. Thanks for sharing. LA

Sarah Henley Sarah Henley 905 Points

Hello-
As mentioned by many others, They Might Be Giants has a whole collection of science songs. The videos are actually all available on Vimeo (in case youtube is blocked at your school like it is at mine). I use "Meet the Elements" at the the beginning of my unit on the periodic table, and then again at the end as an extra credit activity where they have to write the elements shown by symbols in the video. It's very fun because they realize how many they easily recognize, as opposed to the start of the unit when it doesn't make that much sense to them. This creates kind of an "a-ha" moment. It's also very, very catchy! It is one of the things my students from previous years really remember well. Often, when I see them in the halls, they will start singing the elements song when they see me!

Daniel Carroll Dan Carroll 18570 Points

I use some actual songs. The Universe Song from Monty Pythons meaning of life. Also goo example of advancement of scientific thought. Song from They Might Be Giants. "the sun is a mass of incandescant gas" They remade it recently to correct it "the sun is a miasma of incandescent plasma" Both good songs.

Lisa Lariscy Lisa Lariscy 130 Points

At http://brambarker.com/scirave/scirave.html you can find SciRave Music. It's free and includes the lyrics. Hope this helps!

Polly Norrie Polly Norrie 1200 Points

I have turned my 5th Graders into TMBG ( They Might Be Giants ) fanatics. Here Comes Science songs and videos are a class reward. I have used the Cardinal Direction song from K-8th grade. It's handy for remembering where North, South, East and West are. Plus it reinforces left and right. I'm not sure of the original tune. When you are facing North, East is to your right. East is where the sun come up, bringing morning light. When you are facing North, to your left is West. West is where the sun goes down and time for us to rest. North and South are opposite, so are East and West. Once you know where North is you can find the rest.

Daniel Carroll Dan Carroll 18570 Points

I have a jugband called Yorktown Yahoos. We gave a presentation at NSTA national at new orleans about Pete Seeger. We sang Old Father Hudson and Sailing Up My Dirty Stream.

Dawn McCoart Dawn McCoart 6215 Points

Great links everyone! This is a fun group. Thank you for adding to my song list for Biology. Each year I try to have the kids make up songs of their own for evolution, mitosis and for some cycles in ecology. I think this year I'll encourage the students to post the lyrics online.

Dawn McCoart Dawn McCoart 6215 Points

p.s. I saw Dan's Jug Band presentation at NSTA NOLA it was a lot of fun! Great background stories about Pete Seeger and his role in the clean up of the Hudson River.

Dawn McCoart Dawn McCoart 6215 Points

p.s. I saw Dan's Jug Band presentation at NSTA NOLA it was a lot of fun! Great background stories about Pete Seeger and his role in the clean up of the Hudson River.

Ricki Luster Ricki Luster 1400 Points

Hello everyone, I was talking with one of my students about science songs, and she mentioned that the School House Rock Series has a tape with songs for different curricular areas. So be sure to check it out. Ricki Luster

Deborah Clevenger Deborah Clevenger 1350 Points

Hi Pamela, Good idea about getting science songs together. The Flinn Scientific has a cute song for those students who do not want to wear or keep their goggles on. It is the Goggle Song and is sung by the offender in front of the class to the tune of "I'm A Little Teapot". It goes: "I'm a little chemist, short and stout, Here are my goggles, Here are my eyes, When I don't wear my goggles, my teacher shouts Just put THEM ON or GET OUT!" Hope you enjoy it. Debb Clevenger :-)

Rochelle Tamiya Rochelle Tamiya 4085 Points

I'll be following the response you receive in regards to your requests for science songs as I too thought these might be great to share with my students as a FUN way of learning...thank you for asking!

Heidi Stevens Heidi Stevens 1160 Points

I did my Master’s Degree Research project on incorporating song into the curriculum and came across tons of songs that can help students to understand and remember various science concepts. Songs can help to break the monotony of everyday science lessons and I highly recommend incorporating them into any science curriculum, since they help engage and motivate students to learn otherwise difficult scientific concepts. One song that I heard about photosynthesis years ago is still stuck in my head. It is called “The Photosynthesis Song” and teaches about what photosynthesis is and what plants need to grow. Beware, it is extremely catchy and will be stuck in your head for days! It can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1_uez5WX1o Another fun song about Mitosis is called “Mitosis Rap” by a science teacher. It is very informative, touches on all the phases of mitosis, and has an extremely catchy chorus. If you look it up on You Tube, the video even has the lyrics to the song, which can be printed and used to introduce the concepts to the students in a fun way. It can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOsAbTi9tHw There is also a company called Have Fun Teaching that has made tons of different songs for elementary science concepts, including “Matter Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfP4lwdehuA , “Scientific Process” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7P9TKkAnhA , and “Weather Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBeRMyB_PgU (FYI- most of these songs have the same tune and the same guy singing them, so some people consider them to be extremely repetitive annoying. Others, like me, think they are fun and catchy.) Other songs worth looking into are: “Water Cycle Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw275056JtA “The Planet Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DULoVglW6x4 “Spineless” (about vertebrates and invertebrates) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQy0bAff1nU&playnext=1&list=PLBAF24A8F8AE61A92&feature=results_main “Scientific Method Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV8lSmIo4Ac “Butterfly Life Cycle (Metamorphosis) Song” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YVqHnw0W-Q “Metamorphosis” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qK-blI0qrY “Energy Blues” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX2wrXwe8ZM “Gravity” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vughvOehCS4 “Song of the Rocks” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri8jODxUQys “What is an Insect?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyirfxB1NQY “What are the Parts of a Tree?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIsKj_q7LHI “The Balance of Nature” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs2aP5itc2E

Elizabeth Penn-Jones Elizabeth Penn-Jones 1280 Points

A colleague of mine sent me a link to a song for the "electromagnetic spectrum". It's very catchy and the kids love it. Just teachertube search "bonus point band". I absolutely love the fact songs can help students solidify concepts and even help them take the lesson to the next level.

Ashley Behringer Ashley Behringer 425 Points

Heidi, Thank you so much for sharing all of these great songs! Currently, I am a pre-service teacher and in my science class we are doing a unit on the water cycle, so one of those songs will be very helpful to me. I believe that students remember information through songs. I will definitely keep your post in mind when creating lessons! Ashley

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