SCIENCE

             SONGS

 

                Dear Planet Earth

                   Living Things

                     It’s a Cycle

                   Many Colors

                       Natural

              Plants and Animals

  Spider Freeze (A Short Choral Play)

                The Rock Song

          Parts Working Together

         When the Sun Hits a Spot

   

 

                                                       Today's Date

 

Dear Planet Earth,

      Thanks for the air.  Thanks for the shelter.  I must take care to respect your treasures, the stones and the dirt, the cotton that grew and became my shirt.  Planet Earth, dear planet Earth.

      I feel the wind.  I feel the sand.  I feel a raindrop on my hand.

Dear Planet Earth, this is the song we sing for you as we roll along.  

Planet Earth, dear Planet Earth.  We breathe your air into our lungs.  We taste your food upon our tongues. 

      Dear Planet Earth, this is the way we honor you everyday.

Yours Truly,

 

Us

Living Things

 

Living things need a place to live.

Living things need food to grow.

Living things need to reproduce.

Living things need each other.

 

Now, wherever you go on the planet earth,

You will find living things.

 

Little ones, big ones, tall ones, short ones,

Smart ones, strong ones, fast ones, slow ones.

Different lands for different trees.

Different homes for different animals,

Still they all are living things, and…

 

Repeat until end

It’s a Cycle

 

 

Oceans are bigger than seas.

Seas are different from lakes.

Lakes are different from rivers,

And rivers are bigger than streams.

Water falls down from the clouds.

Then the water evaporates.

 

It’s a cycle.

It’s a cycle.

Water goes up and then water comes down.

It’s a cycle.

It’s a cycle,

A cycle we need to survive.

Okay, I have a question.  How many oceans are there on the earth?

 

Five!

There are five oceans on earth,

The Atlantic, the Atlantic,

The Pacific, the Pacific,

The Indian, the Indian,

The Southern. the Southern,

 

The A-a-a-a-a-a-a-rcti-i-i-i-i-c

Water falls down from the clouds.

Then the water evaporates.

It’s a cycle.

It’s a cycle.

Water goes up and then water comes down.

It’s a cycle.

It’s a cycle,

A cycle we need to survive.

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Many Colors

Many colors we can see:  red, blue, yellow.

Many color we can see with our eyes,

Red as tomatoes,

Blue as the sky,

Yellow as a lemon.

Can you think of other things red, blue, yellow?

 

Mixing colors we can see:  purple, green, and orange.

Mixing colors we can see with our eyes.

Red and blue make ______________.

Yellow and blue make _____________.

Yellow and red make _____________.

Can you think of things that are purple green and orange?

 

Mixing colors we can see:  purple, green, and orange.

Mixing colors we can see with our eyes:

Purple as a plum,

Green as the growing grass,

Orange as an orange.

Can you think of other things purple, green, and orange?

 

Many colors we can see: red, blue, yellow.

Mixing colors we can see:  purple, orange, green,

brown, magenta, tan and burgundy, gold, peach and indigo.

Look around and there will be so many colors to see.

Natural 

 

We are the animals.

We live in different lands.

Some of us have paws.

Some of us have hands.

Some of us have fins.

Some of us have claws.

We eat to survive in the natural world.

 

We are the carnivores.

Animals we eat.

We are the carnivores,

Poultry, fish, and meat.

We catch and find prey.

We live from day to day.

We are the carnivores of the world.

 

We are the animals.

We live in different lands.

Some of us have paws.

Some of us have hands.

Some of us have fins.

Some of us have claws.

We eat to survive in the natural world.

 

We are the herbivores.

Plants we eat.

We are the herbivores.

We don’t eat meat.

Vegetables, stalks, and seeds,

Fruits and roots and leaves.

We are the herbivores of the world.

 

We are the animals.

We live in different lands.

Some of us have paws.

Some of us have hands.

Some of us have fins.

Some of us have claws.

We eat to survive in the natural world.

 

We are the omnivores.

We eat animals and plants.

