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  • Baby Jazz
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    • September 09, 2010, 07:17:42 am
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Teaching Songs to Elementary Grade 6
« on: December 17, 2010, 08:30:54 am »
Hi to all the creative people out there...
...please help....

....I was thinking about teaching my Grader 6's (for Lesson 16) the song Congratulations by Cliff Richards....and i was wondering of any fun ways to teach this...?? My Grade 6's are terrible....they hate English and dont see the point of learning it....so it really needs to be a fun way....

....also, if anyone has any other better song choices (which im sure there are plenty) ...then that would help too :-)

Many thanks :-)


  • wondershot
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    • December 03, 2010, 08:09:55 am
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Re: Teaching Songs to Elementary Grade 6
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2010, 12:11:02 pm »
They love this song, I know that.


Re: Teaching Songs to Elementary Grade 6
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2010, 12:29:43 pm »
I taught them "Graduation" by Vitamin C, but only the chorus. They enjoyed it, even though usually they are pretty bad. I was gonna try the one by Cliff Richards, but frankly, I think my class would have fallen asleep from it. They don't get into singing much, especially any song that seems "older".


  • MikeW
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    • September 28, 2010, 09:21:31 am
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Re: Teaching Songs to Elementary Grade 6
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2010, 12:45:34 pm »
I'm going to try to teach a couple Flaming Lips songs ("She Don't Use Jelly," and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots") for a camp. I'm not sure if it'll be successful, but I'm going to play the music videos, play the songs with lyrics, hand out lyrics sheets, review the lyrics in a PowerPoint, and then we're going to jam. Hopefully some of the students will bring in instruments of their own. Otherwise it will just be me, poorly strumming on my ukulele and singing alone.


  • wondershot
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    • December 03, 2010, 08:09:55 am
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Re: Teaching Songs to Elementary Grade 6
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2010, 12:58:44 pm »
An awesome idea for any song is to play The Last One Standing http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2010/11/27/the-1-song-activity/

Basically, take the most common words of your chosen song and splatter them onto your chalkboard or TV screen (wordle http://www.wordle.net/ is an awesome way to do this from the computer).

Tell your students to pick 3.

When the students hear their word, they must stand up or sit down.

The ones who are standing at the end of the song are WINNERS.

Repetitive songs work best.


  • Paul
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    • September 21, 2010, 10:28:58 pm
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Re: Teaching Songs to Elementary Grade 6
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2010, 01:48:38 pm »
I taught them "Graduation" by Vitamin C, but only the chorus. They enjoyed it, even though usually they are pretty bad. I was gonna try the one by Cliff Richards, but frankly, I think my class would have fallen asleep from it. They don't get into singing much, especially any song that seems "older".

It's funny you mention this hey. My kids loved Cliff Richard's "Congratulations" as a song, but some were visibly a bit weirded out by how old it was based on the videoclip. When we told them that the song was well known amongst young people in the West (true) they seemed OK with it. Chalk it up to self-consciousness. Of course, if they knew the types of pop music that they lap up are deemed horribly lame in the West, they would be mortified.

I've been considering just swapping the clips to old songs in future hey. Pop the song over a slideshow or something. Was even considering dubbing it over good clip from songs with coarse language (they'll never learn such songs so they'll never know!)

More primary school colours and shapes activity ideas and resources than you'd ever need - here
Holy free educational fonts Batman!


  • wondershot
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    • December 03, 2010, 08:09:55 am
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Re: Teaching Songs to Elementary Grade 6
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2010, 02:04:29 pm »
Another idea (I'm working on this myself right now)...

Song Lyrics Mad Lib

1. Paste the lyrics of a song into a word file (like Congratulations by Cliff Richards).
2. Make a copy of it and in this copy strike out any adjective or noun and replace it with a blank. This is your lyrics mad lib.
3. In class, grad your students attention by showing them the Congratulations video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5GwF5B1uFU). Don't forget to turn on the English subtitles by clicking on the CC button in the control bar.
4. In class, secretly open your lyrics mad lib and ask your students to supply adjectives and nouns of their devising.
5. As they do so, fill in each blank with the new words.
6. When finished, reveal the completed mad lib on your tv screen and read it aloud. They should enjoy this.


