it's not every day you can literally take a bow

I was teaching contractions to my little group of first graders on Friday. We were starting with the basics: it is = it's; what is = what's; he is = he's.

First of all, do you know how hard it is to teach this to a bunch of kids with hearing loss who can't hear that final "s"? I was even wearing the microphone/FM system which sends my voice directly into their hearing aids, and still. I had to show them with my lips.

So anyways, I found this great song via Carl's Corner. It's set to the tune of the Hokey Pokey:

You pop some letters out!
To put apostrophes in!
You pop some letters out!
That's the way you must begin.
To do contraction action is as easy as can be!
Come on and dance with me! Yeah!

Totally cute right? I sang it for them the first time around, as I modeled taking out the "i" and replacing it with an apostrophe. As soon as I finished the last note of the song, all six of them burst into genuine, thunderous applause!

It was so different than the eye rolling I would have expected from my fifth graders last year, it caught me completely off-guard!

I do love me some first graders!!

11 comments:

Sunny said...

Aww, that is cute! I actually WOULD use that song with my 5th graders (who don't have hearing loss)! They already know I'm a complete nut so they would probably get a big kick out of it!

Shell said...

That is adorable!

Ginger Snaps said...

Very cute! I love teaching with songs!

Yaya' s Home said...

Using music to teach is one of the most clever ways I know of. In the first place, the student can visualize the words by note. In the second place, you are using more of your natural instincts to implant a memory of what you are teaching/learning. In the third place, catchy tunes return to us when we least expect it, reinforcing the lesson at odd intervals.

On behalf of all students, everywhere, thank you so much.

~ Yaya

Anonymous said...

You do realize they applauded the song and knew nothing about the lesson...

Jenny said...

Fabulous! As a former fourth/fifth grade teacher I completely understand the joys of moments like these. There are things I miss about the upper grades but there are so many things to love about first grade. I hope the whole year is this wonderful!

Sherri said...

This is one of the biggest differences between those two age groups, isn't it?! So cute, and how nice to take a bow with applause!

Elissa said...

So awesome! I think I will be singing that one to my little 1st grader!

Anonymous said...

The dreaded "s" and "t" and figuring out "m" and "n" and don't get me going figuring out "z" and "s"

You are a great teacher!
Your aided friend
JO

UnicycleRose said...

I work in second grade...I love,love, love that song. Good job teacher!

malia said...

You're such a good teacher, making it fun for them

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