Saturday, July 20, 2019

Songs by SummerReads 2019 students: Windsor Hills ES



This summer I’m teaching two SummerReads residencies, where we have a few days to write a song together. I’ve focused on the theme of space travel in our books.


Parody of Beat It based on the book Moustronaut
Moustronaut was getting ready to go
To take a trip to Mars, he was ready though
But they didn't call his name, so he had to stow
So fly it, just fly it

5-4-3-2-1 blasted off to space
Take a trip to Mars, at the red place
The lander didn't work so Moustronaut took their place
Just fly it, Moustronaut saved the day!

chorus:
Just fly it, fly it, fly it, fly it
He stowed away, he tried it
Used the ship to land on Mars
Moustronaut reaching for the stars
Just fly it


Parody of Beat It - theme of space travel
I built a rocket to go to space
I left the earth to go to another place
I was flying so high, but it took a couple days
So leave it, just leave it

They told me you don't even wanna see Mars
You will never make it cuz it's too far
But I made it anyway and I flew to the stars
I made it, just made it

chorus:
Just leave it, leave it, leave it, leave it
Going to the moon to see it
Flying a rocket in outer space
Traveling to a whole 'nother place
Just leave it

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Parody Songs written at Belle Grove ES!

We had a great time writing at Belle Grove ES, about a diverse bunch of topics. Thanks to all the creative students and teachers!



Freedom (parody of Treasure by Bruno Mars, by Mrs Granger's class - topic: the Civil War)
verse 1:
Federal, federal, federal, federal power
But the south wants their own state control
Northern jobs in factories and towers
Southerners tried to break Lincoln’s soul

pre-chorus:
Oh no oh oh oh oh
I know that you don’t know I’m sick of being sold (being sold)
oh no oh oh oh oh
This life is getting old please let us go (let us go)

chorus:
Freedom, that is what we need
Ending slavery, we agree
North and South are battling
Slavery’s chains stop rattling
But the South wants to secede, oh oh

verse 2:
General Robert E. Lee he had to surrender
General Grant and his army won the war
John Wilkes Booth was Lincoln’s assassin
Reconstruction and freed slaves were the goals post-war

bridge:
We won the war, the Civil War,
we won the war, the civil, Civil War
We won the war, the Civil War,
we won the war, the civil, Civil War

Freedom, that is what we need
Ending slavery, we agree
North and South are battling
Slavery’s chains stop rattling
But the South wants to secede, oh oh




Fractions (parody of Treasure by Bruno Mars, by Ms Harris' class - topic: the fractions)
verse 1:
Give me my , give me my, give me my, piece of brownie
I gotta figure out how many parts I have
I need to split them so each size is the same
so none of my friends will complain

pre-chorus:
oh, whoa, oh oh, oh oh
denominators always under the line, under the line
oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
it tells you all the parts that you put inside, put inside

Chorus:
Fractions, that is what they are
It’s a whole split into parts
Numerators what you take
A whole number’s what you make
please let me solve you now ow oooowww

verse 2:
math, math, math, math, math, math you should be easy
a subject like you should never be so hard
you’re the only thing I do all day
you make my brain grow so large

oh, whoa, oh oh, oh oh
denominators always under the line, under the line
oh whoa, oh oh oh oh
it tells you all the parts that you put inside, put inside

Fractions, that is what they are
It’s a whole split into parts
Numerators what you take
A whole number’s what you make
please let me solve you now ow oooowww

bridge:
you are my favorite, you are my favorite,
you are my favorite, yeah, you you you, you are
you are my favorite, you are my favorite,
you are my favorite, yeah, you you you, you are

Fractions, that is what they are
It’s a whole split into parts
Numerators what you take
A whole number’s what you make
please let me solve you now ow oooowww





