So why not take those two things and combine them with LEARNING!
I still remember the “50 Nifty United States” song that I learned in 3rd grade! I am 26 years old and can recite the entire song, with all states in alphabetical order, to this day! And let me tell you, social studies was NEVER my strongest subject because it has never really interested me. So why do I still remember that? Simple, it was a song and it was fun to learn!
I love to use music during brain breaks or while the students are working. I especially love Dr. Jean and her songs for the primary students! They are very fun and upbeat and educational!
Little did we know that the ELC students were in the hallway listening to us the whole time.. so of course we had to do a performance for them! Why did we do that you ask? Why would we take 3 hours to re-write lyrics to a song? Well, that’s a very easy question to answer. We knew our students were struggling with short versus long vowels sounds and while our phonics program is wonderful, we wanted to provide them one more strategy for remembering the difference. 90% of our students had heard “Gangnam Style” on the radio. They knew the beat and the tune and they semi knew the lyrics. I mean who REALLY knows the lyrics to the original “Gangnam Style”?!?
Use music in your teaching as much as possible!