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Sue's work with children who have special needs is featured in the video "Beautiful Surprises." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upq6sp-HmDo&list=UUpG6xkCux0enjfy8VI0eD0Q&index=16

Winner of the 2014 "Artist of the Year" Award from Young Audiences of Maryland.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpiUPvgG7jE

Sue Trainor inspires creativity in concert and in workshops. Her participant-centered, experiential programs motivate children and adults to explore new skills and ideas. Sue’s energy and enthusiasm capture everyone’s attention and her sense of humor and down-to-earth approach keep it.

Go to the VIDEO/PHOTO section (below) to see video from Benfield Elementary's songwriting residency closing concert. Three fourth grade classes sing the songs they composed about cells, Maryland history, and summer vacation.

School Assembly Video below, from Roland Park School, Baltimore:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEVewNAy06w

 

PGATI Songwriting - July 6, 2017

Hello, PGATI friends!!

Here is the list of songs in the handout, with links. Please copy and paste this onto your own computer; I will not leave this up for very long. If you'd like me to email you a copy, I'll be happy to do that. Let me know in class, or send an email to me at SueTrainor@aol.com.

Song List with LINKS

JUST THE FACTS

  • The Elements (Tom Lehrer)

https://www.google.com/search?q=tom+lehrer+elements&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

  • ABCs (to “Twinkle, Twinkle” tune)
  • Days of the Week (to “Adams Family” theme song)
  • 50 States that Rhyme

http://mrsjonesroom.com/songs/50states.html

  • Student song:

         1st Grade; Penguins 

 

FACTS IN A CONTEXT

  • Battle of New Orleans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL7XS_8qgXM

  • Mr. Bojangles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3YMyW0SqmU

  • Follow the Drinking Gourd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw6N_eTZP2U

  • Dem Deer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWbCgXn2kS0

Student song:

  • 4th grade Maryland Past and Present

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_tlweFn6D8

  • 7th Grade  Proportions


REALISTIC” FICTION

  • Brennan on the Moor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkxuWte_iKg

  • John Henry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF-3t8Id6mA

There are many versions of this song – this is a bit different than the lyrics I put in the handout. /st

 

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Student songs:

  • 2nd grade Splash, A Raindrop

 

OPINION /PERSUASION

  • Yankee Doodle
  • Deportees

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2eO65BqxBE

  • Blowin’ in the Wind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTUG9CehwhY

  • Paradise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEy6EuZp9IY

  • What Happened to Fred

http://www.hotsouptrio.com/listen/s/what_happened_to_fred

  • The Teacher Song

https://store.cdbaby.com/m/cd/hotsoup

Student Songs:

  • 2nd grade  Swings
  • 4th grade   I Get the Blame
  • 8th grade  A New Birth of Freedom

FEELINGS

  • Star Spangled Banner
  • We Shall Overcome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhnPVP23rzo

  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wZ_b_uUAdQ

  • Firework

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw

  • We Could Have Had It All

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw

  Student songs:

  • 3rd grade   Jazzy Spring
  • 3rd grade   We Are Diverse

FANTASY / Tall Tales

  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ2CuKgyNW0

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U016JWYUDdQ

  • I know an Old Lady

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaxVBButBGg

  • Yellow Submarine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krIus0i9xn8

Oh, well…. The remaining Beatles seem to be good at keeping their original recordings off the internet.

Student songs:

  • 5th grade A Short Guy in a Tall Tale
  • 1st grade The Little Engine That Could 

Aha Reading in Chester, VA - April 30, 2017

I had a great time working with you Saturday morning! Hope the strategies are useful for you. Remember to check education.wolftrap.org for more examples from artists using the elements of music, dance, drama and puppetry.

Here are those "Very Hungry Caterpillar" songs, plus the making bread chant for infants. Thanks for making the children's learning experiences so much fun!

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Song Adaptations by Sue Trainor

To the tune of "Jingle Bells:"
Chorus:

            Caterpillar, caterpillar
            Hungry all the time
            Eat and grow and eat and grow
            Until it’s chrysalis time

Verse:

            Monday he ate a ____
            Tuesday he ate two ____
           Wednesday day he ate three _____
            And he was feeling great
           Thursday he ate four ____
           Friday he ate five _____
           Saturday he ate _____
           And got a tummyache!

           
To the tune of “Green Grass Grows All Around”
Song adaptation by Sue Trainor


In the garden    there was a leaf
The prettiest leaf     that you ever did see
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And on that leaf    there was an egg
The prettiest egg     that you ever did see
Egg on the leaf and the leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And in that egg   there was a caterpillar
The prettiest caterpillar     that you ever did see
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And on that caterpillar, there is a chrysalis
The prettiest chrysalis  that you ever did see
Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And in the crysallis   there is a butterfly
The prettiest butterfly   that you ever did see
Butterfly in the chrysalis
Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And in that butterfly    there is an egg
The prettiest egg    that you ever did see
Egg in the butterfly  and the
Butterfly in the chrysalis
Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And what do you think happened to the egg in the butterfly?

 

 MAKING BREAD

Adaptation by Sue Trainor

Imagine the child is bread dough. Use each movement all over the body, front and back, limbs and head.  In steady beat:

  1. (Kneed it)  Squish squish squish squish  (repeat until entire body is touched)
  2. (Butter it) Spread, spread, spread, spread  (repeat until entire body is touched)
  3. (Flour it) Sprinkle sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle (repeat until entire body is touched)

All done!

Prince George's County PD - March 16, 2017

Hello PG Friends!!

It was lovely to work with you yesterday. Here are the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" songs you were asking about.

Scroll down to find more repertoire from other workshops, too. Hope we get to work together again!

 

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Song Adaptations by Sue Trainor

To the tune of "Jingle Bells:"
Chorus:

            Caterpillar, caterpillar

            Hungry all the time

            Eat and grow and eat and grow

            Until it’s chrysalis time

Verse:

            Monday he ate a ____

            Tuesday he ate two ____

           Wednesday day he ate three _____

            And he was feeling great

           Thursday he ate four ____

           Friday he ate five _____

           Saturday he ate _____

           And got a tummyache!

           

To the tune of “Green Grass Grows All Around”


In the garden    there was a leaf

The prettiest leaf     that you ever did see

Leaf in the garden and

The life cycle goes around and around

The life cycle goes around.



And on that leaf    there was an egg

The prettiest egg     that you ever did see

Egg on the leaf and the leaf in the garden and

The life cycle goes around and around

The life cycle goes around.

 

And in that egg   there was a caterpillar

The prettiest caterpillar     that you ever did see

Caterpillar in the egg and the

Egg on the leaf and the

Leaf in the garden and

The life cycle goes around and around

The life cycle goes around.



And on that caterpillar, there is a chrysalis

The prettiest chrysalis  that you ever did see

Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the

Caterpillar in the egg and the

Egg on the leaf and the

Leaf in the garden and

The life cycle goes around and around

The life cycle goes around.

 

And in the crysallis   there is a butterfly

The prettiest butterfly   that you ever did see

Butterfly in the chrysalis

Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the

Caterpillar in the egg and the

Egg on the leaf and the

Leaf in the garden and

The life cycle goes around and around

The life cycle goes around.

 

And in that butterfly    there is an egg

The prettiest egg    that you ever did see

Egg in the butterfly  and the

Butterfly in the chrysalis

Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the

Caterpillar in the egg and the

Egg on the leaf and the

Leaf in the garden and

The life cycle goes around and around

The life cycle goes around.

 

And what do you think happened to the egg in the butterfly?

 
 

 

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