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Musical Words

Do your kids love to get up and boogie around the classroom?

Yes?

Then you're going to LOVE this fun activity for practicing sight words.

I found this on The Reading Corner and instantly knew I HAD to try it. Thank you, Renee!

Spelling Sight Words to Music

We did this activity three times last week and my class absolutely loved it.  So did I. It was just a fun, happy way to start our day.

Here's my version ... it's super easy!

You need:
1. White boards and pens (but mini chalkboards or paper would work just as well)
2. Some happy music
3. A word wall

Directions:
1. Everyone stands at their table with an empty white board in front of them.
2. I put on the you-can't-help-but-dance-to-it music and the kids move and jive around the room.
3. I pause the CD player and everyone finds a whiteboard and prints the word wall word I call out.
4. REPEAT as often as you have time for!

When we're finished I have the kids go back to their own seats and we correct the boards together. If there are any mistakes then they need to fix them up before they can add a check mark.

Why I LOVE this activity:
1. It's fun (guess I already said that)
2. The kids are getting some exercise (we have a provincial mandate to get the kids up and moving at least 15 minutes a day... this is in addition to morning and lunch recess play time)
3. It teaches the kids to use the word wall
4. It's another way to practice spelling correctly
5. They get a double spelling-practice whammy with the "mark your own board" activity at the end

I hope you try it out!




19 comments

  1. Love this idea, Barbara! I think I will try it tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jennifer
    Stories and Songs in Second

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    1. You're welcome, Jennifer!
      Renee from The Reading Corner always has great ideas:)

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  2. This sounds great!! I love to boogie around the classroom! I'm pretty sure most kids do too!!

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    1. Rhythm, you would definitely be right at home:)

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    1. It's da bomb! Ha! I've never actually said that in real life:)

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  4. This is a fun way to get in some practice on those sight words! It will work great for my RTI students. Thank you for the great idea!!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. You're welcome! It would work well with small groups, too.

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  5. Woo! Thanks for the shout out! Love the variation you did! I will try that next!

    Renee
    THe Reading Corner

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    1. You're welcome, Renee! I'm just so happy I found the idea on your blog!

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  6. I'm going to try modifying this for my little ones. They love anything that involves dance.

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    1. Yes! Maybe they could print letter or numbers?

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  7. This is a must for me tomorrow! These long winter days make my Owlets a little stir-crazy! Thank you so much!
    Jenny

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    1. Hey you're welcome! I hope you have as much fun as we did:)

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  8. What a great idea! I am going to use this tomorrow!!! Thanks for sharing!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    tamingmyflockoffirsties@gmail.com

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    1. You're welcome, Beth Ann.
      We did it again today. So much fun!

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  9. This is so simple and fun. Why didn't I think of it? Using this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!!
    Petersons-Pad

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    1. I know what you mean, Sheree! I'm always asking myself that:)

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  10. I do this! I also use it for chunking words as we call them. For example, everyone writes "came", music starts, kids move, when the music stops, the write a word that rhymes with "came." When we're done, each child has a whiteboard of words with the same chunk or spelling pattern to read.

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