Since the beginning of school, I have been writing songs to teach different concepts. I have created songs for:
Tax, Discount and other Percent Apps
Fraction, Decimal and Percent equivalencies
Last week, I told my classes that they were now responsible for creating an original song that teaches Scientific Notation. Since I have my classes in houses, each house had to create a song.
The songs were due today, and I was pretty impressed! I always have my kids do a sing a long with a partner, but this is the first year I have given them songs I have created! I think by allowing them to see how my songs teach a concept, they were able to create a pretty good song. I wish I could say that all of them were great, but some were not! I hope they use this as a learning tool and are able to create better songs as the year progresses. I really believe that the sing along projects with a partner will be MUCH better this year!
One girl told me that she is not as nervous any more when she gets up in front the class. I really think this is helping develop good public speaking skills, as well. The first step in public speaking is to not be nervous in front of a group.
I told the kids that I would select the best song to add to our song portfolio. I have two songs from my first class, one from my second and one from my last class that are in the running. I think I am going to record them singing the songs. I only want their voices (for now). The performance factor will come in later! I am thinking about posting them on my class facebook page for people to vote on the best song. I only use the facebook page to post questions that the kids have created. I believe this would be a good thing to add, as well. I can see them working hard to get their song chosen.
It has been a busy year, so far! I am really ready for Thanksgiving break!