Dear Mrs. Fourth Grade Teacher.
Truly, I can’t thank you enough for teaching the twins that snappy peppy tune about photosynthesis.
You know which one.
That disco, hip-hop number with all the choreography.
Kind of MC Hammer meets Bill Nye the Science Guy.
That goes a little like this:
“Your roots….your roots…..drinking up the water
Takin’ in the nutrients
Your stem….your stem….carryin’ the water and the food and the nutrients
From your roots to your leaves
Your leaves….your leaves…..takin’ in the sunlight….takin’ in the CO2
So they can make their own food
For me and you.”
After hearing it 3,154 times….I can sing it to you from memory.
I know every line.
Including my favorite part in the choreography where the roots and leaves go all old school with that hand shaking and waving motion followed by the CO2 swirl at the end.
Who needs Dancing With the Stars 2012 when you have CO2 in motion?
I’m appreciative, really.
That song and two cute singers kept me company when I was working outside.
After 3,154 times….it became my theme song for the growth chart /marquee numbers project.
Marquee Number Growth Chart
1. Prime and paint a 1 x 10 board white.
Add streaks of gray.
Leave gray paintbrush and paint next to board.
Come back to find gray paw prints on board.
“Your roots….your roots…..drinking up the water”
2. Mark inches and feet on the board.
Ask around for a pencil.
Find stubby, nubby pencil and make it work.
Use stubby, nubby pencil to mark off every inch.
Then mark a longer line for each foot.
Leave space to add marquee number.
“Your leaves….your leaves…..takin’ in the sunlight….takin’ in the CO2.”
3. Fill in pencil lines
Use black paint pen and ruler to fill in where you marked with pencil.
Line up ruler and draw against it with a paint pen.
Think how much harder it would be if you painted it with a brush.
Decide that there is a special place in heaven for the person that invented paint pens.
“So they can make their own food…”
4. Add marquee numbers to the chart.
Apply hot glue to the back of the numbers and stick onto the wood.
Hang on the wall.
“For me and you.”
Now don’t get me wrong Mrs. Fourth Grade Teacher.
I love snappy biology songs about plants drinking water and sunlight and CO2.
And while I truly appreciate a photosynthesis song as much as the next person….
……I’m thinking we need to go all MC Hammer on “cell osmosis in action.”
PS Thank you to my brilliant sister, Kijsa who was the brainstorm behind the marquee growth chart.