Songs in the STEM Class {Layers of the Earth Rap}

Welcome!
I'm super excited to start sharing one of my absolute FAVORITE teaching strategies with you: using songs (specifically cheesy YouTube music videos) to teach and reinforce concepts in science.
If you aren’t using music in the classroom yet, you should be! Songs are a great strategy for teaching science concepts and vocabulary. A catchy tune will help those concepts stick.

Think back to the last unit you taught. Let me guess...
You learned the content so you could teach it effectively. You spent a lot of time planning engaging activities for your students. You made copies, arranged demonstrations, set up inquiry investigations, invited guest speakers, and basically taught your little heart out.



Then you gave your students the test...
And they BOMBED it!
Or maybe they just missed the simplest of questions. 
You were left frustrated and wondering: WHAT HAPPENED?!?
You've had this happen before, right?
Well, I'm here to tell you that you are NOT alone!
If you aren’t using music in the classroom yet, you should be! Songs are a great strategy for teaching science concepts and vocabulary. A catchy tune will help those concepts stick.
Students often struggle (especially in science) to memorize and recall the multitude of vocabulary terms and complicated concepts. It is our job as teachers to find ways to help them learn, memorize, understand (and later be able to recall) this information.

{No pressure, right?!?}
If you aren’t using music in the classroom yet, you should be! Songs are a great strategy for teaching science concepts and vocabulary. A catchy tune will help those concepts stick.
During my most recent unit, I was teaching students about the layers of the earth. Check out this post where I shared some of the different activities I used in class

I love reviewing concepts in science by watching (and singing along to) music videos on YouTube. Students love the change of pace. I usually demand encourage them to sing along (at least to the chorus). Here's the song I used when teaching layers of the earth.
It's got a catchy tune, and the chorus is super easy for students to remember. In fact, after showing it to each of my classes, it was officially STUCK in my head for two days. I couldn't stop singing it. I even DREAMED about the song. That's dedication there, right?!?

If you aren’t using music in the classroom yet, you should be! Songs are a great strategy for teaching science concepts and vocabulary. A catchy tune will help those concepts stick. To be fair, I don't create these videos. But there are some pretty talented people out there and I LOVE capitalizing on their creativity. And as long as I play the music really loud, I'm willing to sing along. 

Don't have access to YouTube at school? Try this trick:
Use the website SaveFrom to download a video from YouTube and save it to your personal files. This will allow you to access the video even if you're not connected to the internet.

On another note, when I made asked my husband to listen to the song while we were making dinner the other night, he rolled his eyes and told me that my science class is where music goes to die! He just doesn't understand how AWESOME these songs are and how much they help my students!
If you aren’t using music in the classroom yet, you should be! Songs are a great strategy for teaching science concepts and vocabulary. A catchy tune will help those concepts stick.
I think one of my kiddos took this comment to heart when she illustrated her test paper though. {sad face}

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