Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Teachers Writing Parody during Covid

Teachers are working so hard to Zoom with all their students, so I hope my songwriting workshop was a bit of respite for the Anne Arundel County teachers who joined my virtual workshop on May 26. We learned about writing a parody and how it could be used for teaching. Finally we wrote our own parody of Call Me Maybe, called Teach You Maybe.

Teach You Maybe?

V1
I coughed and sneezed in your face
Hogan made us stay in place
So we stocked our liquor case
And there's still no Charmin
I'd trade my soul for wine
Even if I stand in line
And 6 feet apart is fine
And there's still no Charmin

V2: 
My microphone has cut out 
But you can still see my my pout 
i want to scream and to shout 
But you can't hear anyway 

Pre- Chorus  
Do I have my coffee?
Wait I need to go pee
Does my face look happy
Let's get this Google Meet Thing Poppin'!

Chorus: 
Hey, I miss you, and times are crazy, 
But here’s my meet code, so join me maybe? 
It’s hard not being together lately, but here’s my meet code, so join me maybe?
Hey, I miss you, and times are crazy
But here’s my meet code, so join me maybe? 
And I hope to see you in person maybe
But here's my meet code, so join me maybe?

V3 
You have to work to get smart
Math reading science and the arts 
We all have to do our part
'Cause we're in virtual school

V4: 
I really miss you, my friends,              
and all your pencils and pens
Can't wait 'til this whole thing ends
When will this be over? 

Pre- Chorus  
Do I have my coffee?
Wait I need to go pee
Does my face look happy
Let's get this Google Meet Thing Poppin'!

Chorus: 
Hey, I miss you, and times are crazy, 
But here’s my meet code, so join me maybe? 
It’s hard not being together lately, but here’s my meet code, so join me maybe?

Hey, I miss you, and times are crazy
But here’s my meet code, so join me maybe? 
And I hope to see you in person maybe
But here's my meet code, so join me maybe?


Friday, February 28, 2020

Mathematics Songs at Inspired Teaching School

Had a great time at Inspired Teaching Demonstration School in Washington DC! Our fearless leader Ms Jones primed two grade 5 classes to write some great parodies!

MATH POWER!
Written by Fifth Grade Flamingos - parody of Sunflower - Topic: long division
Produced by Alden Phelps and Ms. Jones

Verse 1: Divisor Livin’ outside the wall
Dividend inside heedin’ its call
Build it already please don’t stall
Quotient is waiting please don’t stall

Verse 2 :
Thinking like a raceway,losing my grip
5 10 15 , Man I’m lit !
Used my skip count to solve it ,
Find the one that got the right fit.

Pre-chorus:
Ooh-ooh
When you got lots of pop-tarts
Now I gotta use my smarts
Divide them all into parts

Chorus :
You have a big number
Divide into parts
Divisors how much
That you have in each bunch
Quotient wraps it up
It’s the answer that’s enough
It’s long division
We’re Break’n it up

Verse 3:
First you multiply divisor
By the number on the top
Do it right and you’ll be wiser
subtract the min u end ,  don't   stop

VERSE 4:
Every time I get to class
I can hear you tellin’ me to divide that
Using inverse to check my math
On my knees hoping that my answers match

Pre chorus 2
I know your at the grocery store
You can't divide it all alone
don't know how much roomie should pay
To multiply is not the way

Chorus :
You have a big number
Divide them into parts
Divisors how much
That you have in each bunch
Quotient wraps it up
It’s the answer that’s enough
It’s long division
We’re Break’n it up

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Fraction Apocalypse
Written by Fifth Grade Flamingos - parody of Radioactive - Topic: fractions
Produced by Alden Phelps and Ms. Jones

I’m waking up, I’ve got a test
And I know I’m gonna do my best
I’ve gotta convert my fraction
Yayyy (sarcastically)
The fractions bar, it separates
The whole and the parts, ain't no debate
When I learn, gotta take it slow
Whoa

It's in my mind it's in my head and soul
The top is how much you can hold
The bottom is how much you need, how much you need
The bottom is how much you need, for a whole
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We're learning fractions, these are the actions
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We're learning fractions, with no distractions

Operations, you gotta be patient
Get it wrong there's no vacation
Addition, gets numbers real big
Whoa
Multiply the simplify
To identify like a private eye
Butterfly, that's how you divide
Whoa

The numerator is goes really high
It sits on top of the fraction line
The denominator, it goes way under
The denominator, it goes way under
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We're learning fractions, these are the actions
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We're learning fractions, with no distractions

That mini pie, needs ½ cup strawberries
Measure it right, or else you won't be pleased

You really need equivalent fraction
For addition, subtraction
Bro these are the fraction, yo the fractions
Of addition and sub, and subtraction
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We're learning fractions, these are the actions
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh
We're learning fractions, with no distractions


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Westbrook ES November 2019

A great year at one of my favorite schools, even though I had all new teachers! They were game and we wrote some great songs with our students.
Songs: Shut Up and Dance With Me, High Hopes, Sunflower

