Songs for the Classroom
Looking for ways to incorporate music in the classroom? This post is full of great ideas for songs, playlists, and ways to integrate music into your daily teaching routines. Whether to help with classroom management and transitions, or just for fun, this has you covered!
Idioms Song (Idioms by Melissa)... This song is written from the perspective of a confused boy whose family uses idioms to communicate with him. Students enjoy the story format, and it keeps them engaged in the learning process. The song gives examples of idioms and focuses on what idioms are and how they are used. I recommend noting instances when idioms come up in everyday classroom conversation or in literary text to reinforce the understanding of idioms in a real life context.
Possessives Song, Possessive Nouns, Apostrophe Usage by Melissa... This song explains using apostrophes to show possession in a very simplified way. The song provides examples of regular single and plural nouns that follow the general rule. Although many irregular single and plural nouns exist, this song can be used as a valuable tool to clearly illustrate how apostrophes are generally used to show possession in the English language.
Conjunctions Song (Junc-Func by Melissa)...This song identifies the purpose for using conjunctions to add variety to sentence structures in a simplified way. It provides examples of sentences using "and" to join phrases and clauses, "but" to show differences, "or" to give choices, and "if" to add conditions. Although other conjunctions are mentioned within the text of the song, the emphasis is more heavily tied to the use of coordinating conjunctions.
Alliteration Song, Alliteration for Kids Song, Alliteration for Children... This song explains the poetic element of alliteration and provides many fun and silly examples. The simple and lively tune provides an easy and memorable framework for students to remember and understand alliteration months after the subject matter is taught.
Context Clues Song (Context Clues by Melissa)....This is one of my favorite songs I've written as a teacher! Teachers constantly ask students to use context clues, but this song clearly states the types of context clues used commonly within text (synonyms, antonyms, definitions, and examples). The song has an encouraging chorus prompting students to persevere when struggling with unfamiliar words when reading text. The teacher (or course) is the hero as the student finds success!
Main Idea Song by Melissa... This song can be use to show how to find text evidence of supporting details to identify the main idea in simple text. The examples carry over to cultivate the understanding of young minds in such a way that they can transfer the information learned in this video to actual literary text or verbal classroom conversation. I've used this video as both a supplement to a basal text and as a stand-alone version.