Multiply (parody of Treasure by Bruno Mars, by Ms Woodruff's class - topic: multiplication)

verse 1:
Multiply, multiply, multiply, please assist me
This equation can you give me help?
There’s a bunch of equal size groups that I see
Just count them up and then you’ll do well

pre-chorus:
Oh, whoa, oh-oh, oh-oh
I know that your so smart, you can figure it out (figure it out)
Oh, whoa, oh-oh, oh-oh
You can multiply, when you count count count (count, count, count)

chorus:
Factors, when you multiply
Get your product girls and guys
I know that you can do your best
Make an array on your next test
Know what your doing, please don’t guess

verse 2:
Measuring, measuring, measuring all the flour
Counting all the apples for apple pie
How many cups of sugar do we need?
6 times 8 is 48, multiply

pre-chorus:
Oh, whoa, oh-oh, oh-oh
I know that your so smart, you can figure it out (figure it out)
Oh, whoa, oh-oh, oh-oh
You can multiply, when you count count count (count, count, count)

chorus:
Factors, when you multiply
Get your product girls and guys
I know that you can do your best
Make an array on your next test
Know what your doing, please don’t guess

bridge:
I multiply, everyday that’s what I say,
I multiply, everyday that’s what I say,


chorus:
Factors, when you multiply
Get your product girls and guys
I know that you can do your best
Make an array on your next test
Know what your doing, please don’t guess





Place It (parody of Beat It by Michael Jackson, by Ms Center's class - topic: place value)

verse 1:
They told me how significant the value’s place
You need to know this, get that look off of your face!
You might fail the test, but that’s not the case
So place it, just place it!

You better think, you will need to be able
To find the digit’s value, put it on the table.
Hundreds, tens, and ones,then figure out the label
Just place it, and your gonna be rad!

Just place it, place it, place it, place it
Everybody wants to ace it!
Show them the value, choose the right place
If you mess up, you can erase
Just place it place it, just place it place it
Just place it place it, just place it place it

Decimals and fractions, they are really the same
They show you just a portion of everything.
Little dot in the spot, it will change the name
So place it, just place it

I went to buy some Jordans that were tight and nice
Saved up all my money, made a sacrifice
The decimal is precise, helped me figure out the price
So place it, but my money ran away.

Just place it, place it, place it, place it
Everybody wants to ace it!
Show them the value, choose the right place
If you mess up, you can erase
Just place it place it, just place it place it
Just place it place it, just place it place it

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Margaret Brent ES students write parodies, May 2018


Songs: God's Plan by Drake; Colors by the Haschack Sisters.

I had a great time at Margaret Brent ES writing parodies this month! They wrote great lyrics in only 3 class sessions, which is really short -- I was impressed. The fourth graders (seen in the photo warming up with my magnet songwriting challenge) wrote parodies about weather and natural disasters for one song, and the book The Birchbark House for the other. Thanks to Mr. Smith and Ms. Rogers for welcoming me in!

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Survival parody of Colors by Ms Roger's class

Verse 1:
She’s blue
Some days she don’t feel like doing her chores
Then she’s red
Chopping down wood with all of her friends
Then she’s green
People might get jealous of what she thinks
But that’s her
She’s all of these things

Pre-chorus:
Omakayas is sad about
How Neewo got sick and died
But she found her inner strength
Say i-it, out lou-oud
Like a rainy day out of the clouds
She let her heart shine
Life didn’t get her down down down

Chorus:
It’s all in survival, survival survival
Survival with you, ooh ooh ooh
Smallpox is making it hard 
The whole winter through, ooh ooh ooh
All of it started with a little sneeze
And it turned out to be a whole disease
Survival, survival, survival
Survival with you, ooh-ooh, ah-ah

Verse 2:
Sometimes she works fields
Having hard shifts is really a risk
Trying to hunt food
Then Big Knife came, everything changed
Then they all got sick
Smallpox spread as fast as a fox
Neewo passed away
Ten Snow died the same
      
Pre-chorus:
Omakayas is sad about
How Neewo got sick and died
But she found her inner strength
Say i-it, out lou-oud
Like rainy day out of the clouds
She let her heart shine
Life didn’t get her down down down

Chorus:
It’s all in survival, survival survival
Survival with you, ooh ooh ooh
Smallpox is making it hard 
The whole winter through, ooh ooh ooh
All of it started with a little sneeze
And it turned out to be a whole disease
Survival, survival, survival
Survival with you, ooh-ooh, ah-ah


Bridge:  
Oh,Oh Omakayas its almost done
Got to get through this got to get through Biboon(Winter)
Just know Neewo is gonna be ok
Ten snows coming right his way, his way

Chorus:
It’s all in survival, survival survival
Survival with you, ooh ooh ooh
Smallpox is making it hard 
The whole winter through, ooh ooh ooh
All of it started with a little sneeze
And it turned out to be a whole disease
Survival, survival, survival
Survival with you, ooh-ooh, ah-ah

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Natural Disasters, parody of God’s Plan by Drake
[Intro]
They missing and missing and missing and missing
And missing on me

[Verse 1]
I’m just wind but everybody scared of me
When I hit your house all your stuff will hit the street
I come at any time so be prepared for me
Get in your car and drive down 83
I don’t wanna spin like a beyblade  
Flying through the air and smashed in a tree. 
Tornadoes spin around like they are free 
When a tornado hit it kills everybody.

