Teachers are busily writing songs for learning for and with their students this fall! Here are a few you can enjoy and share. All our materials are shared with teachers at no charge and we write songs using public domain melodies.

Literacy: Transitional Kindergarten

Beginning or the End?

(c) 2016 Jessica Baron, set to the tune of “Get on Board, Children Children” (hear the melody here)

 

Verse One:      There are sounds that come around

When special letters blend

They can come in the beginning

And also at the end

 

Refrain:           Raise your hand when you hear one!

Raise your hand when you hear one!

Raise your hand when you hear one!

Beginning or the end?

 

Verse Two:     “Rain” has sounds that come around

When special letters blend.

Is rain at the beginning

Or is rain at the end?

 

Refrain:           Do we rain hear in rainbow?

Do we rain hear in rainbow?

Do we rain hear in rainbow?

Beginning or the end?

Literacy: Second Grade

Second graders in Common Core states are learning about the elements of a story. Teachers begin by writing a thematic chorus and sample verse. Then students add lyrics that explain the concepts they are learning to a catchy melody. The result is understanding, happiness and retention of the new ideas.

Five Elements are in a Story

(c) 2016 by teachers Marcela Beltran, Cheree Adey, Katerina Govoni and Angelica Sanchez-Irving

To the tune of “Hey Lolly, Lolly” (This video shares the original song melody)

CHORUS:

Five elements are in a story, S – T – – – O – R – Y

Setting, Talking, Oops- a problem! Resolve it! Yes it’s solved!

VERSE ONE:

Every story has a setting, ST/ORY

It’s where and when the story happens, ST/ORY

VERSE TWO:

Every story has talking characters, ST/ORY

It’s who’s talking and what they’re doing, ST/ORY

CHORUS:

Five elements are in a story, S – T – – – O – R – Y

Setting, Talking, Oops- a problem! Resolve it! Yes it’s solved!

VERSE THREE:

Every story has a problem, ST/ORY

When the character faces an obstacle, ST/ORY

VERSE FOUR:

Characters work to solve their problem, ST/ORY

They work it out and resolve it!, ST/ORY

CHORUS:

Five elements are in a story, S – T – – – O – R – Y

Setting, Talking, Oops- a problem! Resolve it! Yes it’s solved!

 

Garden Learning with the “Garden Agreements” Song

By teacher Mindy Swanson and K-5 students at Birney Elementary

(Original melody available by email request)

Verse One:

When I come to the garden, I STOP (2x)

What do I see, what do I hear?

Open my eyes, open my ears

When I come to the garden, I STOP.

Verse Two:

When I come to the garden, I’m SAFE (x2)

I don’t run, I wear my hat, I drink plenty of water, I stay calm…

When I come to the garden, I’m SAFE.

Verse Three:

When I come to the garden, I’m RESPONSIBLE (x2).

I ask about picking fruit, so we can all share.  I tell if someone gets hurt.  I’m careful with tools.

When I come to the garden, I’m RESPONSIBLE.

Verse Four:

When I come to the garden, I practice RESPECT (X2).

I respect the __________ (butterflies, bees, lizards, plants and flowers, worms, etc.)

When I come to the garden, I practice RESPECT.

Verse Five:

When I come to the garden, I care (x2).

Like Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, Vendana Shiva, Warrior for Seeds

Cesar Chavez, Si se Puede! Garden Heroes, Lead the way!

When I come to the garden, I care!

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