Friday, April 23, 2010

Garden Songs

Plants Sung to: "The Farmer In The Dell"
The farmer plants the seeds The farmer plants the seeds
Hi, Ho and Cherry O

The farmer plants the seeds
The rain begins to fall
The sun begins to shine
The plants begin to grow
The buds all open up
The flowers smile at me

Parts of the plants Sung to: "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
Do you know the parts of plants, parts of plants?
Do you know the parts of plants, parts of plants?
All kinds of plants that grow and grow and grow.
Do you know the parts of plants, parts of plants?

The roots hold the plant in place, plant in place.
The roots hold the plant in place, plant in place.
The roots store food and water too.
The roots hold the plant in place, plant in place.

The stem moves water up the plant, up the plant.
The stem moves water up the plant, up the plant.
The stem brings water to the leaves.
The stem moves water up the plant, up the plant.

The leaves soak up the sun, soak up the sun.
The leaves soak up the sun, soak up the sun.
The sun helps the plant to grow and grow and grow.
The leaves soak up the sun, soak up the sun.

The flower grows into a fruit, into a fruit.
The flower grows into a fruit, into a fruit.
Inside the fruit are little, tiny seeds.
The flower grows into a fruit, into a fruit.

Daffodils fingerplay
One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.

The Planting Flowers Song (sung to "Peanut, Peanut Butter, and Jelly
First you take the seed and you plant it, you plant it
Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime

Next you take a shovel and you dig, you dig
Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime

Put it in the soil and you cover, you cover
Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime

Next you take the can and you water, you water
Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime

Give it lots of sun and it will sprout, will sprout
Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime

Look at all the flowers that are growing, are growing
Chorus: Planting, Planting Flowers, for Springtime

Five Spring Flowers
Five spring flowers, all in a row.
The first one said, "We need rain to grow!"
The second one said, "Oh my, we need water!"
The third one said, "Yes, it is getting hotter!"
The fourth one said, "I see clouds in the sky."
The fifth one said, "I wonder why?"

Then BOOM went the thunder
And ZAP went the lightning!
That springtime storm was really frightening!
But the flowers weren't worried–no, no, no, no!
The rain helped them to grow, grow, GROW!

Out in My Garden Sung to: "Down by the station"
Out in my garden early in the morning
see the little vegetables all in a row
see the rows of carrots
and the rows pf peas, water, hoe, grow, grow
In my garden please.

Teaching Ideas: Substitute carrots and peas for other vegetables

This is the way we plant the seeds
Sung to: "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush."
This is the way we plant our seeds,
Plant our seeds, plant our seeds.
This is the way we plant our seeds,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the wind does blow,
This is the way the rain comes down,
This is the way the sun shines bright,
This is the way the seed grows up,
This is the way we hoe the soil,
This is the way we pick our beans,

Earth Day Songs

Recycling In My Home
(to the tune of "The Wheels On the Bus")
Recycling in my home goes round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
Recycling in my home goes round and round,
All through the day.
Tie up the papers and take them back,
Take them back, take them back.
Tie up the papers and take them back,
All through the day.
Crush the cans and take them back.....
Rinse the milk bottles and take them back....
Save the glass and take it back......
Working on the Trash
(to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad")
We've been working on RECYCLING All the trash we can,
We've been working on recycling, It's a very simple plan,
Separate your glass and paper,
Separate your plastic and tin.
Take the trash that you've recycled To your recycling bin!
We've been working on REDUCING All the trash we can.
We've been working on reducing It's a very simple plan.
Don't go wasting any products, Use just exactly what you need.
Don't buy things in extra wrapping, Reduce and you'll succeed!
We've been working on REUSING All the trash we can.
We've been working on reusing, It's a very simple plan.
If it's a paper bag you're using, Don't use it once, use it twice!
Give old clothes and toys to someone, To reuse them would be nice! 

Reduce Reuse Recycle (to the tune of "The More We Get Together")
Reduce Reuse Recycle Recycle... recycle
Reduce Reuse Recycle It's easy to do
Cause your trash And my trash
Make up way Too much trash
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Its easy to do! 
Down at the dump Sung to: "Down by the station"
Down at the factory early in the morning,
See the recycling trucks standing in a row.
See them dump the
plastic
In a great big pile, dump, dump, toot, toot
Watch them go.
Substitute plastic for metal, glass, paper, bottles, cans, etc. . . 

Recycle for our earth
Sung to Mary Had a Little Lamb 
Hear the cans go crunch, crunch crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, Hear the cans go crunch, crunch crunch, Recycle for our earth. 
Hear the paper go crinckle, crinckle, crinckle...crinckle,crinckle,crinckle,...Hear the paper go crinckle, crinckle, crinckle...Recycle for our earth. 
Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding,
Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding
Recycle for our earth.
I'm A Piece of Litter (Sung To: "I'm A Little Teapot") 
I'm a piece of litter, Pick me up,
Put me in the garbage, Or recycle me,
When you do this, You'll make the earth,
Much more beautiful, For you and me,
See the pond all grimy, Help clean up,
You'll see more happy faces,
Where ever you go,
You'll make the earth more beautiful than ever before,
You'll be able to hear it say "Thank you!"

Monday, April 19, 2010

Flashcard Tip

Do you ever want to drill a student on notes or chords, but have to sort through the cards to find all the notes they know and take out the ones they haven't learned yet?  I finally came up with a easy system to help.  I have organized my flash cards according to the students level.  I use a sticker that is the same color as the students books and place it on the back of the card.  I use Faber and Faber a lot, so purple cards are all the notes they will learn by the end of the book.  Then red cards add High C position and some notes in G position.  This saves me a lot of time!!!

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