Fourth 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.]

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Bill Morgan and His Gal
Bring Me Little Water Sylvie
Cat Came Back
Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
Cotton Mill Girls
Father Grumble
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Hard Times (Come Again No More)
John Henry
Meet Me in St.Louis
Old Folks at Home
Springfield Mountain
Starving to Death on a Government Claim
Streets of Laredo
Sweet Betsy from Pike
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
You’re a Grand Old Flag

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