[Chorus 1]
Natural (pause) Disaster
It’s a terrible disaster
You can run away faster
Did you hear the forecaster?
Earthquake coming to kill us 
You might fall into the earth’s crust 
All the shaking make the dust, ay

[Post-Chorus] 
And feel 
Feel me 
When I come around the city
they missing and missing and missing and missing
And missing on me
And feel 
Feel me 
When I come around the city 
they missing and missing and missing and missing
And missing on me
Yuh, ayy, ayy


[Verse 2]
Hurricane is coming so you better run hardly
I only love my basement and food I’m so sorry
Dangerous, I even got it tatted on me
Hurricanes are crashers to the party
Death chose me
Katrina was the killer back in 03, dog
Without water vapor there’d be no me
Imagine if I lived through it partly

[Chorus 2]

Hurricane (pause) hurricane

I can't stop it on my own

Someone watchin' the nadoes

I've started as a baby volcano, ayy,, ayy

Might go outside today., yeah, wait

I destroy every beach in the east

My destruction is complete,, yuh




[Post-Chorus]

And feel 
Feel me 
When I come around the city
they missing and missing and missing and missing
And missing on me
And feel 
Feel me 
When I come around the city 
they missing and missing and missing and missing
And missing on me
Yuh, ayy, ayy

 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wyngate ES April 2018 - Parody songs about habitats!

It was another great year writing parodies with the excellent teachers and students at Wyngate Elementary School in Bethesda MD! They focused on several different habitats for our topic.
Songs used: Thunder; Feel it Still; Whatever It Takes; Best Day of My Life; Rockabye

Tundra - parody of Thunder by Imagine Dragons
Written by Mrs. Elgin’s class
Verse 1   Tundra (climate)
Verse 2   Jungle (climate)
Verse 3   Tundra (animals and plants)
Verse 4   Jungle (animals and plants)
Chorus compare and contrast and characteristics of habitats
Verse 1
In the Tundra, not much lives there
Empty hillsides with no warm air
It’s the neighbor to the arctic
Let’s leave this dreary place behind
Verse 2
Not a frozen zone
But I’m on my own
Cocoa beans in the rain
Take a whack at a coconut
I’ll tell you what let’s build a tree hut

Tundra, tundra Tundra, tun', tundra
Jun-jun-jungle, jungle, jungle
Tundra, tun', tundra, Jun-jun-jungle, jungle
Tundra, feel the freezing
Arctic hares in the summer
Jungle, hear the monkey
Living in the jungle
Jungle, tundra, jungle
Verse 3
Tons of creatures in the freezing
Wolves and bunnies are calmly sleeping
Where do you think they are?
In their caves watching the North Star.
Verse 4
You be the tiger, you be the King
The Panther’s crucial, It’s mysterious
You may discover new trees
Passion flowers are astounding

Tundra, tundra Tundra, tun', tundra
Jun-jun-jungle, jungle, jungle
Tundra, tun', tundra, Jun-jun-jungle, jungle
Tundra, feel the freezing
Arctic hares in the summer
Jungle, hear the monkey
Living in the jungle


Tundra, feel the freezing
Arctic hares in the summer

Tundra, feel the freezing
Arctic hares in the summer
Jungle, hear the monkey
Living in the jungle

Tundra, feel the freezing
Arctic hares in the summer
Jungle, hear the monkey
Living in the jungle

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Harsh Habitats - parody of Best Day of My Life by American Authors
Written by Mrs. Farrell’s class

