Fifth Graders Drop Scientific Method Music Video
Oct. 2, 2018
MUNDELEIN, IL -- Erin Pilotte and Emma Russell made an instant connection when both started as fifth-grade teachers at Fremont School District 79 in the fall of 2016.
“We’re both teachers who are very loud and very animated,” Pilotte said. “We like to have a lot of fun and we want our kids to know, yes, you’re in fifth grade and you’re learning more difficult things, but learning can be fun.”
So, when it came time to develop a plan for teaching the Scientific Method, both Pilotte and Russell wanted to come up with something fun and creative that would stick with their students.
In researching unique ways to teach the topic to students, Russell found something that caught her eye on YouTube. She discovered a song credited to “Have Fun Teaching” and is a rap that lists the steps of the Scientific Method:
- Make an observation;
- Ask a question;
- Form a hypothesis;
- Make a prediction;
- Do a test; and
- Analyze the data and draw a conclusion.
Both teachers have utilized the song during their previous two years at FSD79 in their separate classrooms, but this year, for the first time, they brought the two classes together to create a music video to go along with it.
Based upon each of the steps of the Scientific Method, the students themselves choreographed movements to go along with the lyrics. At the end of class each day for one week, the classes would rehearse their dance moves in preparation for the filming of the video.
“Our perspective was the Scientific Method is something valuable that they need to use throughout all of science for every experiment that you do,” Pilotte said. “We wanted to make something memorable that would make it exciting for them once again and something that they could reference throughout the year.”
“I’m forever grateful that we came up with the idea to do this because I think it not only changed learning for the students, but it also changed teaching for us.”