A few years ago I was lucky enough to attend a symposium with a wide variety of teaching ideas being shared. While I learned a great deal in my few days there, my favorite part was definitely the writing portion that centered around using music.
We were then given five minutes to create our own “Top Ten List” of songs. It didn’t matter what we put on the list – but we needed our top ten. Want to play along? Go ahead – make your top ten. I can wait…
This is the portion of the session where I realized just how valuable using music to write was, as I started to cry. I sat there silently crying, but writing furiously. I was embarrassed, but kept my head down and continued to write.
After the ten minutes of writing, volunteers were asked to share their stories. No one volunteered. I slowly lifted my head up to see what was going on. All around the room, about twenty adults were sitting their with strong emotions written all over their faces! Many – like myself – were obviously crying, some looked mad enough to spit tacks, and some were beaming – but clearly daydreaming about something in their own minds. Everyone had gotten so into their own writing that they had trouble even being ready to share with others.
If you teach Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, you’ll also love these great music lessons:
- Phonics Time Comprehensive Music Video Set
- Kindergarten Math Music Video Bundle
- First Grade Math Music Video Bundle
Looking for more great writing ideas to try in your classroom? Check these out!
- Round Robin Writing – Grades 2-12
- FREE Picture Writing Prompts – Grades K-12 **This post is VERY popular!!!
Music is powerful! This sounds like a great first week of school activity. Hopefully my second graders have happy connections to music!
Sally from Elementary Matters
Heather W says
I think most lower elementary students will have happy connections! I never thought to use this for a first week activity. Awesome idea! It might also be fun to do around Christmas with holiday songs if you can celebrate holidays in the classroom. Now you've got my creative juices flowing!
Clever Fox Lesson Box says
I totally love this idea…so simple. I always think that music and a smell or aroma contain this ability to very strongly take you back to very specific times.
Gonna give this a try with my kids. Thanks!