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The Coolest Alphabet Song Ever

A couple of weeks ago, well, all started… wait from the top. I’m a Jimmy Fallon fan. I follow the Tonight Show channel on YouTube.

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Almost at Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe was a guest on the show and he sang a new song for me and it’s totally awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKdV5FvXLuI (original from the Tonight Show Channel)

Two weeks ago, I used with my students and I told them to write a word for each letter of the alphabet, then I raised the intensity to write 3 words of each letter. Now I am thinking for making each student sing the part of one letter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKw2C4yQjpo

I found this one with the lyrics. I used this at class in Computer lab.

 

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Going Musical

Music in the classroom is not a weird idea, right? We sing songs from the textbooks or brings new top 10 songs for recitals, or threw 5 minutes parties as rewards for good work or behavior.

However, using music all class, it sounds difficult and impossible. I took a class where the teacher used her boombox like 50% of the class. It is really possible.

Read: Music to Manage your Classroom by Brent Vasicek at Schoolastic.com, it’s really interesting. Even, there is an example playlist of the music used in the classroom at Mr. Vasicek’s Classroom Music Playlist.

The benefits of classical music are uncountable for teaching as it is mentioned in the article Classical Music And Classroom Management by Michael Linsin.

For kids, there are a lot of options of classical or instrumental music websites. Classical for kids is worth reading.

As for me, movie soundtracks are the best choice because students will totally recall the movie and it’s more contemporary.

 

And the best guy for the job is Mister John Williams, the composer of super transcendental movies as Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, ET, Indiana Jones, etc.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, 3rd cycle, 4th cycle

 

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More bullying songs: all about guns

Previously, I posted about Songs about Bullying.

This week, I was in the supermarket and I listened one song in particular. Then on the way back home, I got a blast from the past and remember another song.

Both songs talk about bullying and using guns.

Which songs?

The newest one is Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. The song is super catchy. Last year, I hummed a lot until I paid attention to the lyrics. There has been a lot of controversy about this song.

YouTube official video here and video with bilingual lyrics

 

The other one is Jeremy by Pearl Jam. This song is from the 90’s and caused more controversy because it was based in a true event.

YouTube official video here and video with bilingual lyrics

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in 3rd cycle, 6th grade

 

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Thriller

Probably the most known song by Mister Michael Jackson. (My mom has the vinyl album somewhere)

Back in 1982, this album “Thriller” was released in November and has sold more of 65 million of copies worldwide (#1Best selling Album from all times) and winner of multiple grammys and awards.

From the album, the single “Thriller” was released in January, 1984 with the most famous music video ever. From 5 minutes of song, the music video lasts 14 minutes. Ok, it’s not a video, it’s a short film.

The video and song have influenced the media and culture for almost 30 years. I am not a MJ fan, but the song is awesome.

As a tribute to the song, a lot of videos for public quick performances known Flashmobs are all around Youtube. This is one I like.From the picture, the girls are around our 5th and 6th graders or maybe they are already on Secondary.

On Jennifer Garner’s movie “13 GOING ON 30“, another tribute is made. In the movie, everybody danced this song because they grew up with it sooooo… they knew the choreography.

My favorite show right now: Glee also made a tribute on their 2nd season. They performed a mash-up of Thriller and Heads will roll (the video is also a tribute to Thriller) by Yeah yeah yeahs. They dressed up as zombies and danced during half time of a very important football game. Youtube video here.

Dance Thriller

So what I am saying… presenting “Thriller” at school could be AWESOME. I have no dancing skills but there are plenty of dance tutorials like this. Also this one

 

If you have xbox, buy or rent the Michael Jackson the Experience  video game and learn the dance.This girl recorded herself dancing with kinect. This person video looks cool too.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in 3rd cycle, 4th cycle

 

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Bullying songs

For 6th graders, right now this Unit 3 is talking about a school-related topic and how to solve it.

I have the oportunity to check out new publisher books for the Pnieb program (I don’t have in my school, sniff sniff) and I realized that at least 3 publisher aproached this project by bullying.

Since I didn’t want to get involved in copyright issues, I had to get creative soooo I found this page full of anti-bullying songs. I choose

  1. Mean” by Taylor Swift
  2. Welcome to my Life” by Simple plan
  3. F* perfect” by Pink 
  4. Sing” by Chemical Romance (Glee Version – it’s just sounds better) 
  5. Don’t laugh at me” by Baby Jay

Result of this songs with my students: well, they liked the songs but I only used 3, it was maybe a bit too much in one class, next time one per class.

Also there is great information at Stop Bullying

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in 6th grade

 

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Songs for Unit 1

It’s a big issue thinking about the perfect song for students that they like and it’s helpful for our goals.

I am never saying that “It’s my way or the highway” (Rolling – Limp Bizkit). This is just songs that I tried and it kind of worked.

  • All I want is you by Barry Louis Polisar. Famous for the Beginning Credits of the movie JUNO. It worked because it’s full of rhymes, stanzas, verses and it’s kind of funny. However, it feels too long, eventhough it’s quite short.
  • I’m a beliver by Smash Mouth. Famous for ending credits of SHREK. It worked for enjoyment and see the opposite of a clear structure lyric. Just to have fun. Kids know it obviously. Everybody have seen Shrek.
  • Since Halloween was near, the very famous opening credits song of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS  “This is Halloween“. This was totally for fun and to talk about Halloween stuff.
  • Another Pumpkin related song is Pumpkin, Pumpkin song. My students really like it and it was useful to review harvest and Halloween vocabulary. Thank you to DLTK pages

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in 2nd cycle

 

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