Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Melody

Teach them a lesson, they might remember it.  Teach them by song, and they'll have it!


Have you ever noticed how true that is for young children.  I try to teach many skills by song.  For instance, this week we are working on what makes a complete sentence and the difference between statements and questions.  We will write many sentences to practice these skills.  To help them remember to check the beginning and end of each one they write, I made up this song.
It goes to the tune of    Ten Little Indians   .

A sentence begins with a capital letter. Hands apart vertically, like measuring something large
A sentence begins with a capital letter. Repeat
A sentence begins with a capital letter Repeat
And ends with an end mark.  Bang  fist into other palm.


A statement begins with a capital letter. Hands apart vertically, like measuring something large
A statement just plain old tell you something. Turn hands over in front of you and shrug.
A statement begins with a capital letter Repeat measurement gesture.
And ends with a period.  Bang  fist into other palm.


A question begins with a capital letter. Hands apart vertically, like measuring something large
A question asks something you don't know about. Scratch head like you're puzzled.
A question begins with a capital letter Repeat measurement gesture.
And ends with a question mark.  Draw a large ? in the air, adding the dot on the word "mark."

Next week we'll move on to two more sentence types if my class has a firm grasp on statements and questions.

Commands start with a capital letter. Hands on hips with a stern look on face
Commands give orders to be followed. Salute.
Commands start with a capital letter. Hands on hips with a stern look on face
And end with a period.  Bang  fist into other palm.


Exclamations begin with a capital letter. Hands apart vertically, like measuring something large
Exclamations express all kinds of strong feelings. Fling arms out dramatically.
Exclamations begin with a capital letter.  Repeat measurement gesture.
And end with an exclamation mark.   Draw a large ! in the air, adding the dot on the word "mark."






4 comments:

  1. I love the song ideas! I've been trying to come up with a few myself!!

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  2. Good for you, Jillian. They'll work for older kids too. Of course, you may want to try some "cooler" tunes. ;-)

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  3. I'm going to be singing this all day now...:) I miss being in your class Dr. Steeley!

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