We are the omnivores.

We sing and dance

To celebrate our food,

‘cause we are in the mood.

 

We’re omnivores.

 

We’re carnivores.

 

We’re herbivores.

 

We’re animals, we’re animals, we’re animals, we’re animals

We are the animals.

We live in different lands.

Some of us have paws.

Some of us have hands.

Some of us have fins.

Some of us have claws.

We eat to survive in the natural world.

 

Oh Yeah!

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The Habitat Song

Plants and animals live on the earth.

Some parts of the earth are dry.

Some parts are windy.

Some parts are rainy.

Some are flat.

The forest is a home for living things.

The forest has many trees.

The trees need lots of rain.

The trees grow close together.

The trees give shade.

The forest feels cool.

Plants and animals live on the earth.

Some parts of the earth are dry.

Some parts are windy.

Some parts are rainy.

Some are flat.

The plains are a home for living things.

The plains don’t have many trees,

so the wind is free to blow.

The crops have room to grow.

The plains are flat

under an open sky.  

Plants and animals live on the earth.

Some parts of the earth are dry.

Some parts are windy.

Some parts are rainy.

Some are flat.

The desert is a home for living things.

The desert is covered with sand.

The sand is burning hot.

The air is super dry.

The cacti plants can grow there,

Because they need so little water.

Plants and animals live on the earth.

Different organisms, different places.

Some live in forests.

Some live on plains.

Some live in deserts.

Some live on mountains.

Some live in oceans.

Some live in rivers.

Different organisms evolve

and adapt to their habitat. 

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Spider Freeze (A Play with Choral Speaking)

 

Narrator:      Spider Freeze

                    Setting – A Web At Night and the Next Morning

                    Characters – Three Spider Families 

                    It is the night before the frost.  

                    It is windy.  

                    Three spider families hold tightly to their webs.  

                    They talk about the coming rain. 

 

Percussion instruments can make the sound of the storm.

 

Crawlthings: We are the Crawlthing family.

                     We are spiders.

                     The night is dark.

                     It is windy.  

                     Hold onto the web!

                     The wind is very strong.

                     Hold on for dear life.

Littlecreeps: We are the Littlecreep family.

                     We are spiders too.

Sound of a raindrop, followed by more, then getting stronger with the wind.

                     The raindrops have begun.

                     The wind is so strong.

                     We are getting wet.

                     Our web is getting wet.

                     Hold on for dear life.

We hear the storm get big, then gradually goes away.

Arañas:         We are the other spider family that lives on this branch.

                     We are the Araña family.  

                     The storm is going away.

                     Now all is calm, but it is still cold.

 

After a moment of silence, they speak together.

All Spiders:    We now can sleep.

Narrator:        They go to sleep.  

                       In the night, the spider families are surprised

                       as their webs freeze after the winter rain.

One of the Araña Family wakes up and realizes that their web is frozen.

Araña 1:        OUR WEB IS FROZEN!

 

Arañas:          Our webs is frozen!  Our web is frozen.

                      Wake up everybody!

                      Our webs is frozen!

Crawlthings:   Why are those Arañas yelling so early in the morning?

Littlecreeps:   Their web is frozen.  

                       They cry because their web is frozen.

Arañas:           Your webs are frozen too.

Crawlthings:   Just wait.  

                       Soon the sun will be here, 

                       then the ice will melt.  

                       Then we can get back to work 

                       on our beautiful web.

All Spiders:     Soon the sun will come.

                       Soon the sun will come.

The Rock Song

 

 

The earth is made of rocks.

Most rocks are underground.

You can find rocks near water.

 

Water changes rocks.

Water breaks rocks.

Sand is made of very small rocks.

 

Rocks look different, they are different colors.

Some are shiny.

Some are dull.

Rocks feel different.

Rocks feel different.

Some are sharp.

Some are smooth.

 

The earth is made of rocks.

Most rocks are underground.

You can find rocks near water.

 

Water changes rocks.

Water breaks rocks.

Sand is made of very small rocks.

