Earthworms Make America Great

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Earthworms Make America Great

An Easy-to-Use Science
Play for Elementary School

Grades K-3
20 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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Vocal Score - $9.95 (details)
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This 20-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

With Earthworms Make America Great, learning is as easy as eating dirt! We've combined eight great songs with a bit of fun, fact-filled storytelling in this celebration of earthworms. In addition to details about the importance of our wriggling friends (aeration, soil nutrients, composting), students will meet The Little Earthworm That Could, an eight-foot Australian worm, and earthworms who "love to dance."

Earthworms Make America Great is a great complement to your curriculum resources in primary grade life science and environmental education. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-47-9
© 2009 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"The play was so fabulous. The kids loved the songs and were so excited to perform for their families. The information aligned with our science unit about worms. We had so much fun!"

---Teresa Vitelli, Teacher (Kindergarten), Brookhaven Elementary, Brookhaven, CA

"The lines were given to 5 and 6 year olds and most had them memorized in a week. They did a great job. The blues song was their favorite and they really hammed it up."

---Jenny Eyler, Teacher (Primary students ages 3-6), North Fork Community Montessori School, Hotchkiss, CO

Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

SINGERS:
Each song in this show is sung by the entire cast. (In one song, a couple
individual singers sing back and forth with the rest of the class.) However,
the songs can easily be divided up among the students if that is desired.

STORY-TELLERS:
Each scene in the show is introduced with a very brief bit of dialogue
involving three student actors. We have numbered these parts 1-27, but
students may of course take more than one part. And since each "part" has
two lines in a scene, more student actors could be used as well by using up
to six storytellers in each scene.

(ENTIRE CLASS enters as music starts to play. They face the audience. Across
the back of classroom/stage is a giant poster that spells out EARTHWORM.
During the performance, the Student who announces the next letter can first
go up to the poster and point out the letter. Or the Student can wear a
cardboard sign around his or her neck with the letter written in big print.
Or Students can wear T-shirts with the appropriate letter inscribed across
the front. You can fade out the music when the students are set up.)

STUDENT 1 (to audience): E is for "Earthworms."

STUDENT 2: There are over four thousand species of earthworm.

STUDENT 3: There are probably more earthworms by weight under the ground
than livestock above it.

STUDENT 1: That's a lot of earthworms.

STUDENT 2: I had no idea.

STUDENT 3: Yep. Earthworms make America great.

Song 1 - Listen now!

CLASS:

So much is great about this land
The mountains, plains, and desert sand
America is flying high
With Uncle Sam and apple pie.
But the things that really make her
Are the worms in every acre...

Earthworms make America great
Earthworms!
Earthworms make America great.

They make the soil for me and you
I think they bleed red, white, and blue
No, they're not fuzzy, warm and cute
But when they crawl by, I salute.
No bald eagle, bear or turtle
Makes our fruited plains so fertile...

Earthworms make America great
Earthworms!
Earthworms make America great.

Look up at the flag
Proud as you can be
Its lovely stripes:
They're earthworms,
Earthworms flying free!

Earthworms make America great
Earthworms!
Earthworms make America great.

STUDENT 4: A is for "Australia."

STUDENT 5 (to #4): What's have to do with earthworms?

STUDENT 6: They have eight-foot earthworms in Australia.

STUDENT 4: And a Giant Earthworm Museum.

STUDENT 5: Giant earthworms?

STUDENT 6: Yep. And you should see the fish they catch with them.
(Spreads arms wide apart to show how big the fish is.)

Song 2 - Listen now!

CLASS:

Down, down, down in Australia
With the kangaroos
They've got a creature who's been making news.

There, there, there with the wombat
And koala bear
They've got an earthworm that will make you stare.

One foot
Two foot
Three foot
Four
I hope that's all but I think there's more.
Five foot
Six foot
Seven foot
Eight
And foot worm and it¹s learning to skate.
An eight foot worm learning to skate.

Down, down, down in Australia
With the platypus
They've got an earthworm who's as big as us.

There, there, there all the robins
Have a heart attack
Pulling an earthworm that can pull right back.

One foot
Two foot
Three foot
Four
I hope that's all but I think there's more.
Five foot
Six foot
Seven foot
Eight
And foot worm and it's learning to skate.
An eight foot worm learning to skate.
Here it comes!

One foot
Two foot
Three foot
Four
I hope that's all but I think there's more.
Five foot
Six foot
Seven foot
Eight
And foot worm and it¹s learning to skate.
An eight foot worm learning to skate.

STUDENT 7: R is for "R you crazy?"

STUDENT 8 (to #7): That's not a real R.

STUDENT 9: Tell that to Betty.

STUDENT 7: Earthworms move very slowly, contracting their muscles to
shorten and lengthen their bodies.

STUDENT 8: What's that got to do with Betty?

STUDENT 9: Gather 'round, children, and hear the tale.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

Click on the song name to hear samples. Please note that internet song samples have low fidelity and rest assured that the CDs we sell sound much better! (This player requires Flash. If you have any trouble hearing the samples, just contact us for help.)


Full Song List

1. Earthworms Make America Great
2. Eight Foot Worm
3. The Little Earthworm that Could
4. All My Worms Is Gone
5. Earthworms Have Heart
6. Earthworms on Parade
7. Love to Dance
8. Eating Dirt
9. Earthworms Make America Great (reprise)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Science

Language Arts

  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

species
platypus
surveys
aerate
compost
assert
wombat
"the blues"
fertile
"traveling shoes"
thrive
shrewd
hurtle
"fruited plains"
refrain
"no jive"
moldy
devour
livestock
contracting
grammar
"to vamp"
two-step
topsoil