"What I Am" by will.i.am
*Today is our first Monday together as we started school last Tuesday.
*I truly believe Mondays are my favorite day for our writer's notebooks.
*Each Monday I present a pice of music to my fourth graders. I usually present this song via a video so they are hearing and seeing the music.
*After I share the video, we discuss the song/video for a few minutes as a class. It is always a joy to hear what my young listeners have to say about the song.
*They then get busy writing in their notebooks. We start off at the beginning of the year writing for about five minutes. This will gradually increase as the year progresses.
*Here are some ideas I give the writers to think about during their writing time...
*Their opinions of the song.
*Their likes and dislikes of the song.
*What the song reminds them of.
*Any connections they may have to the music.
*What they think the message in the piece may be.
*What listeners can learn from the song.
*A fictional story about the music/video.
*These are just some ideas I give to the writers. They are really free to write anything they would like as long as it connects to the song.
*After our silent reading, we spend a few more minutes sharing out what we wrote.
*I keep a collection of the videos on our Schoology Site so that my students can always go back and rematch them anytime they wish.