Animals Rock!


Animals Rock! is a disc and activity book that teaches the characteristics of the different types of animals. It is designed to give kids an enduring foundation for their future studies of biology.

Listen to song samples here, and view lyrics below.

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Animals Rock! is another CD from Thom’s years as a fourth-grade teacher, and just like Physics Rocks!, it makes the essentials of science impossible to forget. Click on the titles below to view the lyrics for each song.



I have a backbone and I have hair
I’m warm-blooded and I breathe air
I wasn’t hatched, I was born alive
and as a baby, I drank milk to survive
I’m similar to dolphins and kangaroos
I am a mammal and so are you

We’re the only animals that like to play
Our blood temperature’s internally maintained
I am a mammal with a four chambered heart
and I like to think that mammals are pretty smart
We mammals have two pairs of limbs
that help us climb, jump, run, and swim
young mammals live on mother’s milk, I’ve learned
“mammal” and “mother” even come from the same word


Reptiles have dry skin, breathe air, and live on land

They’re a link between birds and amphibians

snakes, turtles and lizards, alligators and crocodiles

these are the different kinds of reptiles
They all have lungs to help them breathe air

they have scales or plates, but no feathers or hair

they can be pets or they can live in the wild

they can be born alive or hatched from eggs

they’re reptiles
They’re cold-blooded animals, so their body temperature

changes because it’s controlled by the outside weather

the word “reptile” comes from a word that means “to crawl”

but they slither and crawl with style

they’re reptiles


Let me tell you about the birds, you’ll be

so smart you could teach your friends some ornithology

all birds have feathers, all birds have wings

all species of birds have their own song they sing

they don’t have hair, fins, scales or fur

they’re warm-blooded, feather covered birds

they’re warm-blooded, feather covered birds

Birds lay eggs that must incubate

to hatch the eggs, the mothers sit on them and wait

some birds can fly, some birds can swim, I’ve learned

but they’re all warm-blooded, feather covered birds

Birds’ feathers help them keep warm and fly

their feathers are partly hollow inside

birds molt their feathers every year they’re on earth

these warm blooded, feather covered birds


Salamanders, newts, frogs, and toads

They’re called amphibians in case you didn’t know

They’re vertebrates and may or may not have tails

They’re cold-blooded and they don’t have scales

They live in water and they live on land

herpetologists love – Amphibians

They’re born in water and hatch from eggs

They’re born with gills to help them breathe

as they grow older they develop lungs

to help them breathe on land

they’re amphibians

They’re “creatures of two lives” these amphibians

They’re born in water but they grow to live on land

in evolutionary theory, it’s believed by some

they’re a link between fish and reptiles

they’re amphibians


Fish are cold-blooded animals

they are vertebrates, meaning they have backbones

most have fins and scales and most of them lay eggs

fish use permanent gills to breathe

sometimes they make a tasty dish – they’re fish (fish)
Fish use fins to balance, move, and steer

on most fish they’re on the top, bottom sides, and rear

fish control their movements going up and down

using an air bladder, ichthyologists have found (fish)
Fish were the world’s first vertebrates

they live in oceans, seas, rivers, ponds, and lakes

fish have a nervous system and ears inside

they’re dark on the top, light on the bottom

to help them hide (fish)


What has three body parts and six legs

what grows up from little bitty eggs

What has antennae and two-pair of eyes

what do we call these little bitty guys

They’re I-N-S-E-C-T-S – Insects
The head is where antennae are found

along with eyes, simple and compound

the legs and wings are found on the thorax

and they breathe through spiracles in their abdomens
They grow to be adults through the process

of complete or incomplete metamorphosis

and you can make a living studying them

if you decide to become an entomologist


Creepy little spiders are

arachnids with two body parts

Creepy little spiders have

eight legs and an exoskeleton

For their size they’re pretty tough fighters

they are what we call creepy little spiders
Spiders are poisonous carnivores

they can live outside or indoors

They inject venom to kill their prey

when they bite with those claw-like fangs
The most dangerous spiders that we know

are the brown recluse and black widow

Most spiders aren’t this dangerous

but every single one is venomous


Arthropods have exoskeletons

they have segmented body parts and jointed legs, every one

insects and arachnids are just two types

there are crustaceans, myriapods, and trilobites

They can live in water, on land, in cold, or hot

most of the world’s animals are arthropods
six legs are common to all insects

but eight-legged spiders and ticks are arachnids

centipedes and millipedes are myriapods

crustaceans live in water and trilobites are all gone


Written by Thom Miller, production and instrumental performances by Todd Hawkins, with vocals by Todd’s friend and college roommate, John Wilson.


CD and Teachers’ Guide/Activity Book included.




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