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About Singing Scientific-Science Through the Arts

Mission: To Understand and Appreciate Nature

Unit One: Climate Change

Description of Pieces

    Each media provides a different perspective on the topic, allowing for a different set of observations, questions, and problems. Together, the materials give the user a deeper understanding of Global Warming and Climate Change.
    The illustration, a scientific model to interrogate, observe, and question, gives visual clues to the key terms and main steps of the scientific process. The image supports process writing, as label turns from bullet point to phrase to sentence to paragraph to essay. Like a sponge, the illustration can start small and soak up detail and nuance as the unit progresses.
    The song accesses a different part of the brain by outlining the process with rhythm and rhyme. The rhyming, repeating hook features definitions of the key terms. Call and response elicits retention, deep memory, and joy. Often students jump up and dance. Students I haven’t seen for many years yell out snippets from science songs: “the atoms break free!”
    The story follows the process in more detail, as a narrative, up close and personal. As in a fable, non-human entities, alive or not, are imbued with human attributes. Participants discover unexpected emotion and drama in science, building connection and relevance.
    Poetry allows us to step away, searching for essential truths. In this Singing Scientific context, the poet asks so what?, why should i care? The science poetry searches for further connections-personal, social, or political. Basically, the poetry looks for the big picture.

     After these different creative interpretations of the science, the illustrated text video present the information in a straight forward manner. This is where the rubber hits the road, with background music by author's band Not In quartet.

The suggestions for use section, like this section, gives ideas of how you might approach this flexible enrichment curriculum.