First Grade

How to Use Songs in the Classroom by Dr. Timothy Rasinski

Here are some suggestions for classroom use:

  1. Teachers, familiarize yourself with the video.
  2. To get the most out of your class, download the powerpoint and use the mp3 recording. I am trying to add captions to the videos, but it is a labor intensive project. The powerpoint, used in conjunction with the mp3, is an excellent fluency activity. (Kindergarten is optional, but seeing the words they’re singing is like watching TV with captions–it all helps)
  3. Remember, songs are easy to memorize. Once they’ve done the song for five days, the benefits of the fluency activity are negligible.
  4. Any problems, please email me <>
  5. Below are a few suggestion for grade level songs. [Thank you for all the teacher input.]

April Showers
As I Was Going to St. Ives
Crawdad Hole
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Down By the Riverside
Green Grass Grew All Around
London Bridge
On New Years Day in the Morning
On Top of Old Smokey
Over in the Meadow
Sail Away Ladies
Skip to My Lou
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The Fox
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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