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Old 08-05-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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I love having music in the classroom...during arrival, writer's workshop, or pack up to set a calm classroom environment, to introduce or reinforce a concept or skill, during transitions, with movement to enhance motor skills, or just for a dance party!

What are your favorite CDs (or downloads) to play in the 1st grade classroom?


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They are such fun songs - I play a few of the quieter ones in the morning. I also like Paul Simon and Elvis ballads. For 2 minute dance party (stolen from 30 rock) I have stuff they like such as the Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack or Scooby Doo theme song.
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I am so glad you got this up...I've done it before...asking advice for music and got some great CDs and some that just didn't suit me. My all time favourite (or since I got it last year) and the kids' is We are...The Laurie Berkner Band...they love the song Telephone ..we split it up with the boys doing a part and the girls answering..they also love I'm Gonna Catch you...great cardio..lol...I also got Jim Gill sings The Sneezing Song and other Contagious Tunes last year...the one song the kids absolutely love is the Freeze Dance...it's not like the commonly know freeze dance...it starts like this...dance anyway you want to, dance anyway you can, dance anyway you want until...and I forget the rest...anyways they love it...there is another CD I got from my student teacher this year, but I can't remember the name of it...some of the songs on it are Tony Chestnut, Way Down Yonder, How much is that Doggie (a little different version) Swimming Song...the kids really like it too. I like music that has actions to it...I recently saw on you tube kids doing actions to the Beatles song Hello...I might try that at the beginning of the year...looked easy enough. Can hardly wait to see what others put up.
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KidzBop CDs are great. The songs are current (minus the language) and the kids love them. I often type up the lyrics and the students read along. Another good one is Jack Hartman, he turns educational stuff into rap and R&B (Rock to the Alphabet etc.)

http://www.jackhartmann.com/
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I love phil collins and the tarzan soundtrack. All the kids wiggle while they work! Although I only play music with lyrics during down time. When it's work time, I play classical cd's that I had bought from scholastic. Also alot of nature sounds.


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Last year my class was partial to Bach. I got a cheap CD at Walmart.
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Here are several links to sites with CD's that I like:

www.trainerswarehouse.com
(type music cd in the search box)
This site also has lots of other fun gadgets to use to capture students' attention!

www.thelearningstation.com
**lots to choose from - my favorite is "Tony Chestnut"
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We start every morning with music.

I, too, love the Jack Hartman CD's.

Also, Tom Gardner-"Can't Wait to Go to School" "Try, Try Again"

Raffi

Tom Hunter

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The Curious George Soundtrack (which is all performed by Jack Jackson) is my all time favorite in the classroom. It has a nice groove to it but isn't overbearing. My kids would work on their center work and you'd see them bobbing their head all the while.
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Great suggestions! Thank you.


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