What’s Up Wednesdays: Funkin You Up!

As a Jr. High teacher, I have learned that it is of the utmost importance to keep things silly. In every circumstance. Really. My classroom thrives on silliness and play, which opens the door the learning. My coworker, Nathan Hulstine, and I discovered last year that making song parodies would be a great way to increase student engagement, while also throwing in some opportunities for real learning. We began with an extended snow break coming into the new year of 2014. Our Christmas Break was extended by almost 4 days as the snow just would not stop coming down. So, instead of making a traditional announcement about coming back to school, we chose to make a creative video chronicling how with all of these snow days, we would be in school until June. take a look!

From there, we moved on to a few other ideas, especially dealing with the then-upcoming MAP test. This year, Bruno Mars’ hit “Uptown Funk” has inspired us to do the same. First, though, here is the song. Warning: This jam WILL make you chair dance. Just get ready! Oh, and pardon the foul language. I simply look over it. 

And the lyrics:

This hit, that ice cold
Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold
This one for them hood girls
Them good girls straight masterpieces
Stylin’, whilen, livin’ it up in the city
Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent
Got kiss myself, I’m so pretty

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Called a police and a fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire man
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Am I bad ’bout that money, break it down

Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)

Don’t believe me just watch uh

Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh

Stop, wait a minute
Fill my cup, put some liquor in it
Take a sip, sign a check
Julio, get the stretch
Ride to Harlem, Hollywood
Jackson, Mississippi
If we show up, we gon’ show out
Smoother than a fresh dry skippy

I’m too hot (hot damn)
Called a police and a fireman
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Make a dragon wanna retire man
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Bitch say my name you know who I am
I’m too hot (hot damn)
Am I bad ’bout that money
Break it down

Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)

Don’t believe me just watch uh

Don’t believe me just watch uh
Don’t believe me just watch uh
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh

Before we leave
Lemmi tell y’all a lil’ something
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up uh
I said uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up

Come on, dance, jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
If you freaky then own it
Don’t brag about it, come show me

Come on, dance
Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
Well it’s Saturday night and we in the spot
Don’t believe me just watch come on!

Don’t believe me just watch uh

Don’t believe me just watch uh
Don’t believe me just watch uh
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh

Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up
Uptown funk you up (say what?)
Uptown funk you up

Still there? Well, THIS is our version, lyrically anyway.

This is that big goal,

These kids learn, yeah, you know!

This one for them good teachers

Them Cardinals be straight masterpeices

Stylin, wylin, living it up in Webb City

Acin Comm Arts from the very start

Gotta kiss the score it’s so pretty

 

We’re too hot (too hot)

Call Bob Foos, the paper man

We’re too hot (too hot)

Scoring high, just cause we can

We’re too hot (too hot)

Say our name, you know who we are

We’re too hot (too hot)

Are we bad, we’re bout succeedin

Break it down

 

Teachers hit your hallelujah (whoo)

Students hit your hallelujah (whoo)

Come on, hit your hallelujah (whoo)

‘Cause Dub City scores gon’ give it to ya

‘Cause Dub City scores gon’ give it to ya

‘Cause Dub City scores gon’ give it to ya

Map time and we’re ready to go,

Don’t believe us, just watch (come on)

 

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Hey, hey, hey, oh

 

Stop,

Wait a minute,

Get my pencil and I’m sharpenin it.

Read the test, double check

Ready for what’s coming next

Geometry to Science things, we’re pros at this, we so cool.

When we show up, we show out

Cause that’s just how we do (whoo)

 

We’re too hot (too hot)

Call Bob Foos the paper man

We’re too hot (too hot)

Doin it big, just cause we can

We’re too hot (too hot)

Say our name, you know who we are

We’re too hot (too hot)

Are we bad, we’re bout succeedin

Break it down

 

Comm Arts is comin to ya (whoo)

Mathematics coming to ya (whoo)

Science is coming to ya (whoo)

‘Cause Dub City scores gon’ give it to ya

‘Cause Dub City scores gon’ give it to ya

‘Cause Dub City scores gon’ give it to ya

Map time and we’re ready to go,

Don’t believe us, just watch (come on)

 

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Hey, hey, hey, oh

 

Before we leave

Imma tell all a y’all a lil something

Our score going up and up

Our scores going up and up

Our scores going up and up

Our scores going up and up

I said scores going up and up

Our scores going up and up

Our score going up and up

Come on

 

Dance

Jump on it

If you’re a Cardinal, then flaunt it

If you’re Mappin hard, then own it

Don’t brag about, let’s show em

Come on

Dance

Jump on it

If you’re a Cardinal, then flaunt it

If you’re Mappin hard, then own it

Don’t brag about, let’s show em

Come on

 

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Don’t believe us, just watch

Hey, hey, hey, oh

Later!

-Justin

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