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The scientific process is made clear in the kick-off song, Science is Real. Songs with influences from every decade of rock and roll will help students make meaning of tricky scientific topics such as circulation, photosynthesis, speed and velocity, and states of matter.
Additionally, the music and video help to dispel common scientific myths, as well as inspires the use of scientific inquiry at every level. Using real-world connections students can relate to, a stimulating soundtrack that educates, and eye-popping graphics that punch the point make Here Comes Science a great teaching tool.
Teachers can use the songs and video to begin a unit of study, assess prior knowledge of a topic to help plan instruction, differentiate instruction, stimulate further discussion of a topic, expose students to new concepts, and develop science vocabulary and comprehension. -- Susan Lee Poage, Kindergarten Teacher Professor of Early Childhood Education Winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics
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I highly recommend this album to parents out there, as well as science fans of all ages.
As a huge "fan" of science (I read science blogs while my coworkers check out ESPN), I can't tell you how fantastic it feels to have an entire album dedicated to, *ahem*, "singing the praises" of everything from anatomy to geology, astrophysics to zoology, the Big Bang to DNA. When I was a little kid, I was a little too late for Sagan's COSMOS, but I would watch hours of this silly little HBO show called ENCYCLOPEDIA, where they did silly sketches and songs about a lot of science facts and history. I know my fascination for learning new things about the How's and Why's of the world were, in part, kindled at that early age by such educational entertainment. I can't tell you how much it thrills me to see my kids starting on the same path of knowledge and discovery.
Thank you, John and John.
"Here Comes Science" resembles any TMBG album, with catchy melodies and clever lyrics, sung in the nasal tones of John and John, along with guest shots by friends like Robin Goldwasser, who's worked with Flansburgh in Mono Puff. Truthfully, there's not a bad track on the album...my personal favorites are "I Am A Paleontologist" and "Put It to the Test," probably because these two tracks could easily fit on any TMBG album without any changes ("And all the kids who wanna see 'em/Are lining up at our museum"). These song-lessons occasionally put scientific accuracy (a good thing) at odds with song structure (a bad thing).
Of course, the album is called "Here Comes Science," so it's a good thing that the Johns are accurate. However, its reliance on sing-songy vocals (always a hallmark of TMBG, but usually more varied) makes this a minor struggle to get through on one sitting. However, for the under-10 crowd, it's easy to see both its usefulness and effectiveness. It's catchy, no doubt.
If anything, the songs on this album are better viewed in their video versions on the DVD. Not only is the animation goofy and fun, but the two Johns (in simplistic cartoon form) narrate and introduce the songs, often dropping useful facts and mnemonics to help the viewer better follow the subject matter. The DVD is consistently entertaining, fun, and educational, and therein lies the true value of this media project.Read more ›
The songs are catchy and fun and, gasp!, informative for kids. They may seem like very basic stuff to us adults, but anything that will help the youngers remember their planets (and millions of other things), the colors of the rainbow, and what elements are is good in my book.
Today I popped in the DVD and watched it. There are both the songs in alphabetical order and a show that goes through the songs in the same order as they are on the CD. The show is hilarious and I laughed out loud at more than one part. I also learned a few things, such as what sand is made out of and that there is more than one dwarf planet in our solar system. Maybe everyone already knew these things, but I didn't.
A warning for those who take their respective holy books literally, this CD/DVD set is about science, meaning it does deal with evolution. That's not an issue in my book, but I know it can be for some. Off the top of my head, the songs "Science Is Real," "My Brother The Ape," and "I'm A Paleontologist" all either deal with the concept or at least mention it.
One thing to note that I really liked, though others might not or might find it confusing. The song "Why Does The Sun Shine?" (an older TMBG song that was rerecorded for this album) contains some outdated scientific information. Instead of changing the song, TMBG added another right after that one called "Why Does The Sun Really Shine?Read more ›
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This is the best video I have ever shown my son, hands-down. Not only have I used the information in these songs to make myself seem like an intellectual bad-ass at office... Read morePublished 3 days ago by >^.*.^<
Love this album. Packed full of knowledge & catchy tunes. The kids love it. The husband & I sing along. This has saved much of our sanity while teaching us all about science. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Lebowski
Here Comes Science got stuck in my car's DVD player in 2/2016. I've been pretty busy, so now, 5 months later, my kids and I are still watching and listening to it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a great CD that my nephew loves to listen to and I enjoy it as well!Published 1 month ago by Lola
Did you used to be cool? Did you rock out to the latest Indy band and trade opinions on the newest sounds? Read morePublished 2 months ago by E&D
The kids love listening to this music! As a bonus, I don't want to plug my ears while its playing! Win-win :-)Published 3 months ago by Matt Lund
We are among three generations of TMBG fans. My smart little grandkidz love singing along on our way to and from school. And I have learned a thing or two about science as well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by So Cal Locals
Even my husband and I don't get tired of this series, well, at least not until the 100+ time listening. The music is good, the lyrics educational but fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Constant Reader