 

You can rub rocks, rocks together.

Hard rocks are strong.

Soft rocks fall apart.

 

People use rocks.

They cut them from the earth.

They are carried away.

People build with rocks.

 

The earth is made of rocks.

Most rocks are underground.

You can find rocks near water.

Parts Together

 

Sounds waves come to drum our ears,

Our brain computes what it hears,

Hair cells spiral through a cone,

The Corti sends our brain the tone.

That is what is happening inside an ear,

Listen in for sounds around to hear,

Tiny parts together, like little gears,

That is what is happening in our ears.

Vibrations flow from a string,

If a finger makes it ring,

Frequencies whip through the air,

Finding ears with whom to share.

That is what is happening outside an ear,

Other noises sometimes interfere,

Tiny parts together, like little gears,

That is what is happening in our ears.

Beep, beep, beep, is that the sound of a car horn?

Tweet, tweet, tweet, is that the sound of a bird?

Squeak, squeak, squeak, is that the sound of the kitchen door?

What produced the last sound that you just heard?

Light reflects into our eyes,

Our brain comes to visualize,

Images pass through the lens,

The retina receives, then sends.

That is what is happening inside our eyes,

Parts working together, no surprise,

Are there other parts a work, do you surmise?

What exactly is happening,

What is happening,

Hey, what's going on behind those ears and eyes?

“When Our Sun Hits Our Spot”                                    

 

In a way,

it’s like magic, but not,

in the day,

when our sun hits a spot.

 

It may feel warm.

It may feel hot.

When the star of our earth hits a spot.

 

The night falls,

And dark comes to our eye,

The sleep calls,

Stars appear in the sky.

 

The moon lights up,

Do you know why,

As the sun falls away from our sky?

 

When we flip a switch,

we can’t even tell,

it takes time for light particles to travel.

Pitcher throws a pitch,

Sound vibrates from a bell.

Light and heat radiate from a candle.

 

In a way,

it’s like magic, but not,

So, they say

the sun’s gases burn hot.

 

From 92 million

miles away,

Its rays travel to light and heat our day,

How long does it take to make its way?

 

Shadows are cast,

Magic spell? Maybe not,

when our sun hits our spot.

Alligator Tourists

By Peter Sroka

 

 

 

Setting        Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

                  The Swamp, During Business Hours

 

Characters      

             Kid 1, Kid 2, Kid 3, Kid 4

            Andrew, the Alligator

            Ali, the Alligator

            Allison, the Alligator

            Alex, the Alligator

            Claude, the Albino Alligator

            Bonnie, the Alligator 

            Other Alligators

            Other Kids

        

We are at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  Visitors are looking down into the swamp exhibit at Claude, the Albino Alligator.  Some of the visitors are secretly part of the show. At show time, a congregation of alligators comes through the doors dressed like tourists with suitcases in their claws.  They are exhausted from the journey, but also excited because they have arrived at their destination.

 

Andrew:        This is it I think.  

Andrew approaches one of the kids.

Andrew:        Uh, pardon me.  Is this the swamp?

 

Kid 1:            Yes.  See?  It says “The Swamp.”

 

Alligators:        Yay!

 

Kid 1:            Is this your habitat?

 

Ali:            We live in a swamp, but not this one. 

 

Alex:            Yeah, our swamp is back in Florida.

 

Allison:        We’re looking for Claude.  Does he live here?

 

Kid 4:            No way, you know Claude?

 

We hear Claude’s voice calling from a speaker in the pit.

 

Claude:        Is that you, my brothers and sisters?

 

Alligators:        Looking down into the swamp.  Hi Claude!

 

Claude:    The Academy People said you were coming to visit.  

I didn’t even know I had family in Florida.

 

Allison:    We came over 3,000 miles to see our famous bro.

 

Alex:    Check out that skin!  I mean, I’ve seen it in photographs, but it’s so unreal in real life.  

 

Ali:    How can I get my skin to turn that color?

 

Claude:    I used to say the same thing to Bonnie. 

