Friday, May 31, 2013

'Round up your rhythm sticks!

Welcome back to More with Music!

On this last day of May, I'm slipping in one more song post.

This song, entitled, "Where will we go?", helps students understand and practice different directions, or positional words.  Positional words are words that describe the location of something, often in relation to something else.  Students hear these words everyday, but many need to put them into practice (especially the kinesthetic learners) in order to grasp what these words really mean.

I've had a lot of fun singing this song this month with many students (and many different age groups).  I use rhythm sticks with this song and the students have been tapping away!

When first introducing this song, I visually show students each direction/positional word and we say the positional word aloud while tapping.  Next, we give it a try with the song playing and me modelling the directions/positional words as the group leader.

The students love to take turns being the leader as well, so I always try to incorporate this as part of the song.
I lead the first time, then we do the song a second time with a student leader.  You could also assign individual students certain positional words to lead as they are sung in the song.

As always, I'd love to hear what you think!   Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more song posts!  

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