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Singing In Science: Writing and Recording Student Lyrics to Express Learning


This article explores the use of lyric writing in elementary science. It details an exploratory project in which elementary students and a professional musician collaborated to write and record lyrics at the conclusion of an inquiry-based science unit. What we found was that lyric writing when used as a summary reflection activity in science offers students a unique opportunity to uncover and refine learning. The collaboration among students, classroom teachers, professional musician, and sound technician greatly contributed to the creation of a unique and engaging opportunity for students to express their learning through the arts in science. Further controlled studies are recommended to determine the degree of impact on learning and long-term retention of science and music concepts.

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