Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Luck Seven Sampson

The two things that I always remembered about this video was the number 7 on the rabbits foot and the circle around his eye.

http://youtu.be/KS2q1Rz_76A

Now you can call me Lucky, because Lucky’s my name
Singing and dancing, that’s my game
I never did a whole day’s work in my life
Still everything seems to turn out right
Like a grasshopper on a summer’s day
I just love to play
And pass the time away
Because I was born beneath a lucky star
They said I’d go far

Making people happy, that’s my favorite game
Lucky Seven is my natural name
Slipping and sliding my whole life through
Still I get everything done that I got to do
Because I was born beneath a lucky star

School is where you are?
Aw, that’s not hard
Let me show you something

You multiply seven times one
I got seven days to get that problem done
Multiply seven times two
Take 14 laughs when you’re feeling blue
Multiply seven times three
A 21-day vacation you can play with me
Multiply seven times four
You got 28 days (that’s-a one month more)
To pay the mortgage on your store
Don’t worry, something will turn up!

Multiply seven times five
I don’t know how you did it, but man alive, that’s 35
Multiply seven times six
Grab a stick and make a 42 clickety-clicks
Multiply seven times seven
Take 49 steps right up to seventh heaven
Multiply seven times eight
They got 56 flavors and I just can’t wait
Multiply seven times nine
63 musicians, all friends of mine
Multiply seven times ten
And that brings you right back to 70 again

You know, I think that’s important
There’s a trick there somewhere

Multiply seven times eleven
Even a rabbit knows that’s 70 plus seven
Multiply seven times twelve
You got 84, and isn’t that swell
I’m going to try seven times 13, just for fun
70 plus 21
Seven times 14 must be great
Well, exactly, that’s a 70 plus 28
Seven times 15, man alive
That’s 70 plus 35 . . . a hundred and five!

Man, this stuff is simple, no jive
You got it, now I got to fly
Excuse me folks, I’m saying goodbye
I sure do thank you for the huckleberry pie
Take it home, boys

Remember Lucky Seven Sampson, that’s my natural born name
If you should ask me again, I’d have to tell you the same
You’ll wake up tomorrow, you’ll be glad that I came
Because you’ll be singing one of the songs that I sang
So keep a happy outlook and be good to your friend
And maybe I’ll pass this way again
Maybe!

Bye

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday – Little Twelve Toes

I always thought this one was a little weird…

http://youtu.be/_uJsoZheTR4

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand
He’d also have 12 toes or so the theory goes
Well, with twelve digits, I mean fingers
He probably would have invented two more digits
When he invented his number system
Then, if he saved the zero for the end
He could count and multiply by twelve
Just as easily as you and I do by ten

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand
He’d probably count: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, dek, el, doh
“Dek” and “el” being two entirely new signs meaning ten and eleven
Single digits!
And his twelve, “doh”, would be written 1-0
Get it?
That’d be swell, for multiplying by 12

Hey Little Twelve Toes, I hope you’re well
Must be some far-flung planet where you dwell
If we were together, you could be my cousin
Down here we call it a dozen
Hey Little Twelve Toes, please come back home

Now if man had been born with 6 fingers on each hand
His children would have them too
And when they played hide-and-go-seek they’d count by sixes fast
And when they studied piano, they’d do their six-finger exercises
And when they went to school, they’d learn the golden rule
And how to multiply by twelve easy: just put down a zero
But me, I have to learn it the hard way

Let me see now:
One times 12 is twelve, two times 12 is 24
Three times 12 is 36, four times 12 is 48
Five times 12 is 60, six times 12 is 72
Seven times 12 is 84, eight times 12 is 96
Nine times 12 is 108, ten times 12 is 120
Eleven times 12 is 132, and 12 times 12 is 144
WOW!

