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‘Where we going to go’ by David Todd

I discovered this song last week while I was looking for music related to climate change. I think it could promote a lot of discussion in class.

Here is a link with the lyrics to the song. I have also reproduced them at the bottom of the post.

What would you do with this song in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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WHERE WE GOING TO GO
music and words David Todd copyright D.E.Todd 2009

verse
They came in the night and they came in the day

They came until they took it all away

And all they left was a barren ground

Where no life can be found

They didn’t give a reason and they didn’t say why
Millions of trees had to die
In the name of progress is all they’d say

Step aside and get out of our way

chorus
What I want to know is where we gonna go

When the rain don’t make our garden grow

And the soil’s too dry for the seeds to sow

How long till we learn

You play with fire and be sure to burn

A one way ticket with no return

Cause where we gonna go

Well I don’t know

verse
They tell us technology is a wonderful thing
Not to mention the destruction it brings
One step forward and two steps back
Go from the light and into the black
They feed us with lies and treat us like fools
But don’t stop to realise its a game we all lose
On a road to self destruction with every step we take
Like a ship sinking fast and no escape

chorus
What I want to know is where we going to go
When the suns threat to all below
And our pollution stops our rivers flow
Its time you and me take responsibility
Its a fragile world in dire need
Cause where we gonna go
Well I don’t know

bridge
Spending money to find life on Mars

It doesn’t make any sense to me

Like trying to live at the bottom of the ocean

Some things are not meant to be.

chorus
What I want to know
Is where we going to go
When the ocean rise and the strong winds blow
And the temperature melts the ice and snow
Not time to wait
It wont be long and it will be too late
In this together and we are all at stake
Cause where we gonna go
Well I don’t know

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The Beatles

Everybody has heard of The Beatles, and I’m sure many of us have used one of their songs in our classrooms at some point.

The Beatles

Image from Wikipedia

What would you do with this image or any Beatles song or story in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Birthdays

This week is one which sees two important birthdays being celebrated.

Many of you will have seen the Google doodle yesterday, created to mark the company’s 13th birthday:

Google's 13th birthdayThe other birthday (clearly much more significant!) is the first anniversary of #eltchat, weekly Twitter chats taking place at 12pm and 9pm GMT/BST. They are where I have found much of the inspiration for this blog, as well as a lot of friendly and motivating people.

Eltchat's 1st birthday

How would you use these images in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

What would you do with this verse in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All of the formatting is copied from the original text.

The Wikipedia page about the rhyme is here.

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Humpty DumptyThis image of Humpty Dumpty was taken from the geograph project (another prompt on this blog), via Wikimedia Commons.

PS I was inspired to add this as a prompt because I was reading Jasper Fforde‘s very funny The Big Over Easy.

A ticket

What would you do with this ticket in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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