Using Music to Teach Science Concepts

December 26, 2010

Utilizing Music

A Illinois middle school science teacher is using YouTube as a venue for singing science lessons. Doug Edmonds is rewriting the lyrics to popular songs such as Abba’s “Dancing Queen” with lessons on chemical bonds and other science concepts. He also holds diagrams and flash cards to accompany the songs. He videotapes his work and puts them on YouTube for students and teachers to access. Teachers and students from within and outside the US have contacted him letting him know how helpful his videos are.

“If I’m ever struggling on a quiz, I’ll just sort of sing them to myself,” one student said. “People are going around singing them in the hallways. They’re actually really catchy.” TribLocal.com (Chicago)/Northbrook, Ill. (12/14)

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