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Where Are Your Fontanelles, Philip Crowther?

by Greg Crowther


Context

On "Take Your Child to Work Day" in 2015, my UW-Bothell Biology 241 class was covering the skeleton, so I wrote this simple nursery rhyme-style song for us to sing to my then-8-year-old son.


Lyrics

Where are your fontanelles, Philip Crowther?
Where are your fontanelles, Philip?
Where are your fontanelles, Philip Crowther?
Where are your fontanelles, Philip?

Now all your fontanelles are filled up with bone!
Now all his fontanelles are filled up!
Intramembranous ossification
Closed up the fontanelles of Philip!


Other Files

MP3 (demo)

sheet music (with melody play-back)


Lesson Plan

Songs like this one can be used during class meetings and/or in homework assignments. Either way, the song will be most impactful if students DO something with it, as opposed to just listening.

An initial, simple follow-up activity could be to answer the study questions below. A more extensive interaction with the song might entail (A) learning to sing it, using the audio file and/or sheet music as a guide, or (B) designing kinesthetic movements ("dance moves") to embody it. The latter activity should begin with students identifying the most important or most challenging content of the song, and deciding how to illustrate that particular content.


Study Questions

(1) What are the advantages of having fontanelles?

(2) When in development do the fontanelles disappear?

(Answers may be found on the answers page.)