Thursday, January 28, 2016

Implementing Songs (post 1)

Thanks for stopping by!
As promised in my last post (you can find it here),  I'm posting implementation ideas for songs from my album "All things Winter".  I have used all of the songs in this album this year and have enjoyed trying out new ways to implement then and adapt them as well.

"What I wear in the Snow" is a song I wrote to compliment the book, The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel.  This book is a great book about winter clothing and is also a good one to read for sequencing objects as well.

One way to implement this song is to have real examples or visuals of the articles of clothing for winter and go over (label) them  first.  You can also say "show me the hat" or "show me the scarf" and show the visuals (being mindful to limit the field of choices for students that need less choices when needed).  You can also create a power point or Smart Notebook presentation to serve as visuals that the students will be able to see.
Next, you can sing the beginning of the song, "Here are the things I wear in the snow.  Show me where they go." and explain that we will be showing where each item goes on our bodies.  If you have a visual made of a body and separate pictures for the articles of clothing, the students can take turns bringing each picture up and placing it where they think it goes.  In many of the classrooms I work in, we first label the articles of clothing and then as I'm singing, we touch where we place each one (i.e. hat-touch head, scarf-touch neck, etc.).
I want to note that I don't always sing all of the articles of clothing in this song.  With certain groups I select certain articles that the students are learning to label and we start there (again-limiting the field of choices). Later we add additional items.
For students that are nonverbal or need assistance via a voice output device, you can program a device called a step by step (ahead of time), to say each article of clothing or a sentence for each article (i.e. "I wear a hat on my head.", "I wear a scarf around my neck.").
I hope these ideas are helpful and lead you to create your own creative ideas!
Stay tuned for more ideas!

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