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About fifteen years ago, I gave a quiz on the periodic table and was upset to find that most students had failed. Some students could only remember one or two of the elements. I decided that I needed to present and reinforce the elements in a more meaningful way. While commuting to school, I came up with "The Element Song." Students loved the song, and we also made a quilt of the periodic table. I was amazed when I quizzed them, and most every student received an A! It was then that I began developing songs for each of the units that I teach. Students who could not remember facts were now reciting important concepts and "singing science". Students repeatedly have returned to visit me and proudly recite the first thirty elements. I have been encouraged by my family and colleagues to produce a CD.
3. The Element Song
4. Water Wonderland
5. The Fossil Song
6. The Volcano Song
7. Oh, Density!
9. The Optics Song
13. The Element Song
14. Water Wonderland
15. The Fossil Song
16. The Volcano Song
17. Oh, Density!
19. The Optics Song
How I use these songs:
DNA: I have students make a "cut and paste" model of DNA. I introduce the DNA song. We then begin a genetic mating simulation, which drive home the concepts in the song.
The Element Song: We sing this song each day for about a week. Students may take an oral quiz on the song any time during the next week. If they havent sung the words to me by the end of the next week, they will take a written quiz.
Amoebas: Use the hand signs (see the word sheet) to reinforce the song.
The other songs: I sometimes introduce the unit with these songs, and will give extra credit for memorizing the words. Well sing at random spontaneous times during the unit.
How you can use them: Whether youre a parent or a teacher, encourage and "be amazed" when your child spouts out these songs. An insert with all the words is included. Ive also included a "karaoke version" for each song, so that your child can practice singing without the words. Use the karaoke to lead a class song yourself, or amaze your child by teaching them with the words. But most of all have fun with "Sing-A-Long Science"!
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I could not have done this without my familys great support and encouragement. "Thanks" is not enough for my wife, Karen, without whom I would be lost. Thanks to my daughter Kristin for her unending enthusiasm and positive attitude. My son Jeff has assisted me with the technology and has been very helpful. Thanks to my parents for all those years of keyboard lessons and listening to me practice, and to my mother-in-law Mildred for her constant help. Id also like to thank Sharon Jeffery, Russ Blake, and Beth Cook for convincing me that this was a worthwhile project. Cindi DiCicco deserves great appreciation for writing and allowing me to record "Water Wonderland". Finally, thanks to my students for proving that learning can be fun!
All music and vocals performed by Warren Phillips
Recorded at the studios of Ed Dillon and Mark Fitzpatrick