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Module #9: Science

Step By Step Instructions:

1. Before you present this material to your students, prepare by watching the videos and practicing the movements and choreography that go with each song and activity.
2. Read along with the lyrics on the song cards to learn how to sing along with each song.
3. When you are ready, gather the children in the group space. Have your audio player ready with the music. Have the song cards ready to guide you with the Instructions, Introduction (what you say to the children to introduce the song before starting the audio) and the Song Lyrics.
4. Introduce the first song then start the audio track and model the movements to show the children how to move their bodies.

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I Am the Water in the Ocean/The Water Cycle Song

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

Start with the children sitting in the circle. As you give the introduction, mime the movement of ocean water with your arms. As the song plays, model the movements of water vapor rising up to become clouds, rain falling down on the land and the stream that flows out to the sea to start the process all over again.

Intro:

Water is a very special thing. It can be in three different states: liquid water like the water in the ocean or the water that we drink, frozen water like the ice in our freezer and water vapor like the steam that we see rising from a pot of pasta boiling on the stove.

Show me how you can move your arms like the water in the ocean!

Lyrics:           chords: (capo 3rd) E A B7/A E B7 E

I am the water in the ocean

This is my motion

Hot hot sun causes evaporation

Now I’m water vapor

I start to rise

Up to the sky

I’m a cloud so high

My drops are getting bigger (condensation)

It’s time for rainy weather

Drip drip drop, Drip drip drop

Now we’re falling all together

Now I’m raining down

on the farm and the town

For the plants and animals living on the ground

Now I’m a river that is flowing

All the plants are growing

If it gets really cold then I will be snowing

I’m the water in the ocean

This is my motion…. (return to beginning)

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High Sounds/Low Sounds

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

In this song you and the children will be going up and down with the sound of the slide whistle. Start by bending your knees and squatting down in the circle with the children. As the sound of the whistle goes up, you go up. As the sound goes down, you go down.

Intro:

Sound comes from vibrations in the air. High sounds have fast vibrations. Low sounds have low vibrations. A whistle makes high sounds and low sounds depending on how much air is inside it. Let’s go up and down with the sound of the whistle in the song.

Lyrics:                                                                   chords: D A7

High sounds

Low sounds

Why does the sound get high and low?

Sound is vibration in the air

Fast vibrations make high sounds

Slow vibrations make low sounds

A little bit of air means fast vibrations

A lot more air means low vibrations

Slide the whistle up and there’s less air inside

Slide the whistle down and there’s more air inside

A little bit of air can vibrate faster

A lot more air takes longer to vibrate

High sounds

Low sounds

That’s why the sound goes high and low

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Dinosaurs Had Feathers!

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

Show the children the illustration on the other side of this card. Ask them to describe what they see. They may say, dinosaur and/or bird. Tell the children that all these animals are really dinosaurs. Many dinosaurs had feathers like birds do. They used the feathers to keep themselves warm and to attract a mate. Eventually dinosaurs evolved into birds and learned how to fly. 

Intro:

Let’s pretend that we are dinosaurs and we have feathers like the ones we see in the picture. Show me how you walk on four legs, on two legs and then flap your feathers and see if you can fly. What kind of foods did dinosaurs eat? Some ate plants, some ate bugs and some ate meat.

Lyrics:                               Chords: (capo 5th) D A7 D G D A7 D

Some dinosaurs walked on all four legs

Show me how they walked

Some dinosaurs walked on just their back legs

Show me how they walked

Some dinosaurs flap their wings and try to fly

Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap

Some could fly a little but not very high

Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap

I’m a dinosaur

look at my feathers

They make me look so fancy

They keep me warm and cozy

I lived so long ago and I don’t know if you’ve heard but

someday I will evolve into a bird

Now I’m getting hungry

What should I eat?

I might eat some plants

I can grab with my feet

I might eat some bugs

or I might eat some meat

yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

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Plants Are Growing

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

Start with the children squatting down in the circle. As the song plays, model the movements of a plant with it’s roots (fingers) in the ground. As the song progresses, spread out your fingers as leaves. Model the action of hydrogen and carbon dioxide mixing together with your fingers and the plant growing into a tree.

