Drip Drop! is a music video intended to engage young people in a conversation about climate and water. The kid-friendly video has a catchy tune and a modern approach, providing educators with opportunities to begin a dialogue about important issues about climate change specifically related to water resources. While the music video is intended for engagement, some of the lyrics may contain generalizations or ideas that might not apply in all circumstances. This provides the opportunity for a dialogue with learners of all ages. See the music video.
The purpose of this lesson is to guide educators in using the music video with children and to provide some guidance around the issues it raises. This lesson is designed to align with media literacy standards that support science content standards addressed in the science class. Following this awareness session, educators are encouraged to use resources in the Climate and Water Teaching Box for science activities that provide deeper learning opportunities.
This lesson was developed by John Ristvey, Director, UCAR Center for Science Education
Education Standards Addressed
Understands the characteristics and components of the media
Understands the different purposes of various media (e.g., to provide entertainment or information, to persuade, to transmit culture, to focus attention on an issue)
Next Generation Science Standards
ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land. (MS-ESS2-4)
The complex patterns of the changes and the movement of water in the atmosphere, determined by winds, landforms, and ocean temperatures and currents, are major determinants of local weather patterns. (MS- ESS2-5)
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns. (MS-ESS2-6)
ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities. (MS-ESS3-5)