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need "old" songs for reading fluency
Old 04-07-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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i was sharing some reading fluency ideas with a group of teachers from another school and added that i had thought of using songs for reading fluency but realized that if they knew the songs, it wouldn't be "reading" but remembering.

someone pointed out that you could have kids read older songs that they didn't know and then later play the songs so they could hear them. i love that idea!

do you have any ideas of older songs that 5th graders wouldn't know, that would be interesting (clear message, i guess?), and didn't constantly repeat the same refrain?

thanks in advance! if i find one or two, i'll add here as examples.


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Pete Seegers Solidarity Forever. Great song esp. if you have a union.
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we do have one, and it works closely with our district--we are in an enviable position there!

i'll have to check out those lyrics, thank you!

2 that i've been able to find are:

“This is a new year”--Great Big World

"keep your head up"--Andy Grammer

“get back up”--Toby Mac



(i wasn't really after "religious" songs, but these work okay)
*these also aren't as "old" as i was thinking, but i'm not sure most of my students will know them.

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i like "man in the mirror"...

i think i'm going with a positivity/make a change kind of theme...

this way we'll practice our fluency and comprehension, and i can get them to write something as well.
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From Wikipedia:

"Really Rosie is a musical with a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King. The musical is based on Sendak's books Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around (which compose 1962's The Nutshell Library), and The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960). Sendak based the story on a demonstrative little girl who used to sing and dance on the stoop of her building, whom he observed while he was a little boy growing up in Brooklyn.

Rosie and the Nutshell Kids (Kathy, Johnny, Alligator, Pierre and "Chicken Soup") live on the same block on Avenue P in Brooklyn, New York. On a hot July Saturday, the children are bored and need something to do. Rosie imagines herself as a talented star, and decides to produce an imaginary movie musical about her life and in particular the demise of her brother Chicken Soup, to be called Did You Hear What Happened to Chicken Soup?

She gets her friends to audition for a role in the film, but they begin to fight over casting. A thunderstorm forces them to move into the cellar for shelter. To keep the kids' attention, Rosie decides that they need to show the producer the movie's big finale number. She gets them all to close their eyes and imagine the producer inviting them to make her movie. Afterward, when the children go home, Rosie remains to dream of stardom in her big number."
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"You are My Sunshine"

"When You Wish Upon a Star"
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:05 PM
 
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Is The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald too heavy for 5th graders? Definitely an interesting story there to discuss.

Cats in the Cradle ~ again not sure if that works but a message to savor time with loved ones.

Imagine by John Lennon
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What about combining music, fluency and social studies? I have always thought a unit on Americana would be interesting. Back in the day, we always learned those old classic American frontier songs, such as Yellow Rose of Texas, Eating Goober Peas, My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, and all that. Kids don't know them today, but they're part of American history. Obviously, you'll have to address how time has changed perception, racism, and other subjects, but they will make good food for thought and discussion.
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I second the social studies ideas. Other songs could be Skip to My Lou, Home Home on the Range, and maybe your own state song.
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These may not be old enough and the first one has a religious reference but Iíve used it as a teaching tool and itís a phenomenal message.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HTNVXlirF4Y

I hope you dance by Leanne Womak
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thank you for the many diverse song ideas!
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Old 04-10-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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and America the Beautiful has multiple verses and beautiful imagery.
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What a neat idea!
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I think I will steal it! Do you type up the lyrics first or is there a printed version available somewhere? There must be.

Thanks for sharing.
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if you google the name of a song along with the word lyrics, you can find them. i plan to copy/paste.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:48 PM
 
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"Here Comes The Sun" is great with ESL students!
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:51 PM
 
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Great suggestions!
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