 

Alex:    Who’s Bonnie?

 

We hear Bonnie’s voice or an actor enters to play her.

 

Bonnie:    I’m Bonnie.  

 

Alligators:    Hi Bonnie.

 

Bonnie:    Hello fellow reptilians!  Welcome to our little swamp here.

To answer your question, you can’t turn Albino like Claude here.

 

Claude:    (singing) Baby, I was born this way!

 

Bonnie:    That’s right, he is missing a gene.  It happens sometimes with some animals.

 

Allison:    We don’t have any jeans either, so how come we’re not white?

 

Bonnie:    Not jeans, j-e-a-n-s like blue jeans.  

 

Allison:    Yeah, if we had those, we’d be blue.

 

Andrew:    No, we wouldn’t.  

 

Bonnie:    Claude is missing a gene, G-E-N-E, the things that come from our parents and their parents like a family code born inside us. Genes make us who we are when we’re starting out through the gate of life.  He has the rest of his genes, just not the green gene.

 

Claude:    Which means, I’m rare.  I’m so rare!  I’m super special.  

I’m a star.

 

Bonnie:    This is what I live with on a daily basis.  

And you wonder why I bit his foot.

 

Alex:    You bit him?

 

Claude:    Finally, she admits it!  That was horrible.  They took me to the emergency room and had to amputate my toe.

 

Bonnie:    Anyhow, we’re over it now.

 

Claude:    First day back in the swamp, she was trying to snuggle up on the rock.

 

Bonnie:    Please, I was enjoying the warmth.  Did you all know that they heat this rock?

 

Alligators call out responses such as “Really?  No way.  Wow.”

 

Bonnie:    Yeah, they keep it between 78 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Ali:    Nice.  Hey Claude.  What’s it like being Albino?

 

Claude:    Well, if I were born in the wild it wouldn’t be fun.  

You guys are green so you can blend in.  

 

Bonnie:    They call it “camouflage.”

 

Alligators:     “Camouflage.” (Impressed with the word)

 

Claude:    If I were in the wild, I’d never be able to catch food, otherwise known as prey, because animals would see me coming.  I would starve.  Also, my skin is very sensitive to the sun.

 

Bonnie:    Oh poor you.  You’re such a crybaby! Wawawa.

    Humans come from all over the planet to see your sorry self.

 

Claude:    Fine.  Call me names.  You’re still my friend.  I just wish you wouldn’t be such a sour puss all the time.

 

Bonnie:    Oh Claude.  Maybe the reason I’m “sour” is because you get all the attention.

 

Claude:    That’s not my fault.  Hey, I shared my cupcakes with you!

 

Bonnie:    Still going on about those cupcakes.

 

Alligators:    Cupcakes?

 

Claude:    Oh, they were so yummy.

 

Ali:    They have cupcakes here?

 

Claude:    It was a special occasion.

 

Ali:    What special occasion?

 

Claude:    My Birthday.  

 

Ali:    I just have to ask.  How does one make an Alligator Cupcake?

 

Claude:    Well, of course, I didn’t make my own birthday cupcakes.  

But kids, how many of you were here at my party?

 

Kids come forward, calling out, overlapping conversation.

 

Kids:    We were there.  

    That was so much fun.

    What a party!  That was awesome.

 

Claude:    Hey, do you guys remember the recipe?

 

Kid 2:    Of course, anything for our favorite exhibit at the Academy.

 

Bonnie:    Can you believe these groupies?

 

Kid 3:    Aw, Bonnie.  We love you too.

 

 

Bonnie:    Just sing the recipe kids.  These gators have come a long way.  They can take a little city culture back to the real swamp.

 

Kid 2:    Sure thing, Ms. Bonnie.  The following recipe was provided by the biologists here at the Academy. 

 

All Party Kids:    Alligator Cupcakes.  

 

Kid 2:            A-one, a-two, a-three, a-four…

 

Kids:            Alligator cupcakes for special occasions,

Alligator cupcakes for our gator relations,

Alligator cupcakes, fishy and sweet,

Alligator cupcakes, a reptilian treat.