Intro:

Plants soak up water from their roots in the ground. The water travels up into their leaves. With the Sun’s energy, they separate the water into two things: oxygen and hydrogen. They mix the hydrogen with carbon dioxide to make the food that they need to grow big and strong.

Lyrics:                             chords: E A B7 E

Plants are growing

my roots grow into the ground

soaking up water and minerals

my roots grow down, down, down

Plants are growing

My leaves open up to the sun

I use the sun’s energy to make food for me

growing leaves one by one

That’s how I grow tall

That’s how I grow strong

With my roots in the ground and the sun on my leaves

That’s where I belong

What people breathe out

plants breathe in

What plants breathe out

people breathe in

It goes in a circle

again and again

so wave your branches

in the breeze

as we are growing into trees

this kind of magic

that we can see

it’s all happening

inside our leaves

it’s all happening

inside our leaves

I take water

and I do a little magic

change it into two other things

I give away the oxygen and keep the hydrogen

cause that’s the one

that I need

I mix it with carbon dioxide

That’s how I make food for me

This all happens

inside my leaves

while I’m growing into a tree

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Instructions:

Start a discussion about clouds, lightning, thunder and rain. Ask the children to describe their experience with these things. Ask the children to rub their hands together rapidly to create static electricity like clouds do.

Intro:

When water droplets and ice crystals rub together inside of storm clouds they create static electricity. When lots of electricity builds up inside the cloud, it flashes down to the ground as lightening.

Lyrics:                                               chords: G C D bridge: D C

I’m a big, dark storm cloud

thunder head is my name

I roll across the sky

making lightning and thunder and rain

water drops and ice crystals

causing friction inside of me

I rub them together and make

static electricity

faster and faster

my electrons are buzzing

I’m negatively charged

I need to make some lightning

my lightning bolts shoot so far

There is a positive charge

on the ground down below

in a big flash of lightning

my electrons want to go

Electrons jump! x 4

Now the rain is quieting down

all the lightning is done for today

All my friends come out of their houses

Into the sunshine its time to play

Come on friends

Come on let’s jump!

Come on let’s jump!

Come on let’s jump!

In the puddles

Come on let’s jump!

make a splash

Come on let’s jump!

In the sunshine

Come on let’s jump!

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Gravity

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

Start a discussion with the children about the effects of gravity. Demonstrate by holding an object and asking what will happen to it if you let go of it. Let go of the object and ask the children to tell you what happened to it. Start the song and model the movements described in the song along with the children.

Intro:

What will happen to this ball if I let go of it? Will it float up into the air? (drop the ball) What happened to the ball? It fell down. What made the ball fall down to the floor? Gravity! Gravity pulls everything down to the Earth. If we were out in space, the ball would have floated up in the air. But the Earth has gravity that keeps us down on the ground.

Lyrics:                                                       chords: Dm Gm C A B

Gravity, gravity

it is pulling on you and me

It keeps our feet touching the ground

sometimes it can make us fall down

I can balance on one foot

I can stand on my tippy toes

I can lean from side to side

under Gravity’s pull

I can jump and I can dance

I can lay down on the floor

Gravity pulls me down

to the ground once more

I can lay down on my tummy

I can push myself up and down

Gravity pulls me back

back down to the ground

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Liquid, Vapor, Ice

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

This game is like the freeze dance with a special twist. Before you introduce this song you can explore the different states of water with the children. Let them experience an ice cube, liquid water in a bowl and water vapor from a spray bottle.

Intro:

Please stand up and put on your “invisible bubble.” That means that your body will not bump you friends. Please move where there is room to go without bumping. Ice is frozen and does not move. Liquid water, like the water that we drink or the water in the ocean can move slowly. Water vapor like the steam that we see rising up from a pot of spaghetti cooking on the stove moves quickly. When we are ice, we hold still. When we are liquid, we move slowly. When we are water vapor, we walk fast.

Lyrics:                                                                 

Liquid Water

Ice

Vapor

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I Can Stand Up Tall

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

This is a dancing and moving song. Have the children put on their “invisible bubble.” Model the movements in the song and encourage the children to move along with you. After the song, have a discussion about what kinds of foods help our bodies to grow healthy and strong.