Verse 1
The sun does not move very much
The snow is freezing to the touch
The A- a- a- r--artic
A- a- a- r--artic
The summers there are not so long
But flowers still  can come along
The A- a- a- r--artic
A- a- a- r--artic


pre-chorus:
A seals running through the snow
Wha-at, A polar bear’s chasing him
Oh-no please don’t eat me now

chorus: Arctic/ Desert
Burn- burrrrrrn
It’s  gonna be hottest day of my life
In the de-ee-sert
Brr, brrr, brrr
It’s gonna be the coldest day of my life
In the Arrr-tic

verse 2:
The scorching desert full with sand
One second there you’ll get a tan
De--ee--ee- sert
De--ee--ee- sert
Animals can camouflage
It’s so hot you’ll see mirage
De--ee--ee- sert
De--ee--ee- sert


Pre-chorus 2
Scorpion gonna sting me
Ow, a rattlesnake’ll bite me
Yow, Please don’t hurt me now

chorus: Arctic/ Desert
Burn- burrrrrrn
It’s  gonna be hottest day of my life
In the de-ee-sert
Brr, brrr, brrr
It’s gonna be the coldest day of my life
In the Arrr-tic

bridge:
I feel the coldness in my soul
Temperature goes down low low
There’s little rainfall
Chance of plants is so small
No people there at all, all

chorus:
Burn- burrrrrrn
It’s  gonna be hottest day of my life
In the de-ee-sert
Brr, brrr, brrr
It’s gonna be the coldest day of my life
In the Arrr-tic

coda:
This is gonna be, this is gonna be, this is gotta be
The hottest day of my life
Everything is heating up, everybody’s cold now
This is gonna be the coldest day of my life
Harsh habi-tat-ats

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There’s Too Many Snakes - parody of Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons written by Mr. Higgins’s class

verse 1:
It’s way too murky to see through this
Alligators extremely dangerous
Water lilies blooming, it’s hard to resist
Turtle shell carapace

verse 2:
The antelopes dashing quickly on the land
Cheetahs and lions want the upper hand
Giraffes trotting on the scorching plains
Wildfire flames, destroys the plains

Pre-chorus:
Chomp, chomp
Chase you like a cheetah
I’m king of the grasslands
You’re not enough for me
Scaley, smiley croc, croc
Queen of the swamp, swamp
Food chain? We’re the top, top
You’re not enough for me

Chorus:
There’s too many snakes
Slithering in the dry grassland plains
Don’t bite me for pe- ete’s sake
While the vultures devour ree-mains
There’s still many snakes
The crocs catch the prey their ready for
A bunch of swamp snakes
The crocodiles come out when it rains
There’s too many snakes

verse 3:
Always had a fear of water snakes
Slithering in the weed’s after lonely drakes
Tangled in the vines everytime the sun bakes
Fish get caught, with a cruel fate

Verse 4:
Lion catching deer in the darkest night
Kangaroos jumping into our plain sight
Gazelles and cheetahs have a savage fight
Sun is blazing bright, sun is spreading light

Pre-chorus
Chomp, chomp
Chase you like a cheetah
I’m king of the grasslands
You’re not enough for me
Scaley, smiley croc, croc
Queen of the swamp, swamp
Food chain? We’re the top, top
You’re not enough for me

Chorus
There’s too many snakes
Slithering in the dry grassland plains
Don’t bite me for pe- ete’s sake
While the vultures devour ree-mains
There’s still many snakes
The crocs catch the prey their ready for
A bunch of swamp snakes
The crocodiles come out when it rains
There’s too many snakes

Bridge:
Covered in the swamp, stay cool in the pool
Crawling round the thick mud silently to get some fuel
Silently sneaking on their prey in the very dark nights
Stalking their prey in the dead night, ready for a bite
Hiding in the high water
Ready to jump and kill some fish for all my daughters
I love this area, but it can’t get any hotter
I had a huge dinner of medium well gazelle
Although I can fight well
I prefer to laze in the river and sleep all day
I have been outside all day with no fresh water
There’s too many snakes

Chorus
There’s too many snakes
Slithering in the dry grassland plains
Don’t bite me for pe- ete’s sake
While the vultures devour ree-mains
There’s still many snakes
The crocs catch the prey their ready for
A bunch of swamp snakes
The crocodiles come out when it rains
There’s too many snakes

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Habitats - parody of Rockabye by Clean Bandit written by Ms. Hum’s class

Verse 1:
High in the trees hear the monkeys
jaguars hunt down little mammals in the darkest trees
Toucans lay high in the canopy
All on their own the birds will come
Berries are yummy (rainforests)