 

Grind the gator chow up.

Put it into a pot.

Stir gelatin in water,

When the water’s hot.

Blend Capelin, spinach, parsley, prawns, and flakes of fish

Phytoplankton, carrots, omega acids in a dish,

 

Alligator cupcakes for special occasions,

Alligator cupcakes for our gator relations,

Alligator cupcakes, fishy and sweet,

Alligator cupcakes, a reptilian treat.

 

Mix it all up,

Into a spackle-like texture,

Add water if you need,

To moisten the mixture,

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake mold.

Put it in the fridge until it’s good and cold.

 

Alligator cupcakes for special occasions,

Alligator cupcakes for our gator relations,

Alligator cupcakes, fishy and sweet,

Alligator cupcakes, a reptilian treat.

 

Take the mold from 

The refrigerator.

Place the cakes on a tray

Like a caterer,

Colorize the hummus any hues you choose.

Spread the frosting, careful not to drip on your shoes.

 

Alligator cupcakes for special occasions,

Alligator cupcakes for our gator relations,

Alligator cupcakes, fishy and sweet,

Alligator cupcakes, a reptilian treat.

 

Garnish the top 

For the celebration

With a berry, flower, tiny fish, 

or shrimp decoration.

Alligator cupcakes are ready to serve,

Humans come taste if you have the nerve.

 

Alligator cupcakes for special occasions,

Alligator cupcakes for our gator relations,

Alligator cupcakes, fishy and sweet,

Alligator cupcakes, a reptilian treat.

 

 

All clap and the kids take a bow.

 

Andrew:        Well, we’d better say our “good-byes.”

 

Kid 1:            Aren’t you going to stay for cupcakes?

 

Andrew:        They won’t be ready until September 15th.

 

Allison:    Yeah, we’d better get going.  We want to stop by the St. Louis Zoo on our way back to Florida to visit our Chinese cousins.

 

Kid 2:    Does every country have it’s own kind of Alligator?

 

Alex:    No, there are just two species of Alligators, American and Chinese.  The Chinese gators are smaller than us.  

 

Ali:    Aw, do we have to go back to Florida?  

 

Alex:    I like it here in Frisco.  That Bay water is so refreshing.

 

Allison:    You couldn’t survive in that water 24/7.  

Of course, we have to go home. There isn’t enough room in this swamp for all of us. 

 

Ali:    Hey Claude, why don’t you come back with us?

 

Claude:    That sounds nice, but San Francisco is my home now and I really wouldn’t be safe out there.

 

Alex:            Can we come back to visit you?

 

Claude:    We love visitors!  Come anytime.  According to the average lifespan of the American Alligator, if I stay healthy, I should be around for the next fifteen years or so.  

 

Ali:    Hey Claude, before we go, can we take a picture with you?  

The folks at home just won’t believe we actually met you.

 

Claude:    Why not?

 

Ali:    Fantastic! 

 

Ali looks around before picking a stranger in the audience to take the picture.

 

Ali:    Excuse me, would you mind taking our picture? 

 

Andrew:    (To the humans/actors) Hey groupies, Can you get in the picture too?  The gators in Florida are going to be so surprised to see us gators and you humans hanging out together.  They’re not going to believe that we were so close and didn’t even eat you.

 

There is a long hungry pause as the alligators stare at the children like prey. 

They close in until the kids break free, screaming and running for the door.  

The alligators chase them out.

 

The End

 

FACTS SHEET

 

General Scientific

 

Habitat – Swamp

Alligators are from Florida (about 3,000 miles away)

Genes – Albinos are missing one

Alligators are Reptiles

Camouflage

Two Species of Alligator – Chinese and American

Lifespan

Temperature

24/7

Museum Specific

 

Claude was bit by Bonnie and his toe was amputated.

People made Alligator Cupcakes for Claude’s 15th birthday 9/15/10

Heated Rock