Here is an active way to learn the order of the planets and have fun doing it. Children learn quicker and retain information longer, the more different learning styles are involved.
This book uses music, rhyme, singing, pictures and movement to help students learn the order of the planets, the meanings of their names, their position, and their classification. The detailed illustrations demonstrate the movements accompanying the song which is roughly to the tune of Alouette. The particular notes are included with each movement as well as a full piece of music at the end of the book.
When teaching elementary school for thirty-three years, Bonnie Ferrante used this strategy effectively with several classes. Whether your child is learning about the planets for personal interest or for school, this book will provide the key facts and a successful method for learning them.
A Youtube video can help you with the tune and movements for the first verse and chorus. https://youtu.be/QWP_fz7tAoE
Song, hand and body movements,
mnemonics and more—Sing the Planets: An “I’ll That” Book by Bonnie Ferrante
is sure to be a hit in the classroom and at home. This gem of a book is
perfect for reaching readers and listeners of diverse learning styles.
Ferrante not only includes the sheet music for the song, she has also
produced a YouTube video (you’ll find its web link in the book), making it
easy for teachers and parents to get the kids singing and swinging,
enthusiastically performing hand and body movements to the tune. Sing the
Planets not only includes information on the eight planets (explain that
Pluto no longer among them), it presents information about the entire solar
system and includes mythological details about the origins of the naming of
the planets. The illustrations include photos taken by NASA and other space
agencies. Ferrante not only makes learning about the planets easy to
remember—she makes it memorable! I highly recommend Sing the Planets to
elementary teachers, librarians and to parents as well. ~ Bette A. Stevens,
author of award-winning picture book AMAZING MATILDA and other books for
children and adults
Barbara Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
A different and innovative approach to introduce the planets of our solar system to children. Wish I had this book when I was teaching the solar system to third grade students. This author combines beautiful photos of the planets with multicultural drawings of children. Instead of simply presenting information, readers are provided with a story about the mythological background behind the name of each planet. The author distinguishes between the inner and outer planets and explains the features which make them different. Each planet is assigned different notes and a musical song that can be sung to the tune of “Alouette.” Drawings indicate a unique movement associated with each planet like hugging yourself, flapping arms like wings or spinning around. Children can feel themselves moving in space as the planets do. The information is up to date; Pluto is no longer classified a planet. Some children remember better with a word rhyme so Ms. Ferrante suggests a mnemonic to remember the planetary names. At the end of the book, a glossary redefines and elaborates on all scientific terminology mentioned in the text.
Such a wealth of knowledge packed into 35 pages. Younger children will enjoy looking at the photos and performing the gestures. Older students will expand their knowledge base of the solar system.
A child will be able to use this book over and over again for a number of years. Recommended for children ages five and up. Also a great family or classroom group activity!
Sample Pictures from Sing the Planets
Author contact b.ferrante at tbaytel dot net