The Dinosaur – Song No. 5

Welcome back!

This week’s special Halloween song is The Dinosaur song.

The instrument that starts off The Dinosaur song in the electric guitar, and it was recorded by the brilliant guitarist and guitar teacher Udi Glaser.

The dinosaurs were a very diverse group of animals that lived over 200 million years ago. There were many different kinds of dinosaurs: some lived on the land, some could fly, some could swim and lived in the water and some were a combination of these. They also came in all shapes and sizes. Some were gigantic, others were as small as a medium size dog.

    

Lyrics

Verse:
See the dinosaur roaming all the land, stomping up and down.
See the dinosaur flying in the sky, flapping all around.
See the dinosaur swimming in the sea, making giant waves.
See the animals run away from him – why are they afraid?

Chorus:
Because the dinosaur is the biggest one of all,
And how can an animal so big be gone?
It’s such a question!

*** Try making up actions and movements to go with the verse: find a movement for “stomping”, “flying”, “swimming” and “afraid” ***

Musical Challenge:

Go back and listen to the song “Don’t Forget Them” which is the first song of this project and see if you can hear The Dinosaur tune hidden in it.

Hint: It comes on when you hear the words “…gigantic asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs a long long time ago”.

People who study and explore skeletons and fossils of dinosaurs are called palaeontologists. Many dinosaur skeletons have been found all over the world, and you can see examples at the Natural History Museum.

Did you know?

The word dinosaur means “terrible lizard”, but actually dinosaurs aren’t part of the lizard family at all! It is believed that the closest living ancestors of the dinosaurs are the birds. Both the dinosaurs and the birds hatch out of eggs.

Did you also know:

Scientists believe that the dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago because a huge asteroid (a rock from outer space) crashed into planet earth causing everything to shake up and many species of animals and plants to die out.

 

 

See you next week for another scary Halloween Extinct Animal Song!

 

* Page information written with help from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur

The Sloth – Song No. 4

Hello everybody!

This week our song is The Sloth Lullaby.

The Sloth Lullaby is a duet sung by 9 year old Tallulah and Sophie.
A musical duet is when two people sing or play music together.

A lullaby is a calm and soothing song that helps you to fall asleep, when you’re tucked into your bed all cosy and snug at night.
The word sloth means lazy and slow. The different sloth species are considered very slow moving, which is why they are called sloths. This is also why the sloth is the perfect animal to sing a lullaby about, as the music will also be as slow and calm and lazy as a sloth, and can put you to sleep in no time.

     

In the film Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael who are very excited from their long and magical day with her refuse to go to bed so she sings them a magical lullaby called Stay Awake, and by the end of it they are sound asleep…

See whether The Sloth Lullaby can help you fall asleep tonight.  
Or
Try putting your little brother or sister to sleep by singing The Sloth Lullaby gently to them.

Lyrics
The sloth climbed slowly up the tree to fetch some leaves for his dinner.
La la, la la…
The sloth hung slowly upside down, that’s how he likes to swing.
La la, la la…
The baby sloth clung to his mum so tight, he mustn’t fall off.
La la, la la…
The sloth went slowly off to sleep he sleeps most of the day.
La la, la la…

 

Did you know?
Sloths are prehistoric mammals that first appeared around 60 million years ago!
Not all species of sloths are extinct, some are still alive such as the three-toed-sloth! They are leaf eaters that live on trees in the jungles of Central and South America and are related to the armadillo and anteater. It is believed that the giant sloth became extinct because of humans hunting them as well as due to climate changes.

Join us next week for the first of two scary  Extinct Animal Songs, especially for
Halloween!!!
I wonder if you can GUESS which two extinct animals are scary enough to have their own Halloween song…

 

* With help from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloth

The Passenger Pigeon – Song No. 3

Welcome back!
Our next song from the Extinct Animal Songs project is about the Passenger Pigeon.

We have uploaded 3 versions of the song, sung by 3 fantastic soloists (that means they sing on their own!). The solos are sung by 8 year old Maya and Rosa, and 6 year old Erin. We have also added a backing track for you to sing a solo of your own!
Use the lyrics to sing along and make your own version of The Passenger Pigeon song – enjoy!

Lyrics

There was once a bird called Passenger Pigeon,
It was everyone’s favourite bird in the sky.
You could see it here and there and everywhere,
But then it left, never said goodbye.
Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon fly!

There was once a bird called Passenger Pigeon,
It was everyone’s favourite bird in the sky.
You could hear it calling ‘Coo’ to all its friends,
But then it left, never said goodbye.
Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon fly!

Coo, Coo, Coo…

Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon, Passenger Pigeon fly!

***

Singing Solo – means singing on your own. Try practising singing the song for a bit and when you think you know it well enough you can perform it for your family and friends!

The Passenger Pigeon used to be a very common bird and there used to be lots and lots of them, some people estimate there were between 3-5 BILLION of them! That is a lot! Even though there were so many of them they became extinct at the beginning of the 20th century.

Did you know?

There were a few reasons for the extinction of the Passenger Pigeons:

a. Humans destroyed their natural habitats by cutting down trees and even whole forests

b. Pigeon meat became popular during the 19th century so people used to often hunt and eat them

 

Did you also know:

The last known living Passenger Pigeon was called Martha, and she died on the 1st of September 1914.

This page is dedicated to Martha.

 

 

See you next week with a brand new Extinct Animal Song!