Hey Little Twelve Toes, I hope you’re thriving
Some of us ten-toed folks are still surviving
If you help me with my twelves, I’ll help you with your tens
And we could all be friends
Little Twelve Toes, please come back home

 

 

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Elementary, My Dear

Another catchy tune. I am guessing that the religious reference on the story of Noah’s Ark would not go over well today.

http://youtu.be/AilDza95hYc

Forty days and forty nights
Didn’t it rain, children
Not a speck of land in sight
Didn’t it, didn’t it rain
But Noah built the ark so tight
They sailed on, children
And when at last the waters receded
And the dove brought back the olive tree leaf
He landed that ship near Mount Ararat
And one of his children grabbed Noah’s robe and said
“Hey Dad, how many animals on this old ark anyway, huh?”

Elementary, my dear, two time two is four
Elementary, my dear, two time three is six
Elementary, my dear, two time four is eight
Elementary, my dear, two time five is ten

Two times one is two, of course
And it must occur to you
You get an even number
Every time you multiply by two

Elementary, my dear, two time six is twelve
Elementary, my dear, two time seven is fourteen
Elementary, my dear, two times eight is sixteen
Elementary, my dear, two times nine is eighteen

Two times ten is twenty, eleven twice is twenty-two
Double twelve that’s twenty-four, thirteen twice is twenty-six
Fourteen twice is twenty-eight, fifteen twice is thirty
Now you build it up on thirty
Sixteen twice is thirty-two, elementary
Seventeen twice is thirty-four, elementary
Eighteen twice is thirty-six, elementary
Nineteen twice is thirty-eight, elementary
Twenty twice is forty, and it must occur to you
You can double any number
All you do is multiply by two

Elementary, my dear, two time two is four (Woo!)
Elementary, my dear, two time three is six (Yeah!)
Elementary, my dear, two time four is eight (Woop!)
Elementary, my dear, two time five is ten (Yeah!)

Now, if you want to multiply two times 174
Or some big number like that
Two times 174 equals two times 100 plus two times 70 plus two times 4
That’s all
So two times 174 equals 200 plus 140 plus 8 . . . or 348
It’s elementary!

Elementary . . . elementary . . .

Twice 32 is 64, elementary
Twice 33 is 66, elementary
Twice 34 is 68, elementary
Twice 35 is 70, elementary
Yeah, yes, it’s elementary, yeah

Now, what’s two times 98?

Aww! That’s hard!

No, it’s very simple
Two times 98 equals two times a hundred, minus two times two
That’s 200 minus four . . . 196
Elementary

Forty days and forty nights
Didn’t it rain, children?

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Interplanet Janet

On a Wednesday…

again…

Sorry 🙂

Still running a tad behind on my life.

http://youtu.be/vmYVWJ82dQQ

They say our solar system is centered around the sun
Nine planets, large and small, parading by
But somewhere out in space
There’s another shining face
That you might see some night up in the sky
Interplanet Janet, she’s a galaxy girl
A solar system Miss from a future world
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen
No, there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen

She’s been to the Sun, it’s a lot of fun
It’s a hot-spot, it’s a gas!
Hydrogen and helium in a big, bright, glowing mass
It’s a star, it’s a star!
So Janet got an autograph!

Mercury was near the Sun so Janet stopped by
But the mercury on Mercury was much too high
So Janet split for Venus but on Venus she found
She couldn’t see a thing for all the clouds around
Earth looked exciting, kind of green and inviting
So Janet thought she’d give it a go
But the creatures on that planet looked so very weird to Janet
She didn’t even dare to say hello

It’s a bird, it’s a plane!
Why, it must be a UFO, but it was:
Interplanet Janet, she’s a galaxy girl
A solar system Miss from a future world
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen
No, there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen

Mars is red and Jupiter’s big
And Saturn shows off its rings
Uranus is built on a funny tilt
And Neptune is its twin
And Pluto, little Pluto, is the farthest planet from the Sun

They say our solar system is not alone in space
The Universe has endless mystery
Some future astronaut
May find out that what he’d thought
Was a shooting star instead turned out to be
Interplanet Janet, she’s a galaxy girl
A solar system Miss from a future world
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen
No, there’s never been a planet Janet hasn’t seen

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: The Four Legged Zoo

I like this one too. 🙂

http://youtu.be/hIL09nlmGuQ

We went to the four-legged zoo
To visit our four-footed friends
Lions and tigers, cats and dogs
A goat and a cow and a couple o’ hogs
A rhinoceros, and of course a hippopotamus
And, oh yes, a horse!

