Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Tip 21: Connect Music to Curriculum

Posted on April 22, 2012 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction, News

Many teachers and families use music to soothe children, inspire them and help them with transitions, but music can also be used to teach curriculum.

There are really great songs available for free on blogs and websites for young children.
Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

And just as many appropriate for older students.
Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

The beauty of using music to teach is that it is fun and appropriate for all. Don’t limit these to using these for students with autism. Integrate them into your daily lessons and let students with and without disabilities sing and dance along.

Comments

  1. From Joanna Atkinson-Cornthwaite on 22 Apr 2012

    Hi Paula,
    I thought I would give you a link to one of my favorite songs by Frank Ze.

    It is a beautiful compilation, based on a riff he wrote and shared online.

    I play it to my students if they are having a bad day.

    The lyrics are:
    “Hey, you’re ok… you’ll be fine…
    Just breathe.”

    http://www.zefrank.com/chillout/

    Cheers,
    Jo

  2. From Liz Kash Stroppel on 23 Apr 2012

    Took my hfa toddler to Music Together classes, and was amazed that he was so engaged. For 45 minutes we COMMUNICATED! (So sold was I, that I became a teacher.) I now have a 9 year-old composer and song parody writer with a life-long love of music. He had a second-grade teacher who incorporated silly songs about everything they were working on – he thrived. This year’s teacher uses songs to bond her class. Music is the ultimate “brain break!”
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  3. From Amy on 23 Apr 2012

    As a preschool teacher we use music all the time. Helps all of the children to change focus at transitions. When we put things to song, it is more fun to do everything!