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Music Is Key

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Idea by Karla, 3rd Grade Teacher, White Bear Lake, MN

I like to tap into different areas of the brain and appeal to individual strengths through music. I use the book, Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2001). I find that music helps promote language skills, fluency, rhyme, class bonding, and peps everyone up —or calms them down—as needed. I locate selections on iTunes, then play them aloud as we sing along. By displaying lyrics on my electronic whiteboard, I can refer to them for many grammar lessons. As an added bonus, this musical approach helps my ELL students learn about some popular traditions as well as everyday language.

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I too use music in teaching / learning. I play instrumental, classical music during readers' and writers' workshop. It helps facilitate a quiet environment in which students can concentrate on their work / ideas. We play and sing songs that help us learn phonics and grammar concepts as well.

Amanda Lawson
Amanda Lawson

i love the idea of using music so motivating. I am going to have to check out "Singing the Standards".


I teach 3rd grade in southern California, I use music as much as I can too. I keep my guitar in the classroom & always start off the year with Raffi's Willoughby Wallaby Woo, the kids love the song and it helps me to put the names with the faces the first week of school. I also use music to reinforce other concepts - math, grammar etc -- there's a great CD called Singing the Standards that has quite a few songs for kids.