Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer is Hot!

Welcome back to More with Music!

Summer break is here and another school year has come to an end.  I love working with all the students each year, but I also look forward to having the summer off and getting a break from my normal daily schedule.

Even though summer doesn't officially start until June 21st, I sing about summer with students the last few weeks of school each year.  We talk about summer weather, activities, foods,etc.. One of their favorite songs about summer is  "Summer is Hot, Hot, Hot!".

Within this song, many summer vocabulary words and conversation starters are included.
Some key words in the song are:  summer, hot, sunscreen, sunglasses, popsicles, ice cream, seashells, seashore, swimming, fishing, sailing

To sing this song, I first assign students the repeating phrase, "It's Hot, Hot, Hot".  For students who are nonverbal, I record this repeating phrase on a BigMac voice output device and give them time to try it out and encourage them to participate.  In most groups, I repeat each verse twice.

I also use pictures to represent each vocabulary word for summer.  Students can point to or label each picture and then add comments like, "I have red sunglasses", or "I like chocolate ice cream".  If there's one thing I know for sure-students love to talk about food!  So, songs with any kind of food in them are great attention-getters. :)

I hope you enjoy your summer.  Be sure to stop by More with Music over the summer to hear more songs!

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