Adventures in Literacy Land: music

Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Sing Them A Story

Greetings!

This month is our two-year birthday here at Adventures in Literacy Land, and the plan is to have a good time sharing what we do best in our little classroom corners of the kingdom!

It has truly been a pleasure and a privilege for me to contribute to this collaborative blog for a year now!  I am always thoroughly inspired and educated by my fellow ALL friends each and every time I read their posts!  I can only hope that you come away from what I have to say with at least one or two ideas that you can use in your classroom tomorrow!


Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!




Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!




In my twenty-five years as an advocate for blending music, movement, and literature across the curriculum, I have had many teachers tell me....

"Oh I can't carry a tune!  I can't include songs or chants in my teaching if I can't sing!"  

I just smile and say...

"The kids don't care if you sound like a sick frog. They will just start singing with you no matter how you sound!"

They then try to counter with.....

"But it's easy for you.....you play the guitar!"

I smile even more widely and say......

"But PIGGYBACK SONGS don't require instruments!"

Piggyback songs just require familiarity with the tunes of old and traditional folk songs, nursery rhymes, and circle games from your childhood.  Everybody knows the tune to Farmer In The Dell, London Bridges, Did You Ever See A Lassie, and A-Tisket, A-Tasket, right?

Now just grab some chart paper, a marker, and model how to change the words to fit your lesson topic or unit theme!  For example, today during our morning meeting, my "Sally Squirrel" puppet helped my second graders recall and sort the migrators, hibernators, and adaptors we'd met while reading  
Jan Brett's Annie and the Wild Animals.  


Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!








Their anchor chart then inspired me to write two piggyback songs to help the group review and remember our important science concepts, which then inspired me to write a few more winter-themed songs for YOU to use with your primary grade students!  



Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!




Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!




Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!




Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!




You'll find the link to this FREE Sing Me A Story pack {HERE}.  It includes colorful cover sheets that can be used to create dividers for a class notebook, and a blackline cover sheet that you can use if you decide to staple all of the songs into student sets.   I've even included a list of some of my favorite picture books that are a perfect match for each song!



Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!




If you like using songs and rhyme to improve fluency, expression, and rhythm skills in your young readers, you might enjoy this post, Five Days & Five Ways To Use Poetry With Primary Grade Students over on my blog!   Click {HERE} to read all about it and see these two new resources I created!



Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!



As always, thanks so much for allowing me to share my stories and songs with you.  May the words of John Denver give you courage to share their magic with your little learners!



Songs that tell stories and piggyback off of familiar folk tunes are perfect ways to help primary grade students develop reading fluency!










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Using Music to Teach Reading Skills

Hi everyone! It's Bex here from Reading and Writing Redhead. You probably know by now but I love finding creative ways to teach reading and I love bringing other types of learning into the classroom beyond the basics that I have to teach. Today I have some ideas to share with you about using music to teach reading skills.



Ask yourself, how many children know the alphabet at a young age- age two  for example? Probably most of them know it because someone thought to set the alphabet to the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". The tune, the rhythm, even the rhyme, helps ingrain the letters in kids' brains.

Music can be used to help students learn the alphabet,  the sounds of letters, develop phonemic awareness, build phonics skills and vocabulary and more! There are many songs to teach grammar skills and folks have used nursery rhymes as songs to teach basic spelling patterns and print conventions. Fountas and Pinnell once wrote that our students should "sing songs of such delight that the lyrics remain in the memory forever". What songs do you still remember from school (Hello Conjunction Junction!)?

Besides listening to songs, singing songs, and watching music videos, some teachers have their students rewrite familiar songs as a lesson to learn sounds or rhymes.

I found a great website that is an amazing resource of songs for teachers. It's called Songs for Teaching: Using Music to Reinforce Learning. It is a treasure trove of songs and song lyrics (click on any title to hop over and see the song).  There are songs that teach the alphabet letters such as Fran Avni's Dinosaurs to Dinner.  There are songs specifically for vowels and consonants such as  Get Your Own Goat by Avni and Vowel Sound Hound Dogs 1.  A song I plan to use this week is one for R controlled vowels called Rock and Roll Star by Fun Phonics Songs.

With all the technology out there, maybe you are able to show videos to your class. Here are just a very few on what seems like millions of videos, new and old, that use music to teach reading skills.

ALPHABET:
Want a new twist on the alphabet? Try Usher's Alphabet Song! (by the way, does Elmo's voice scare anyone else's dog?)




PHONICS:
Phonics Songs with 2 Words




Electric Company-  Silent e - I bet you remember this:  "Who can turn a can into a can, who can turn a pan into a pane?"





PARTS OF SPEECH:
Schoolhouse Rock - Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here 




Schoolhouse Rock - A Noun is a Person Place or Thing




Schoolhouse Rock Conjunction Junction- the sentimental favorite!



GRAMMAR:
Electric Company's  N Apostrophe T: I personally played this several times this year and my students love it! Who needs fancy technology to enjoy music and a video (and learn while we're at it)?



RHYMES:
Beans and Franks TV - Rhymes




MOTIVATION:
Ocoee Middle School's Gotta Keep Reading: A fun, creative take on Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling which is really fun, catchy, and inspires kids to read (great to motivate them for the summer break) !




Finally here are a few music teachers' blogs. They are worth a look, even if you're not a music teacher. Teacher blogs are always full of treasures!

Amy Abbott's Music a la Abbot 
Tanya's Kodaly Inspired Blog 
Lindsay Jervis's Pursuit of Joyfulness
A collaborative music teacher blog: Kodaly Corner 
Mrs. Miracle's Music Room 
Allison's Music Blog

I hope  you have a few new ideas for how to incorporate music in your reading lessons. How do you use music in your teaching? Please comment below and let us know!





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