Tried it Tuesday-The End of Molasses Classes

We are linking up with Fourth Grade Flipper for



Have you heard of the book, The End of Molasses Classes, by Ron Clark? 

If you haven’t I highly recommend you go out and grab a copy. I was in need of some major inspiration going into the new school year and started to read the book as my summer read. Once I started reading it I was hooked and almost immediately told Nichole that she had to go and get it too, which she did. Among many great ideas and tips for both teachers and parents, was the idea of incorporating music in the classroom. One of the sections talks about using music to excite, motivate, and inspire students. So we decided to give it a try with our classes. Every year we use a program called Kelso’s Choices as a way to show students how to solve small problems using one of nine different strategies. We thought that this was the perfect opportunity to spice up our usual lesson, so we took the song “Bad Blood,” by Taylor Swift, which talks about having problems with a friend and decided to flip it by creating our own lyrics.


Now we were a little nervous going in because we weren’t sure how well the students would do with coming up with lyrics in the spur of the moment and as teachers, we know that it can be scary to venture into the land of the unknown. In fact, Nichole was skeptical at first, but she said she would do it if I led the lesson. I agreed and gave some (slightly nervous) words of encouragement that we could do it! We chose a section of the song to share and of course when we first played it, the students were super excited. Then we told them that they would be coming up with lyrics to go along with the melody. And with a little support from their talented teachers ;), the students eventually came up with what we thought were pretty good lyrics.


Here are Taylor’s original lyrics:


'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you've done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Hey
Now we got problems
And I don't think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And, baby, now we've got bad blood
Hey


Band-aids don't fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
Band-aids don't fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that you live with ghosts
If you love like that blood runs cold


'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love (mad love)
So take a look what you've done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
Hey


Our students came up with these lyrics:


We used to have problems,
but now we know how to solve ‘em.
Using Kelso’s choices,
You just have to follow them.
Hey!


You can tell them to stop,
or wait and cool off.
You can also ignore it,
or you can just walk away.
Hey!


If that doesn’t work at first,
try another Kelso’s choice.
Maybe try to talk it out,
you can also make a deal.
Apologize to keep it real,
you should share with everyone.
You can always go to another game!


We used to have problems,
but now we know how to solve ‘em.
Using Kelso’s choices,
You just have to follow them.
Hey!


Then we had to practice (and practice some more) and add some moves and finally they were ready to perform. Below is the student’s rendition of the Kelso’s Choices Song. (There is one spot where the students got a little mixed up but the show must go on!)




The kids loved it and it showed us that sometimes it’s good to step outside of your comfort zone. If you’ve ever wanted to try something like this with your students, I would encourage you to take the plunge, you won’t regret it!

-Joy

BTS in a Flash! Curriculum Must Haves

We are SO excited about the BTS TPT sale that starts tomorrow! Our wishlist is filling up fast. We're joining up today for the 

 
linky party. 

Here's a quick peek at one of our products, a product we LOVED last year, and something on our wishlist for this year.


(Click on the cover to see it in our store!)

Ahhhh....test prep! Usually it's such a boring, dreadful thing. We created this unit and focused it around a topic that's so captivating to our students....PIRATES! This is a HUGE 90 page unit that includes everything you need to review those important concepts that always seem to pop up on those standardized tests. Our kiddos love this unit and so do we! 

Properties of Multiplication 7 Day Unit 3.OA.5

We loved using this unit from Cupcakes n Curriculum to teach the Multiplication Properties. This standard is brand new in Third grade, and there really wasn't very much out there to use. This unit was really a lifesaver and very easy to use. 


Mentor Sentence Units (VOLUME 1) Bundle (Grades 3-5): 40 Weeks!

We are excited to try out Ideas by Jivey's mentor sentences. We've read a little about them and we're planning on replacing our old DOL activities with this. Anyone use this already? Any tips for us?

We can't wait to see what everyone else is linking up with, happy shopping!




Currently August- My first time!

Hey All!

I'm linking up with

for the very first time for her Currently August! Here's what's going on in my life currently:
Listening- Food Network Star: I love watching cooking shows (just wish I could cook like them too.)

Loving -Teacher Periscopes: I think I'm officially addicted!  Every time that little whistle goes off, I just have to check to see who's live. We've done one Periscope of our own and we're looking forward to doing more soon. Check us out @teachingwithteamw.

Thinking- 1 week left of Summer: How does the Summer go by so fast??? I can't believe we have to report back to school for training next Monday, teacher work day on Tuesday, then kids come on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to a new year, but I'll miss summer too.

Wanting-A new pencil sharpener for school: Ugggghhhh......pencil sharpeners! I have such a love/hate relationship with them. I only let 1 student have the job of pencil sharpener and they are the only one that's allowed to touch it, but they still end up broken all the time! I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and buy a good, expensive, heavy duty one. Any recommendations?

Needing- To finish my classroom: I've been slowly working on my classroom one day a week for a while now, but it's crunch time! I feel like there's always more to do and not enough time to finish it all. 

B2S RAK- Helping my old Student Teacher set up her first classroom: Last year I had the best Student Teacher! We became good friends and she will be starting her first year of teaching this year. I'm planning on helping her set up her room before I have to head back to school.

So, what's going on in your life Currently?  Join the party and link up!

-Nichole