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SONG PARODY

 Song parody

A very simple definition - borrowing the tune of another song.

 

The Mom Song

 Assignment

  • Choose a familiar song (see links below for ideas and exclusions)

  • Write new words, maintaining the rhythm scheme (this means matching up the same number of syllables:  see example below)

  • Your new song should teach a lesson appropriate for an elementary class (see links below for topics and subject area suggestions)

  • Put your song parody in Word document (or comparable) form

  • Make a copy for each student in the class (and one for me)

     

    Grading Rubric

    CriteriaGrade

    Syllables match

    Rhyme scheme correct

    Teaches an appropriate lesson

    100

    Minor syllable infractions

    95

    Minor syllable and rhyme infractions or several of one

    90

    Not enough lesson value with minor syllable and/or rhyme infractions

    85

    Minimal lesson value plus infractions

    80

    Based on relative infractions of disregard for matching syllables, rhyme scheme, lack of lesson, disregard for instructions, late assignment, or failure to complete the assignment

    below

 

 Links for topics and examples:

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Don't use a list for your lesson, i.e. Days of the Week, Months of the Year, etc.   Those don't rhyme and don't fit the syllable structure of familiar songs

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Don't use "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."  I'm tired of that tune!

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Make sure the lesson has some substance (not "be good").

 

 

SITES

Songsforteaching.com

Most of these are not song parodies, but show how a song can be used to teach a subject

 

NIEHS kids music

Lyrics and midi files

 

Elementary songs and poems

Quite a few of these are song parodies

 

Science Songs

More songs by Jeff Moran

 

 

EXAMPLES

 

Give Me a Supernova (must have RealPlayer to listen)

To the tune of "Give My Regards to Broadway"

 

You Ain't Nothin' But a Groundhog

To the tune of "You Ain't Nothin' But a Houndog"

 

Food Irradiation

To the tune of "Locomotion"

 

Wash Your Hands

To the tune of I Wanna Hold Your Hand

 

The Antonym

To the tune of "The Muffin Man"

 

The Planting Plan

To the tune of "The Hokey Pokey"

 

 
 

 

How to match your words with the familiar song:

 

 
 
  1. Write out the words to the familiar song, with the syllables divided.  Example:

    Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony

    strongweakstrongweakstrongweakstrongstrongweakweakweakstrongweak
    YankeeDoodlewenttotownridingonapony
                 
    WatcheachtimeyoucrossthestreetThisisforyoursafety

     

  2. Add your own words, matching a strong or weak syllable as was used in the original song.

  3. Be sure to use rhyming words in the same positions as in the familiar song.

 

Here's an example of a song parody - to be sung to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" (thanks Olivia Frederich!)

First the sun heats up the water,

Then turns to vapor in the sky.

Next it cools and turns to liquid,

And now it's clouds up high.

 

The clouds condense and turn to rainfall,

Then groups in the oceans, streams, and land.

The water cycle keeps on going

As mother Earth demands.

 

Evaporation heats,

Condensation cools,

Precipitation is when we see snow,

Collection is when water

Gathers on our Earth,

So we and the plants can grow.

 

 

 

"Educators have always known that learning and life are maximal where play and work coincide." -- L. W. Gibbs

 

 

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