Eat Some Veggies - parody of "Shut Up and Dance With Me" by Walk the Moon
Topic: eating healthy

Chorus 1
Oh don’t you dare pig out
Just stuff your mouth with fruit
Mom said hey eat your sprouts
Because its healthier for you
You won’t fit in your bathing suit
Massive energy
You’re eating healthy food

Verse 1
Johnny went to trick or treat
Slurped up 85 twix right on the street
When he got home his stomach was 8 feet
Oh he got very fat and beefy
Very fat and beefy

Pre-chorus 1
He took the bag
And tore off all the wrappers
The Twizzlers and M&Ms

Chorus 2
Oh eat your veg and fruit
You’ll become strong and fit
Do not chomp on junk food
You’ll be a happy healthy kid
Learn about the food pyramid
Food is energy
A happy healthy kid

Verse 2
The doctor said “Johnny change your life
Or else you will be in the after life
If you don’t eat candy you can have a wife
I know you were born to eat much better
You can eat  much better

Pre-chorus 2
Mom took my face
And made me eat some veggies
I wanted junk Hershey bars

Chorus 3
Oh don’t you dare pig out
Just stuff your mouth with fruit
Mom said hey eat your sprouts
Because its healthier for you
You won’t fit in your bathing suit
Massive energy
You’re eating healthy food

Bridge
We drove the car
Up to the dentist’s office
The dentist drilled holes in my teeth

Pre-chorus 3
He took the bag
And tore off all the wrappers
The Twizzlers and M&Ms

Chorus 4
Oh eat your veg and fruit
You’ll become strong and fit
Do not chomp on junk food
You’ll be a happy healthy kid
Learn about the food pyramid
Food is energy
A happy healthy kid

Coda
Oooo a happy healthy kid
Ooooo a happy  healthy kid

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Suggested Titles: Winners, Always Move, Run and Play, Champions!
High Stats, High Scores
Parody of High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco
By: Ms. Swartz’s 3rd Grade Super Stars

You’ve gotta run and play while living
Swimming so far, and I always know I’m winning
Having energy is giving me a feeling
Always was working out
I went outside to play with my siblings
Ate some broccoli and I was doing sit-ups
I was gonna score a goal on the green team
Always was taking time


Verse 1:
Papa said, stop playing World of Tanks
You should be something stronger for heaven’s sake
Go do the pacer test, or ride a bike
Go run a marathon, run a marathon

Verse 2:
Mama said, burn your calories
Rewrite your running speeds, it is one of your needs
Running victories, every day
I’m gonna exercise, gonna exercise

Pre-chorus 1:
Mama said, off the couch, run around and play some soccer
All bunched up, like a slug, you’re lazy it’s no shocker

Chorus
Verse 3:
My coach said, join my team and you’ll score
Get out of your chair, put your feet on the floor
Put on the gold jersey and double knot shoes
Cuz you will never lose, you will never lose


Bridge:
Don’t give them that ball
Don’t give them that ball and
Don’t let them score, oh…
Don’t give them that ball
Don’t give them that ball and
Don’t let them score

Pre-chorus 2:
Mama said, don’t give up
You’ll be the greatest one day
All buffed up, like a jock
And I’m gonna beat you someday
They say the game’s all done, but they haven’t seen the best of me-e-e-e
So I’ve hit homeruns and it’s gonna be a
sight to see-e-e-e

Chorus 2x

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Eat Your Beans - parody of Sunflower by Post Malone, by Ms Burwell & Mr Hahn's Class:

Verse 1:
Needless to say, She likes candy
She eats kit kats every single week
Eating too much, now she is a wreck
People see her & say what the heck

Needless to say,She likes candy
She eats kit kats every single week
Eating too much, now she is a wreck
People see her & say what the heck

Verse 2:
Eating in a bad way, losing your teeth
Waking up next day diabetes
Rocky road ice cream about to melt
She’s in a coma, she needs help

Pre-chorus 1:
I’m in a good mood
Some foods you can’t refuse
She wants to slurp some chocolate moose
She’s gonna have some issues


Chorus:
Gotta eat healthy stuff
You will get super buff
Munch nutritious greens
If you really wanna be tough
You gotta eat healthy grub
You will get super buff
You should eat your beans
You should eat your beans

Verse 3
Every time I’m munching oreo
I’m thinking of chunks of cookie dough
I don’t care If I’m eating bad yo
Give me the reason to go go go

Verse 4:
Every time I’m gaining pounds, I can hear
you telling me to stop right now
Ever since you changed, you’ve been healthy
wow!
Maybe we should chuck away the kit kats now

Pre-chorus 2:
You need some healthy greens
What about some broccoli please?
You need some carrots and peas
It’s what my body needs

Chorus:
Gotta eat healthy stuff
You will get super buff
Munch nutritious greens
If you really wanna be tough
You gotta eat healthy grub
You will get super buff
You should eat your beans
You should eat your beans


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