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The Photosynthesis Song

In the school year 2011-2012, I worked at the University of British Columbia’s children’s garden. It is a program called Landed Learning (see my post about this program).

Every morning, we would have opening and closing circles where we shared our observations and things we learned. We ate lunch together from what we harvested and sang songs. The public school eacher, Gordon Bell, played the guitar and sang with his students. He and the director of the Landed Learning project, Stacy Friedman, came up with this song to share with us. The kids sang along quite happily, as they’d been rehearsing it. It was a very cool thing to hear and sing with them!

It reflects things they learned about plant life while gardening.

The Photosynthesis Song

(sung to the tune of Spinning Wheel, by Blood Sweat and Tears)
Lyrics by Gordon Bell and Stacy Friedman

Xylem goes up; phloem goes down
Chloroplasts streaming ‘round
Water and some nutrients on the run
Energizing, turn yourself towards the sun

CO2 and H2O
Photosynthesizing and away we go
Add a little sunlight and some chlorophyll
Oxygen and sugar I can never get my fill

Do you find that it warms your mind when the sun is shining on you?
Don’t you wish you could energize…Sun in your eyes…photosynthesize?
Too baaad that you don’t have chloroplaaaaasts!

Plants and people do what they do
You need me and I need you
On our own we can’t survive
It’s because of plants that we are happy and alive

Xylem goes up;  Phloem goes down
Chloroplasts streaming ‘round
Water and some nutrients on the run
Energizing, turn yourself towards the sun

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