  • dewnl
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Action song
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2011, 03:27:13 pm »
action song lyrics ppt


  • Steph5834
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    • March 07, 2011, 03:01:10 pm
    • Goyang City, South Korea
New ideas are always helpful
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2011, 02:54:40 pm »
So I'm planning a lesson plan based solely on a survey I gave to my 4th and 6th graders asking what they wanted to learn about in English. Overwhelmingly I got  American Culture (which I'm talking tons about in future lessons), Kpop and American music, sports, and English movies and animations. I have alot of ideas in my head but I wanted to put my feelers out for even more. My biggest choice now is which movie/cartoon clips to show them. Also I would like to play Kpop songs with English in them and have my students correct the HORRIBLE grammar! Suggestions on songs would be great. PHEW I know thats alot but all help is appreciated!


Re: New ideas are always helpful
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2011, 03:13:11 pm »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjsXo9l6I8

Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind is a great video to show. I showed it at the end of my 1st lesson 7 months ago and my students still request it. It highlights New York City and almost every Korean students knows New York. I did a travel pole and 3/5 wanted to go to New York, if they could go to USA. I asked my students what the capital of USA was and a good deal said New York. The video has lots of good pictures of New York and there is no swearing in the song. Almost every student asked what the song's name was after/during the song. They also wanted to know who Alicia Keys was. Tell them Jay-Z married Beyonce and all the girls will go insane, because Beyonce is one of the most popular female stars in Korea. The song it very catchy too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNIsY6JdUw

I wish Lady Gaga had some clean videos, because the students love her. My students REALLY love Taylor Swift. They didn't even know her. I played the video and they loved it. They loved the song and the video. The video is a classic American fairytale. It has a lot of American culture in it too. The classic "girl next door," American fashion, slang, high school activities, and is very catchy. My low-level students can even sing the song. Not to mention, the girl students go crazy for the boy. There is only the mild kiss in the middle of the song and the big one at the end. Test it out with your Co-Teacher first, because not every school is fine with that being seen. I personally don't like Taylor Swift, but it is a good break from hearing JUSTIN BIEBER every 10 seconds.


Black or White by Michael Jackson Music Video Vocabulary Worksheet
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2011, 01:58:06 am »
Easy Vocabulary Worksheet using Michael Jackson's song


  • shayrone3
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    • February 27, 2011, 09:14:41 pm
    • seoul, south korea
Re: Black or White by Michael Jackson Music Video Vocabulary Worksheet
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2011, 01:21:34 pm »
Thanks for posting this, but I'm a bit confused as to what to do with this worksheet. Could you elaborate a bit? I would really appreciate it; it would work great as a supplement to my Pop Music Club class this Friday.

Thanks!


  • Inge1415
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    • August 23, 2014, 09:43:50 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: New ideas are always helpful
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2016, 02:43:48 pm »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjsXo9l6I8

Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind is a great video to show. I showed it at the end of my 1st lesson 7 months ago and my students still request it. It highlights New York City and almost every Korean students knows New York. I did a travel pole and 3/5 wanted to go to New York, if they could go to USA. I asked my students what the capital of USA was and a good deal said New York. The video has lots of good pictures of New York and there is no swearing in the song. Almost every student asked what the song's name was after/during the song. They also wanted to know who Alicia Keys was. Tell them Jay-Z married Beyonce and all the girls will go insane, because Beyonce is one of the most popular female stars in Korea. The song it very catchy too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNIsY6JdUw

I wish Lady Gaga had some clean videos, because the students love her. My students REALLY love Taylor Swift. They didn't even know her. I played the video and they loved it. They loved the song and the video. The video is a classic American fairytale. It has a lot of American culture in it too. The classic "girl next door," American fashion, slang, high school activities, and is very catchy. My low-level students can even sing the song. Not to mention, the girl students go crazy for the boy. There is only the mild kiss in the middle of the song and the big one at the end. Test it out with your Co-Teacher first, because not every school is fine with that being seen. I personally don't like Taylor Swift, but it is a good break from hearing JUSTIN BIEBER every 10 seconds.

I love the second suggestion!  they are really interested in american high school culture...but I don't think I would use empire state of mind...Jay-Z says "nigga" and although his context is fine, my students have had an issue with that word...they consider it just US slang and have tried to use it in the classroom before. I talked to them once about it, when it is culturally appropriate, and why they themselves should not use it but it fell on deaf ears so now I avoid it altogether.


  • charlie99
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    • August 28, 2014, 12:59:21 pm
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