Pre-chorus:
Woodlands leaves fall down
whenever all of the leaves turn brown
Snow piling up on the cold ground
Rainforests never will freeze
It’s raining so hard, you know, it’s gonna be another strong flood
You better hold on to a tree, bud
The rainforests has tropical trees

Chorus:
So, habitats baby, habitats
Trees full of vines
Pesky, annoying little gnats
Don’t you start whining
Habitats baby, habitats
Trees full of vines
Pesky, annoying little gnats
Habitats, no (habitats-habi-habi-habitats) oh
Habitats, yea, yea (habitats-habi-habi-habitats)

Bridge:
Predators, whatchu doin out there?
Chewing the leg of an innocent deer
Jaguars are leaping without no fear
Gorillas roaring like the sound of typhoons
Wolves are always howling at the moon
Alligators love living in lagoons
Grizzly bears can always give off big scares
and sometimes we think that is not fair
Awooooo predators disappear
Camouflage their bodies everywhere
Gray foxes tearing meat off their prey all the time everyday
Predators kill day by day

Verse 2:
Foxes chasing down their prey,
so they can get some food
to feed their kits in the day
The vines are hard to find
Trees are tall, they touch the sky

1st 4 lines of Pre-chorus:
Pre-chorus:
leaves fall down
whenever all of the leaves turn brown
Snow piling up on the cold ground
Rainforests never will freeze


Chorus
So, habitats baby, habitats
Trees full of vines
Pesky, annoying little gnats
Don’t you start whining
Habitats baby, habitats
Trees full of vines
Pesky, annoying little gnats
Habitats, no (habitats-habi-habi-habitats) oh
Habitats, yea, yea (habitats-habi-habi-habitats)

Verse 2:
Foxes chasing down their prey,
so they can get some food
to feed their kits in the day
The vines are hard to find
Trees are tall, they touch the sky
Pre-chorus:
Woodlands leaves fall down
whenever all of the leaves turn brown
Snow piling up on the cold ground
Rainforests never will freeze
It’s raining so hard, you know, it’s gonna be another strong flood
You better hold on to a tree, bud
The rainforests has tropical trees

Chorus
So, habitats baby, habitats
Trees full of vines
Pesky, annoying little gnats
Don’t you start whining
Habitats baby, habitats
Trees full of vines
Pesky, annoying little gnats
Habitats, no (habitats-habi-habi-habitats) oh
Habitats, yea, yea (habitats-habi-habi-habitats)

Coda:
Animals high, animals low
Where the plants grow, when prey is slow
predators go, hunting you know
Animals help each other to grow
Spider monkeys, fruits they throw
Tigers roar to scare their foe and now you know
Spider monkeys, fruits they throw
Animals help each other grow

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Is It Living? parody of Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man written by Ms. Worley’s class


Verse 1:
The Ocean’s filled with fish
Ocean’s waving round, making a humongous swish
bright coral reef will shine in the sun
Blue whales weigh a ton

Chorus 1:
Ooh whoo. I’m a starfish in the ocean
Ocean water flowing with a graceful motion
In the jungle now, see me running around
Ooh woo, I’m hidden in the sea now
Let me hunt it like it’s 1986 meow
I might be a baby but I still have fangs

Verse 2:
Mama panda with her cub
Living in the rainforest, by the lovely waterfall
King Cobra climbing up
Is that tiger eating you up?

Chorus 1:
Ooh whoo. I’m a starfish in the ocean
Ocean water flowing with a graceful motion
In the jungle now, see me running around
Ooh woo, I’m hidden in the sea now
Let me hunt it like it’s 1986 meow
I might be a baby but I still have fangs

Bridge:
Shark’ll bite you on the knee (pause)
If the black sea’s where you’re swimming
Be careful of that jellyfish
Start stinging all it’s enemies
In the rainforest we are dangerous
I will give you a tip
Snakes in the jungle spit ve-nom from their fangs
Don’t bother it!

Is it living? (5x)
Is it living still?

Chorus 2:
Ooh woo, lots of animals and plants, now
Millions of ants are creeping up your pants, ow
Countless schools of fish visiting the reef
Ooh woo, lots of animals and plants, now
Seeing monkeys in trees in my dreams, wow
Countless schools of fish visiting the reef
Ooh woo, lots of animals and plants, now
Millions of ants are creeping up your pants, ow
Countless schools of fish visiting the reef
Rainforests and Oceans


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