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New Words for Old Songs

This page is our attempt to demonstrate the creativity, sense of humor, and wonderful ideas of a few of the great classrooms we've worked with over the years. All the songs featured below were the work of students in the classes cited. There are pictures, too, not necessarily of the classes whose songs we've shared. May we all have the joy of many more such songs and classes!
Lincoln School; Mrs. Ryan's second grade  
Yankee Doodle Loves Cursive Writing

Tune: Yankee Doodle


Now that I’m in second grade

          I love cursive writing,

Under-curves and loops and lines -- 

          Cursive is exciting! 


When I write I go so fast

            All the lines are curly.

Slants and check-strokes on the e’s --

            My pencil is so swirly!


Lemmer School; Ms Fisher's First Grade

SOLIDS and LIQUIDS and GASES, OH MY!

Tune: The Wheels on the Bus


I’m solid. I can’t change my shape,

          Change my shape, 

                    Change my shape. 

I’m solid. I can’t change my shape.

                    I’m just me!  


I’m liquid. I can change my shape, 

          Change my shape, 

                    Change my shape. 

I’m liquid. I can change my shape 

                    To any form!  

I’m a gas. You can’t see me, 

          Can’t see me, 

                    Can’t see me. 

I’m a gas. You can’t see me, 

                    But you all can breathe me!


Big Bay School; Mrs. Haindl's Fourth Grade

Tune: Yankee Doodle


Drive across the Mackinac Bridge.

          Head for the Kid’s Museum. 

Stop and visit Tahquamenon Falls -- 

          You’ve really gotta see ‘em! 


  If you like to hunt and fish, 

           Swim, shop, camp or ski,

                    If you like a lot of room, 

                              Come visit the U. P.!


Head for Garden and Fayette 

          To see a really old town. 

The Garden Jets have got to be 

          The best ball team around!


If you like to hunt and fish, 

          Swim, shop, camp or ski, 

                    If you like a lot of room, 

                              Come visit the U. P.! 


We’ll spend some time on sandy beaches,

          Climb the Pictured Rocks, 

See a hundred waterfalls, 

          And, finally, the Soo Locks.


If you like to hunt and fish, 

           Swim, shop, camp or ski, 

                    If you like a lot of room, 

                              Come visit the U. P.!


Rapid River School; Mrs. Viau's First Grade  
MICHIGAN COLORS

Tune: Jack and Jill


Blue for sky 

          And lakes nearby 

                       And summer's eye so sleepy.


Green for trees 

          With buzzing bees 

                       And frogs, swimming and leaping 


Berries red 

          And overhead 

                       Are apples, bugs and red birds. 


White for snow 

          To sled and throw. 

                        We feed the hungry deer herds.


Lakeview School; Mr. Miele's Fourth Grade

Tune: Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Somewhere in the Sammamish, rivers flow

Filled with sockeye salmon, Chinook and the huge Coho.

It's a home for the wildlife -- people too 

We all share in the shining waters of crystal blue.


    Issaquah and Mill Creek Park 

          Hobart, Kirkland, Everett and Bellevue

          And many more too! 


Please help stop the pollution! Use your head .

Help us save the gorgeous Sammamish watershed!