Woman Playing Guitar
A very simple definition - borrowing the tune of another song.
The Mom Song
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)
Rhyme scheme correct
Teaches an appropriate lesson
Minor syllable infractions
Minor syllable and rhyme infractions or several of one
Not enough lesson value with minor syllable and/or rhyme infractions
Minimal lesson value plus infractions
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
Links for topics and examples:
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
Don't use "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." I'm tired of that tune!
Make sure the lesson has some substance (not "be good").
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
More songs by Jeff Moran
Give Me a Supernova
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"
To the tune of "Locomotion"
Wash Your Hands
To the tune of I Wanna Hold Your Hand
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:
- Write out the words to the familiar song, with the syllables divided. Example:
Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony
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Add your own words, matching a strong or weak syllable as was used in the original song.
Be sure to use rhyming words in the same positions as in the familiar song.
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