Writing a song on a research topic(3)


Goals: Students should apply the key elements of their research to a familiar tune.

Materials: Their research paper and rhythm sticks.

Classroom set up: Students sitting in a large circle on the floor.

Description of Lesson:

1. Give each student a pair of rhythm stick, demonstrate beating out names and counting syllables. Do this in a wave fashion.

2. Ask students for long words we can practice beating rhythm sticks to figure out number of syllables.

3. Next, we choose familiar tunes to sing, such as Happy Birthday To You, or Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

4. We then beat out the songs together.

5. Ask the students to suggest topics to write a song about.

6. As a class, write out verses about chosen topic to a familiar tune.

Checking to see if the number of syllables in our sentence match the number of syllables in the original song by beating as we are singing the new words.

Evaluation of students' learning: When the students finished their song, we will make copies for the class and sing it together to see if we've learned anything new about their topic of research by singing the song.


Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.