There were elk and bison, a gnu or two
Giraffes and elephants, quite a few
A llama, alpaca, vicuna too
Zebras, ibexes, and one big kudu
It was swell, I liked the gazelle

Now Miss Simpson said –
She teaches school, you know –
Yeah, she took us there
Well, Miss Simpson said
If we counted every head on these quadrupeds
Then multiplied that number by four
We’d know how many feet went through the door
If we turned them all loose
Oh no, don’t do that!
It’s really a groovy zoo
But, anyway, what Miss Simpson said
It was a good chance to work on our fours in our head
One, two, three, four!

I’ll take a lion . . . (one times four)
He’s got four legs and maybe a roar
Give me two camels . . . that’s two times four
Eight legs walking across the desert floor

A tiger and a lamb and a fat kudu
Would be three times four (equals twelve legs too)
But we might have to subtract
When that tiger was through! (Rowr!)

Four four-footed friends, no matter who
Would have 16 legs, and it’s always true
That four times four equals 16
And five times four is 20

Now a coach and six, if you were Cinderella
Would have you home by midnight
If those 24 legs ran fast as lightning
Six times four equals 24 and seven times four equals 28
Anyone knows that, who cares about seven

And eight antelope have 32 legs because eight times four is 32

Here come a small herd of buffalo
They say they’re getting extinct, you know
I can count nine – that’s 36 legs
Nine times four equals 36
Here comes a baby buffalo
That’s good! That’s ten!
And ten times four, you know, is 40

Eleven coyotes . . . (eleven times four)
Went slinking over the prairie floor
On all of their legs
Equals 44

Now twelve times four is as high as we go
Twelve times four equals 48
But there were so very, very, many, many more
Animals standing there by the gate

But we’d have to use a pencil if we counted them all
And we really had fun
And we saw every one
A bear, a cougar, a jackal, a yak
A fox, some deer, and a sweet giraffe

And I can’t remember how many, many more
But we multiplied them all by four
And some of them thanked us with a roar

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: The Shot Heard Round the World

Again, another one of my favorites. This one is a catchy tune that will get stuck in your head.

http://youtu.be/Y6ikO6LMxF4

“The British are coming! The British are coming!”

Now, the ride of Paul Revere
Set the nation on its ear
And the shot at Lexington heard ’round the world
When the British fired in the early dawn
The War of Independence had begun
The die was cast, the rebel flag unfurled

And on to Concord marched the foe
To seize the arsenal there you know
Waking folks searching all around
Until our militia stopped them in their tracks
At the old North Bridge we turned them back
And chased those Redcoats back to Boston town

And the shot heard ’round the world
Was the start of the Revolution
The Minutemen were ready, on the move
Take your powder, and take your gun
Report to General Washington
Hurry men, there’s not an hour to lose!

Now, at famous Bunker Hill
Even though we lost, it was quite a thrill
The rebel Colonel Prescott proved he was wise
Outnumbered and low on ammunition
As the British stormed his position
He said, “Hold your fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”

Though the next few years were rough
General Washington’s men proved they were tough
Those hungry, ragged boys would not be beat
One night they crossed the Delaware
Surprised the Hessians in their lair
And at Valley Forge they just bundled up their feet!

And the shot heard ’round the world
Was the start of the Revolution
The Minutemen were ready, on the move
Take your blanket, and take your son
Report to General Washington
We’ve got our rights and now it’s time to prove

Well, they showed such determination
That they won the admiration
Of countries across the sea like France and Spain
Who loaned the colonies ships and guns
And put the British on the run
And the Continental Army on its feet again

And though they lost some battles too
The Americans swore they’d see it through
Their raiding parties kept up, hit and run
At Yorktown the British could not retreat
Bottled up by Washington and the French Fleet
Cornwallis surrendered and finally we had won!

The winner!

Hurray!

From the shot heard ’round the world
To the end of the Revolution
The continental rabble took the day
And the father of our country
Beat the British there at Yorktown
And brought freedom to you and me and the U.S.A.!

