Break it Down! by Bierko Productions

Members Beth and Scott Bierko added to the fun of the conference’s Round Robin with their song Break it Down. As this time of year usually involves a lot of eating, it seemed the perfect time to learn more about our digestive systems!

Beth and Scott Bierko performed at the CMN conference with the help of a few other members!
Beth and Scott Bierko performed at the CMN conference with the help of a few other members!

Scott and I co-wrote this with a group of 4th graders at the Hillcrest Elementary School in Peekskill, Ny with the guidance of their amazing science and Math teacher Carlos Urreta. They were a special ed class with a very firm grasp of this curriculum material and the song almost wrote itself! WE thought it would be a rap song, but when experimenting with musical styles, we all fell in love with this blues version and it’s slow enough to actually learn!

Break it Down

Lyrics by Mr. Urreta’s Class at Hillcrest School in Peekskill, NY and Beth & Scott Bierko, Music by Scott Bierko

The food goes in and we start to chew

Now we’re gonna tell you what saliva can do

Saliva is the water that’s made in your mouth

It breaks down the food so it can travel south

Break it down, break it down

That’s the digestive system

The process peristalsis sends the food down through

A tube called the esophagus inside of you

The food enters the stomach where the acid is

To make it very tiny that’s the acid’s biz

Break it down, break it down

That’s the digestive system

The small intestine has an awesome mission

It gives all the blood its needed nutrition

It’s a twenty foot tube so it takes a long time

To deliver all the goodies up and down the line

The large intestine compacts the waste

And sends it on down to its proper place

When the body is ready it sends it away

And the whole process starts on another day

Break it down, break it down

That’s the digestive system

Break it down, break it down

That’s the digestive system

Break it down, break it down

That’s the digestive system

©2014 Bierko Productions