Category Archives: Student Written Songs

Down By the Bay

In honor of Earth Day next week, I am posting a new song about preserving and protecting our bays. Click here to check it out! Since I live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the original version of the song focuses on this bay. However, it can easily be adapted with to your own bay. On the song page I have a version with blanks for the bay name. I have always loved the song Down By the Bay, and it was such a great fit as a piggyback tune for this new song. I would love to hear the new verses your students create for this song. If you are looking for more Earth Day resources, check out their official site here,   Happy singing! -Elizabeth


Student Written State Songs

After my last post about writing basic short vowel songs with students, I wanted to show you how  students can write their own songs using a lyric template in the upper elementary grades. Please check out my page about student written state songs to learn how to use a song template with your students. This lesson will allow them to practice summarizing, writing, cooperative learning, and fluency, in addition to learning content information about their state. Happy singing!


The Food Plate

While glancing around the internet looking for new, healthy recipes for my toddler, I came across the website It has lots of great resources for eating healthy, and I started thinking about a song that would help students remember the categories on the food plate. I can remember part of a song about the good old food pyramid from my own elementary days, and I started playing around with a new version. I hope you and your students enjoy this new song, the food plate, located in the science songs section. Under the song, I have a version with blanks which students can fill in with their own examples of foods from each group. I’d love to hear other ways that you teach about the food plate. Happy singing!

choose my plate