Animals Spreading Seeds
by Ms. Melara's class
to the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean (Scottish trad.)
The squirrel collects lots of acorns
So in winter she’ll have food to spare
She sometimes forgets where she put them
So soon they’ll be sprouting somewhere
Acorns, acorns, the acorns are hidden somewhere, somewhere
Acorns, acorns, the acorns are sprouting right there
The berries that grow in your garden
Get eaten by birds in the air
While most of the fruit gets digested
The seeds will be pooped out somewhere
Birds poop, birds poop, birds poop the seeds out somewhere, somewhere
Birds poop, birds poop, the seeds will be sprouting right there
Some goats climb a tree in Morocco
It’s tall but they don’t even care
The goats eat the fruit of the argan
But spit out the seeds everywhere
Somewhere, somewhere, the goats spit the argan seeds everywhere
Somewhere, somewhere, the seeds will be sprouting right there!
Some grass makes a seed called a foxtail
It sticks in your socks or your hair
You’ll know that it’s there when it stabs you (Ow!)
So pluck it and throw it somewhere
Foxtails, foxtails, pluck them and throw them somewhere, somewhere
Foxtails, foxtails, soon they’ll be growing right there
One way plants adapt and thrive is to get animals to help spread their seeds. Ms. Melara's second graders had been researching different ways a plant might get this kind of assistance, so we turned it into a song!
Here are some standards from the NGSS addressed by this song:
K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
-LS1.B. Growth and Development of Organisms: Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
-CC: Structure and Function. The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).
2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
chords: G, C, D; or any root/4th/5th chord group will do fine.