Use Rap to Educate Kids

Posted on 30 October 2014

Educational rap songs for kids are something that many people do not think about. Consider a song that you know… is it catchy? Do you know all the lyrics to it, without having to hear it? This is the same concept that goes into the educational rap songs that are made. They want the children to learn the material through listening, learning the rap songs and then being able to repeat the lyrics to themselves when the time comes to use the material. This has shown to be an ideal study guide for some children that are having a hard time cramming all of the material into their heads at once through reading, writing or even by using flash cards.

Here are some of the most well known educational rap songs out there.

  1. Manifest Destiny - This song provides you with some history, social studies and even geography all wrapped into one song. Here are some of the lyrics from the song, “by 1840, we cleared the east, of native peoples may they rest in peace, with guns and steel the whites had their way now they set their sights on Californ-i-a. See Mexico, as we know it today is only a piece of where it used to lay, back in the day it included L.A. but expansionists had something to say.”

  2. 44 Presidents - Many people do not know their presidents. There are so many of them that you have to learn and memorize. This is why this rap can come in handy when you want to make sure to learn each and every one of them and how they fit in. The lyrics to this song go, “Next up we've got some interesting folks. Named Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk. The next four presi-dents that we'll examine. Are Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan.”

  3. Learn the 50 US States - There are so many states, so a lot of people are not able to learn all of them and their capitals, this song can teach you both. The lyrics for this song are catchy, “In Califor-nia, we've got Sacramento. Then we go to Denver out in in Colorado. Hartford, Connecticut; Dover, Deleware; Listing all the state capitals everywhere because..”

  4. 95 Theses - What better way to learn then finding out about a rap that is able to teach you, while also making it catchy so you can keep it in mind for a later date? The lyrics to this rap go like this, “Listen up, all my people, its a story for the telling bout the sin and injustice and corruption I been smelling: I met that homie Tetzel, then I started rebelling. Once I seen the fat Indulgences that he been selling. Now the Cathlics of the world straight up disgracin me, just because I waved my finger at the papacy.”

  5. Teach Me How to Factor - This song is sang to the tune - “Teach Me How to Dougie” which is quite popular with a lot of youth - which also makes it fun. You’re able to learn more about factoring numbers and making appropriate changes in math. The lyrics for this catchy tune are, “They be like Schultz. Can u teach me how to factor? ...Ya know why? Cause all da students after (an A!) All I need is a real good quadratic. And for you, you, you to back me up and check it! Get your terms lined up...make 'em high to low. Look for a GCF, that's something everyone should know.”

When it comes to learning a different way, try out educational rap songs. Not only are they fun to learn, but they are easy to learn from, as well as being catchy. So if you, or someone you know is stuck on a topic - just look up an educational song that can teach you more about it and don’t worry about the test because you will be singing it then, too! Did you like this idea? You can check out this site for more songs.

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