God bless America, let freedom ring!

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Naughty Number Nine

Rumor has it that you won’t be seeing this video aired any more.  All because one of the cats is smoking.  Who are we going to ban next? Frosty?

I really don’t have an opinion on this one. I can take it or leave it. For me this wasn’t one of the most memorable of the Schoolhouse Rock lineup.

http://youtu.be/xt0Frq6bhNQ

Number nine will put you on the spot
Number nine will tie you up, oh, in a knot
When you’re trying
Multiplying by nine
You might give it everything you’ve got
And still be stopped
If you don’t know some secret way you can check on
You’ll break your neck on
Naughty number nine

Now the first thing to keep in mind
When you’re multiplying by nine
Is that it’s one less than ten
You see, nine is the same as ten minus one
So you could multiply your number by ten
And then subtract the number from the result
And you’d get the same product
As if you’d multiplied by nine
And you knew it

I mean, eight times nine is 80 minus eight
And seven times nine is 70 minus seven
And six times nine is 60 minus six
You could use those tricks
Because you must have some secret way you can beat it
Or else you’ll meet it
With naughty number nine

Of course, it doesn’t hurt
To know the table of nines by memory
It goes like this:
One times nine is nine, and two times nine is 18
(Mean ol’ number nine)
Three times nine is 27, and four times nine is 36
Five times nine is 45, and six times nine is 54
And seven times nine is 63
Eight times nine is 72, and nine times nine is 81
And ten times nine is 90

Now the digit sum is always equal to nine
I mean, if you add two and seven, the digits
You get nine, the digit sum
That’s true of any product of nine
If they don’t add up, you’ve made a mistake
Because you must have some secret way you can check it
Or else you’ll wreck it
With naughty, nasty, mean old number nine

 

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Interjections!

Okay, I need a fun post before I finish School Hell. So I am going to keep this post for the Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday theme, and post Part 2 of School Hell tomorrow.

Interjections! was another favorite of mine. I don’ t know why, just seems to be a fun song to me. The song taught me the interjections, but to this day I still struggle with how to actually right them into a sentence. (lol)

http://youtu.be/YkAX7Vk3JEw

(Coughing)

When Reginald was home with the flu, uh-huh-huh,
the doctor knew just what to doOoo.
He cured the infection,
with one small injection,
While Reginald uttered some interjections.

“Hey! That smarts!”
“Ouch! That hurts!”
“Yow! That’s not fair givin’ a guy a shot down there!”

Interjections… “Hey!”
show excitement… “Yow!”
or emotion… “Ouch!”

They’re generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point,
or by a comma when the feeling’s not as strong.

Though Geraldine played hard to get, uh-huh-huh,
Geraldo knew he’d woo her yeEeeet.
He showed his affection,
despite her objections,
and Geraldine hollered some interjections.

“Well! You’ve got some nerve!”
“Oh! I’ve never been so insulted in all my life!”
“Hey! You’re kinda cute!”

Interjections… “Well!”
show excitement… “Oh!”
or emotion… “Hey!”

They’re generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point,
or by a comma when the feeling’s not as strong.

So when you’re happy… “Hurray!”
or sad… “Aw!”
Or frightened… “Eeeeeek!”
or mad… “Rats!”
Or excited… “Wow!”
or glad… “Hey!”
An interjection starts a sentence right.

The game was tied at seven all, uhhuhhuh,
When Franklin found he had the ba-aaall.
He made a connection,
in the other direction,
And the crowd started shouting out interjections.

“Aw! You threw the wrong way!”
“Darn! You just lost the game!”
“Hurray! I’m for the other team!”
(Booing)

Interjections… “Aw!”
show excitement… “Darn!”
or emotion… “Hurray!”

They’re generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point,
or by a comma when the feeling’s not as strong.

So when you’re happy… “Hurray!”
or sad… “Aw”
or frightened… “Eeeeeek!”
or mad… “Rats!”
Or excited… “Wow!”
or glad… “Hey!”
An interjection starts a sentence right.

