*This piece of music came to via our Spanish teacher a few years back. She had shared it with all the classes she teaches and found that the kids loved it.
*When I used it for the first time, I got the same response from the listeners/writers. It really spoke to this age group.
*To me this is a song of celebration, unity, and people coming together. What more could you ask from a piece of music.
*Today is our Thirtieth Monday together and that means it is time for another musical selection.
*I truly believe Mondays are my favorite day for our writer's notebooks.
*Each Monday I present a piece of music to my fourth graders. I usually present this song via a video so they are hearing and seeing the music.
*After I share the video, we discuss the song/video for a few minutes as a class. It is always a joy to hear what my young listeners have to say about the song.
*They then get busy writing in their notebooks. We start off at the beginning of the year writing for about five minutes. This will gradually increase as the year progresses.
*Here are some ideas I give the writers to think about during their writing time...
*Their opinions of the song.
*Their likes and dislikes of the song.
*What the song reminds them of.
*Any connections they may have to the music.
*What they think the message in the piece may be.
*What listeners can learn from the song.
*A fictional story about the music/video.
*These are just some ideas I give to the writers. They are really free to write anything they would like as long as it connects to the song.
*After our silent reading, we spend a few more minutes sharing out what we wrote.
Our Musical Monday Selections for 2016-2017
Week #1 - "What I Am" by will.i.am Click Here for Week #1 Music
Week #2 - "Clay" by Grace VanderWaal Click Here for Week #2 Music
Week #3 - "One Voice" by Billy Gilman Click Here for Week #3 Music
Week #4 - "I Don't Know My Name" by Grace VanderWaal Click Here for Week #4 Music
Week #5 - "Proud" by Heather Small Click Here for Week #5 Music
Week #6 - "There's a Hero" by Billy Gilman Click Here for Week #6 Music
Week #7 - "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake Click Here for Week #7 Music
Week #8 - "Thriller" by Michael Jackson Click Here for Week #8 Music
Week #9 - "Beautiful Thing" by Grace VanderWaal Click Here for Week #9 Music
Week #10 - "Live Like a Warrior" by Matisyahu Click Here for Week #10 Music
Week #11 - "Thankful" by Josh Groban Click Here for Week #11 Music
Week #12 - "Hall of Fame" by The Script and will.i.am Click Here for Week #12 Music
Week #13 - "Clouds" by Zach Sobiach Click Here for Week #13 Music
Week #14 - "Hopeful" by Bars & Melody Click Here for Week #14 Music
Week #15 - "Do They Know Its Christmas" by BandAid Click Here for Week #15 Music
Week #16 - "My Hero" by Harris J. Click Here for Week #16 Music
Week #17 - "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong Click Here for Week #17 Music
Week #18 - "Be Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw Click Here for Week #18 Music
Week #19 - "Dreamer" by Chris Brown Click Here for Week #19 Music
Week #20 - "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth Click Here for Week #20 Music
Week #21 - "I Lived" by One Republic Click Here for Week #21 Music
Week #22 - "One Shining Moment" by Luther Vandross Click Here to Week #22 Music
Week #23 - "Fireflies" by Owl City Click Here for Week #23 Music
Week #24 - "Rise Up" by Andra Day Click Here for Week #24 Music
Week #25 - "Shooting Star" by Owl City Click Here for Week #25 Music
Week #26 - "Broken Arrows" by Avicii Click Here for Week #26 Music
Week #27 - "Waka, Waka, This Time for Africa" by Shakira Click Here for Week #27 Music
Week #28 - "Try Everything" by Shakira Click Here for Week #28 Music
Week #29 - "Chained to the Rhythm" by Katy Perry Click Here for Week #29 Music