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Pennsylvania Projects - State Facts Song

In Take me out of the bathtub and other silly dilly songs* Alan Katz uses common children's songs to make new funny songs.

Kantz changes some or all of the words in the lyrics, but uses the famous melodies. The traditional songs may seem simple,
but rewriting the lyrics can be a challenge.

For Take Me out of the Bathtub!, Katz uses the melody from Take Me out to the Ballgame.

"Take me out of the bathtub
Take me out of the suds.
I've been here soaking since half past two
I feel so sudsy and wrinkle-y, too"

A fun song can be a great tool for remembering facts you need to memorize. I'll bet you can sing close to 50 songs off by heart.
The same "easy to recall" idea can help you be a better student.

Write a facts based song

1. Select a well known children's song.

2. Gather the facts about your state's history, geography, nature, culture and interesting tidbits.
You could give your project a theme like famous people, or rivers, or border states, or state symbols.

3. Write the new lyrics. Be careful to preserve the structure and rhythm of the original song.

Extra fun - Make an online book in a web site to share your creation with your school or community.

Each web page can be one line of the lyrics.

Link the pages in order to allow an easy read through.

Make an Main title page that includes credits and a linked start here.

Make your own illustrations using a computer or use free web images to add pictures.
Alternatively, you can scan in hand drawn art.

Educational rap music - the other three r's WOW! check it out!

You could also try this idea for other subjects like: oceans and continents, planets and heavenly bodies in the solar system,
geometric figures or elements of the periodic table. For a real challenge make a song that helps you remember the parts of the cell!

It is a fact - People studying to be nurses and doctors use many mnemonics to memorize lots of facts.

Mnemonics for kids

SAT: Why Memorize What You Can Rock? | Schoolhouse Rock

 

* Take me out of the bathtub and other silly dilly songs by Alan Katz, Illustrated by David Catrow. Margaret K. McElderry Books 2001.

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Posted 10/2006 by Cynthia J. O'Hora This work is released to the public domain