THE EARTHWORM DANCE
Rap lyrics ©1995 by Nancy Schimmel
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CHORUS: It's the earthworm dance, wiggle wiggle wiggle |
It's the earthworm
dance, get down.
The earthworms dance with a slip slide slide |
They tunnel through the soil
and let the air inside
And that's good for the roots, good for the shoots
good for the people who eat the fruits.
A worm looks simple, just head and tail |
But if it weren't for the worms every
farm would fail
So here's to the earthworms all in a coil
Their dance is deep, their dance is deep, their dance
is deep and they elevate the soil.*
The earthworms dance with a glide and a curve |
The worms never get the
credit they deserve
When we really should be on the best of terms
on, everybody, c'mon, c'mon, lets dance for the worms!*
*These lines have extra measures in them. This is what
keeps raps from sounding square and sing-song. On the chorus, show the
audience how to wiggle with arms at sides and index fingers pointing down. On
the “get down” warn kids that they don't get all the way down to the floor, just
gesture toward the floor with index fingers and dip the knees. |
|Linda Glaser has a book on earthworms for pre-schoolers: Wonderful Worms; pictures by Loretta Krupinski (Millbrook Press, c1992)|
For primary grades, there's Dirt by Steve Tomecek, illustrated by Nancy Woodman, from the National Geographic Society, 2002 (Jump into science series).
A friendly star-nosed mole guides the reader through this
brief exploration of how soil is formed, its layers, and its importance
as a natural resource that living things need to survive. Big role for earthworms.