Of course, humming that tune, it reminded me (in a "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" sort of way), of my 2nd session at MAEOE's [Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators] conference that I attended just this past weekend. The session was entitled "Teaching Environmental Ethics Through Games and Songs" and was run by two gregarious and fun educators, Edward Hall and Sean McGuinn of Arlington Echo. They are two vital components of the Camp Woodlands Kindergarten Environmental Literacy Unit "Trees Are Terrific." During their hour long session, they had us singing, moving, and grooving to some familiar tunes with revamped text to make science concepts come to life for young children. We also had an opportunity to write a tune of our own.
It was a fun session which I loved, but it was great in reminding us of all the things we already know. Kids are much more engaged when they are entertained, and active participants in their own learning. It builds a kinesthetic memory, which strengthens the retention of the skills. Here is a great infographic reminding us why we need to incorporate music more (double click on it to enlarge or the above link):
Here's a fun and easy one from Hall & McGuinn's Arlington Echo Trees Unit:
or to speed up!
"trunk" = hands on hips
Here's the one our 3rd grade group of 4 teachers created in 15 minutes or less. (It's not ready for the Grammy's, but it's fun, teaches a bit, & does the job!)
(For more eco-songs à la Green Team Gazette, check out this link.)
Infographic from http://lteacherstoolbox.blogspot.fr/2012/09/news-music-learning.html, Arlington Echo logo from http://www.arlingtonecho.org/, and Love Loaf pic from my sister-in-law.