Saturday, June 22, 2013
Student Motivation - Tunes Tuesday
Hi all! I'm linking up with Head Over Heels for Teaching's Spark Student Motivation linky. This idea actually comes from the Penn State intern I had in my class all year this past year!
We have a lot of basic grammar skills that my kiddos still struggle with, and while I usually like to address grammar through my writing conferences, we decided to take one mini-lesson a week and devote it to these types of skills. The result was "Tunes Tuesday." On Tuesdays we pick a grammar skill and find a song that has examples of that skill throughout the lyrics. We take song suggestions from the kids. We print out the lyrics and have the kids find and highlight the examples while we project the music video of the song. The kids LOVE Tunes Tuesday and look forward to it every single week. Kids love music and they love highlighting things!
I've found it a simple, but effective way to turn a boring activity (like practicing grammar skills) into something the kids look forward to. And it takes very little time too. Most of the videos are only a few minutes long, and the instructional part of the mini-lesson is usually pretty brief.
The ONE piece of advice I would give is to preview the videos and read through the lyric carefully. They make a lot of popular songs have "Kids' Bop" type clean versions too though!
Click the picture below for a link to a free, simple set of lyrics for "Eye of the Tiger." A kid actually requested that song, and they all thought the video was hilarious. We used this song to have the kids practice picking out pronouns!
Be sure to check out all the other great ideas in the linky!