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Snakes Are Born This Way

School: Conservatory Lab Charter School

City/State: Boston, MA

Grade(s): 2

Format(s): Video, Performance: Music

Subject(s): Performing Arts

Project Overview

In 2012, a group of second graders in at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts redefined what it means to be academically courageous. After completing extensive research on snakes, the students wrote, performed, and produced the song “Snakes Are Born This Way” based on Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way.” As if this weren’t enough, the students created a music video and posted it on YouTube. Throughout this project, these students were able to overcome their fears and discover what it means to be academically courageous. Currently, “Snakes Are Born This Way” has over 50,000 views.


How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Captivating and joyful, this product is well crafted in conception and execution
  • From defining what a herpetologist is to tackling the fear and stereotyping snakes face in the world today, this is a beautiful example of students looking at a topic from multiple perspectives
  • Music, art, science, dance, writing, and technology all come together in a beautiful example of an interdisciplinary product

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