Interjections… “Hey!”
show excitement… “Hey!”
or emotion… “Hey!”

They’re generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point,
or by a comma when the feeling’s not as strong.

Interjections, show excitement, or emotion,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, “yeaaaaaa!”

“Darn! That’s the end!”

Schoolhouse Rock Tuesday: Unpack Your Adjectives

I liked this one too. The singer, Blossom Dearie, is the same person who sang the Figure Eight video that I posted a couple weeks ago. Blossom was a famous Jazz singer who’s discography ran from 1956 to 2004!

http://youtu.be/NkuuZEey_bs

Got home from camping last spring.
Saw people, places and things.
We barely had arrived,
Friends asked us to describe
The people, places and every last thing.
So we unpacked our adjectives.

I unpacked “frustrating” first.
Reached in and found the word “worst”.
Then I picked “soggy” and
Next I picked “foggy” and
Then I was ready to tell them my tale.
‘Cause I’d unpacked my adjectives.

Adjectives are words you use to really describe things,
Handy words to carry around.
Days are sunny or they’re rainy
Boys are dumb or else they’re brainy
Adjectives can show you which way.

Adjectives are often used to help us compare things,
To say how thin, how fat, how short, how tall.
Girls who are tall can get taller,
Boys who are small can get smaller,
Till one is the tallest
And the other’s the smallest of all.

We hiked along without care.
Then we ran into a bear.
He was a hairy bear,
He was a scary bear,
We beat a hasty retreat from his lair.
And described him with adjectives.

(Whoah! Boy, that was one big, ugly bear!)

(You can even make adjectives out of the other parts of speech, like
verbs or nouns. All you have to do is tack on an ending, like “ic”
or “ish” or “ary”. For example, this boy can grow up to be a huge
man, but still have a boyish face. “Boy” is a noun, but the ending
“ish” makes it an adjective. “Boyish”: that describes the huge
man’s face. Get it?)

Next time you go on a trip,
Remember this little tip:
The minute you get back,
They’ll ask you this and that,
You can describe people, places and things…
Simply unpack your adjectives.
You can do it with adjectives.
Tell them ’bout it with adjectives.
You can shout it with adjectives.

Shoolhouse Rock Tuesday: The Energy Blues

I know, I know, it is Wednesday! (lol) I ran out of time to get my post up, so we are going to pretend it is  Tuesday.

Might as well get this one out of the way. I hated this one too, but I can’t love everything about the 70s now can I. 🙂

http://youtu.be/wX2wrXwe8ZM

Energy . . .
Sometimes I think I’m running out of energy
Seems like we use an awful lot for
Heating and lighting and driving
Reading and writing and jiving
Energy . . .
You’d think we’d be saving it up

Energy . . .
You can get it by damming up a river
Energy . . .
A windmill can make the breeze deliver
But even with milling and damming
Our needs are so much more demanding
For energy . . .
We have to use some kind of fuel

Chop, chop, chop, the cavemen used wood to start their fires
Chop, chop, chop, they made all the tools that they required
Chop, chop, chop, inventions got more and more inspired
The fires got higher and higher
And clearings got wider and wider
Energy . . .
They were burning about all their wood up

Then one day men discovered that coal would do it better
Miners dug, and it looked like it might just last forever
It seemed like the final solution
It started the Industrial Revolution
Energy . . .
We could just keep on digging it up

Now in 1859 – way out in western Pennsylvania
A man had built a rig that got some laughs from folks who came there
But suddenly, a mighty roar came up from under the ground
And soon a gusher, gushing oil, soaked all who stood around
Now no-one knew, when that gusher blew
The petroleum years were on us
Or that so many cars and trucks would come to cause a crisis

Energy . . .
We’re looking to try and find some new kinds
Energy . . .
Exploring to try and make a new find
Nuclear and thermal and solar
If we miss we’ll get colder and colder
Energy . . .
We’ve got to stop using you up

So don’t be cross when momma says turn that extra light out
Just turn it off till we find us a fuel that never runs out
If everyone tries a bit harder
Our fuel will go farther and farther
Energy . . .
We’re going to be stretching you out