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Sing With a Twist
Sue Fenton

From Sue Fenton's You Played a Song. Now What?

You want to keep playing a song to get the students "hooked" and learning; but singing it eight times in a row will drive them [and you] crazy!
       You can sing a song again and again if you make it "new" each time.

       Here are a few of the fifty "twists" offered in You Played a Song. Now What? 
            ♪  Put all the words of the song on separate cards. Distribute them. The students "popcorn" -- go up and down -- as their words are sung.
            ♪  Show a transparency of the lyrics with ten words left blank. Ask the class for substitutions that make sense. Sing the song with the ten new words. Groups can do this.
            ♪  Groups sit in circles. Everyone sings or recites one word and passes around a ball or other song prop. Try to go faster! 
            ♪  Replace a word that occurs often with a funny sound the class makes. (Whistle, honk, moo, vroom, meow, etc.) 
            ♪  Sing with the CD. At a random spot, turn the volume way down. The class keeps singing. After ten seconds, turn the volume up again. Did the class keep up? 
            ♪  Videotape the class singing. Pretend it's for a television show. 
            ♪  Have puppets, action figures, or stuffed animals "sing."
            ♪  Sing along with the CD. Stop anywhere and have the students say the next word. Options: Point to rows, individuals, etc.

This page is excerpted from Sue Fenton's You Played a Song. NOW What?

You Played a Song. NOW What? 
A Survival Guide for Using Songs in the Classroom 
Sue Fenton, M.Ed.

       Songs are extraordinary learning tools, but teachers may stop after playing them a few times, not knowing what else to do. They may not be squeezing all the potential out of songs to maximize their impact on learning.        
       Teacher Sue Fenton offers hundreds of creative ideas that help you incorporate the multiple intelligences with the enjoyment of music to create an exciting learning atmosphere in your classroom.
       Sue shows you how to engage students and create an active learning atmosphere using music. This comprehensive resource is adaptable to any subject and to learners of all ages. She shares creative ideas for     
       ● Creating your own “play list” and getting ready
       ● Props, visuals, instruments, mikes, song fashions, “sets”
       ● Dozens of ways for singing a song differently each time
       ● Activities to practice language and concepts in a song
       ● Paired speaking, imitative writing, projects, listening, mime,.simulations, music videos, performances, staged photos, songwriting, dramatizations, creative writing, movement, dance, skits, parodies, impersonations, and much more.

       This 60-page booklet is loaded with hundreds of ideas for getting the most out of using music in your classroom


Book excerpt © 2004. Susan M. Fenton. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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