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Old 07-15-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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What songs do you use? I'm working on getting together some new tunes!!

-while students are entering
-during quiet times
-preparing for cleaning up
-to signal clean up
-coming to the carpet
-lining up



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This was on my list of things to research! I came to PT to search for this very topic! I'm interested in hearing what other teachers are recommending!
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one minute songs
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Actually, however long it takes for my singing fish to sing is the time I give for transitions. It's a hoot- the fish starts singing, and the kids start cleaning up and moving to the rug.

I use classical music for background for math, and "nature sounds" during writing workshop. Come in can be anything from showtunes to seasonal. Lining up is silent (or they do it again, and again, and again....)
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I change mine because by the end of the year, I'm sick of the song!

Songs I've used:
entering in the morning: It's a Beautiful Morning
washing hands: Hampster Dance and Iko Iko
lining up: I Like to Move It and, wait a minute, I actually can't remember what I used this year!
job time: Purple People Eater
packing up: the Goodbye, Farewell song from the Sound of Music

I used I'm a Believer for something one year, but I can't remember what.

I like classical and Enya for quiet work times. I'm curious to see what others' use.
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mfw9099-you know what they say about great minds!

I did find this timer with some attached songs: http://classtools.net/education-games-php/timer/

For some "good morning" music, I'm thinking:
walkin on sunshine
I can see clearly now
here comes the sun by the Beatles
Good Day by Priscilla Ahn
Wonderful World
Beautiful Day by U2 possibly (or an instrumental version)
Beautiful Day by Donavan Frankenreiter
I feel good
Better Together by Jack Johnson

To warn that clean up time is coming, I found:
Almost Cleanup Time by Mr. Al

A song to sing for students to come to the carpet (to the tune of Wheels on the Bus):
(The) clock on the wall says it’s time to stop,
Time to stop, time to stop!
The clock on the wall says it’s time to stop.
It’s time for circle.

"Overgrown Waltz" by Cedar and Spruce is a sweet acoustic-y song that's relaxing. Vitamin String Quartet and Vitamin String Piano have some good songs that are instrumental versions of popular songs.

I'm interested in hearing more!!!


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just found another one! "Trashin' the Camp" by Phil Collins and NSYNC from the Tarzan soundtrack. It's about 2 1/2 minutes long and I think I might use this to signal clean up!!

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I love this countdown timer...Didn't know they existed.
thanks thanks so much.... will certainly put this to good use.
may shoot it up on my Eno Board...
If anyone knows of other timers please share.
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Rick Morris has tons of music tips
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http://www.newmanagement.com/music/alarmclock.html

If the link doesn't display, google Rick Morris new management.

His music central page has tons of great tips. He also has a musical timer that is quiet, put at the halfway point, there's a sound, and it ends with the pac-man dying sound.

He's got a video that shows how to use your computer as a classroom alarm clock. I never knew this! You can program a song to come on any time you want....say right before recess. So, when you and the class hear it, you know it's time to clean up. I plan on using it for my students who go to speech, RSP, and ESL. (I'm always forgetting who goes at what time on what day.) You can customize and give each student his/her own sound!!! Genius!

I adopted his TV tunes in my classroom, especially game show ones because they have a great crescendo. "It's time to clean up, beat the music."

In the mornings, while the students took down their chairs, brought in homework, and came to the rug I always played, "Hello" (not Lionel Richie, but the pop version (I don't know the girl's name)....I just came to say hello..." and on Fridays I would play the Glee version of "It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday."
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