*It is hard to believe this is the last piece of music for Music Monday. We don't have school next Monday, and I'm not sure what I'll be using for Monday, June 5th which is our last Monday together.
*It has been a GREAT year of music, writing, thinking, and sharing.
*This is a brand new song to me and I've never used it before with my students. I recently heard it and absolutely loved it.
*I also think it is the perfect song to end my Music Monday posts for the 2016-2017 school year. I love the idea of being "happy people". The song and the video are all about being happy and positive thoughts.
*Today is our Thirty-Second Monday together and that means it is time for another musical selection.
*I truly believe Mondays are my favorite day for our writer's notebooks.
*Each Monday I present a piece 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.
Our Musical Monday Selections for 2016-2017
Week #1 - "What I Am" by will.i.am Click Here for Week #1 Music
Week #2 - "Clay" by Grace VanderWaal Click Here for Week #2 Music
Week #3 - "One Voice" by Billy Gilman Click Here for Week #3 Music
Week #4 - "I Don't Know My Name" by Grace VanderWaal Click Here for Week #4 Music
Week #5 - "Proud" by Heather Small Click Here for Week #5 Music
Week #6 - "There's a Hero" by Billy Gilman Click Here for Week #6 Music
Week #7 - "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake Click Here for Week #7 Music
Week #8 - "Thriller" by Michael Jackson Click Here for Week #8 Music
Week #9 - "Beautiful Thing" by Grace VanderWaal Click Here for Week #9 Music
Week #10 - "Live Like a Warrior" by Matisyahu Click Here for Week #10 Music
Week #11 - "Thankful" by Josh Groban Click Here for Week #11 Music
Week #12 - "Hall of Fame" by The Script and will.i.am Click Here for Week #12 Music
Week #13 - "Clouds" by Zach Sobiach Click Here for Week #13 Music
Week #14 - "Hopeful" by Bars & Melody Click Here for Week #14 Music
Week #15 - "Do They Know Its Christmas" by BandAid Click Here for Week #15 Music
Week #16 - "My Hero" by Harris J. Click Here for Week #16 Music
Week #17 - "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong Click Here for Week #17 Music
Week #18 - "Be Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw Click Here for Week #18 Music
Week #19 - "Dreamer" by Chris Brown Click Here for Week #19 Music
Week #20 - "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth Click Here for Week #20 Music
Week #21 - "I Lived" by One Republic Click Here for Week #21 Music
Week #22 - "One Shining Moment" by Luther Vandross Click Here to Week #22 Music
Week #23 - "Fireflies" by Owl City Click Here for Week #23 Music
Week #24 - "Rise Up" by Andra Day Click Here for Week #24 Music
Week #25 - "Shooting Star" by Owl City Click Here for Week #25 Music
Week #26 - "Broken Arrows" by Avicii Click Here for Week #26 Music
Week #27 - "Waka, Waka, This Time for Africa" by Shakira Click Here for Week #27 Music
Week #28 - "Try Everything" by Shakira Click Here for Week #28 Music
Week #29 - "Chained to the Rhythm" by Katy Perry Click Here for Week #29 Music
Week #30 - "The World is Ours" by David Corey Click Here for Week #30 Music
Week #31 - "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppets Click Here for Week #31 Music