Intro:

Please stand up and put on your “invisible bubble.” Our bones support our body so we can stand up tall. Our muscles have energy that helps us to move our bodies. We eat good food to help us jump, dance, hear sounds, see far away and do all the things that we do with our bodies.

Lyrics:                                              chords: G C D

I help my body grow healthy and strong

by eating food all day long

I can swing my arms, oh yea!

stomp my feet, oh yea!

My strong bones are supporting me

I can hop from foot to foot

I can swing on the monkey bars

I can jump so high off the ground
I can run so fast and far

I can ride my bike, oh yea

I can do jumping jacks, 1 – 2 – 3

I can turn around and around

I can climb up the tallest tree

I help my body grow healthy and strong

by eating food all day long

I can stand up tall, un huh!

I can hop hop hop, oh yea!

My strong muscles have energy

I can sing with my voice, La la la

I can see very far away

I can hear lots of sounds with my ears

I can listen to the words people say

I can learn lots of things at my school

I can paint a dinosaur

I can read all the words in my book

I can make a lion’s roar

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Life Cycle of a Butterfly

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

Model the movements in the song and encourage the children to move along with you as you transform into a caterpillar, a chrysalis and finally a butterfly. Fly with the friends around the group space. After the song, have a discussion about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Intro:

Lay down on the floor. You are now a caterpillar egg laying on a leaf with all your caterpillar brothers and sisters. Soon you will hatch into a caterpillar and you will eat lots of leaves to grow big. Then you will become a chrysalis and stay still for a long time. Finally you will become a beautiful butterfly.

Lyrics:                                       chords: A D E

I’m a caterpillar egg

laying on a leaf

my brothers and sisters

all around me

Now I hatch and I’m a caterpillar

All I do is eat

wiggle and eat

for two whole weeks!

mm mm mm, I love to eat those leaves

Now I’ve grown so plump and big

I hang upside-down from the bottom of a twig

Now I am a chrysalis

I am so still

I do not move for two whole weeks

but look out world at how special I will be

It’s time to fly

Now I spread my wings

with my brothers and sisters

all around me

drinking tasty nectar from a flower

We can fly for hours and hours

Fly, fly butterfly fly!

I’m a butterfly

flying in the trees

my brothers and sisters

all around me

I flutter my wings

when I want to go

I can fly up high

and fly down low

There’s nowhere that I can’t go

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Animals Are Special

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

Pass out the instruments and encourage the children to play along to the rhythm of the song. After the song is done, ask the children to name animals and what those animals say, what they eat and where they live.

Intro:

Different kinds of animals make their own special sounds, eat their own special kinds of food and live in their own special places. The place where an animal lives is called its habitat.

Lyrics:                                     chords: Em B7

Animals all make their very own sound

No other animal sounds like that

Animals all eat different foods

Animals live in their own habitat

A habitat is where an animal lives

Animals all have their own way of moving

Slither, crawl, swim, jump or fly

Animals all have different senses

Some can see and hear more than you or I

What does a lion say?

Roar!

What does a lion eat?

Meat

Where does a lion live?

In the jungle

Now let’s learn some more

rhinoceros, eagle, bear, parrot, seagull, tiger, wolf, deer, snake, fox, lion, elephant, monkey, hyena, hippopotamus, zebra, leopard, bee, crocodile, owl…

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Rhythm Sounds

by Nick Young

 

Instructions:

Review Ta, Ti-ti and Digidigi by playing them one at a time with the children. Combine

Ti-ti and Ta and play with the group. Combine Digidigi and Ta and play with the group.

Intro:

It’s time for rhythm sounds. What is the name of this sound? How many dots does Ta have? How many dots does Ti-ti have? How many dots does Digidigi have?

Lyrics:                           

Ta, Ta, Ta, Ta….

Ti-ti, Ti-ti, Ti-ti, Ti-ti….

Digidigi, Digidigi, Digidigi, Digidigi….

Ti-ti, Ta, Ti-ti, Ta, Ti-ti, Ta, Ti-ti, Ta….

Digidigi, Ta, Digidigi, Ta, Digidigi, Ta….