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Favorite song

Source/Reference: Hannah Livingston Description of Strategy: Students research a favorite song artist or band and research it. The student will then make a poster with the name of the song and artist as if it were a concert poster showing the style of the artist and why they believe the person is a good musician. Suggested Application: Could be used in collaboration with an Art teacher and the English teacher. Adjustment: All students can create a poster like this

Source/Reference: Description of Strategy: Research/teaching project where each student becomes an expert at a specific topic then teaches his/her topic to the other students. Suggested Application: All content areas. Adjustment: Students dont need as long as a presentation and dont need to have as many facts about the subject.


Source/Reference: Description of Strategy: Before beginning a new unit you have the students write down what they already know about it. Once you are part way through the unit the students write what they would like to learn about the unit still. After the unit is completed the students write what they learned from the unit. Suggested Application: This strategy could be used in any subject area either at the beginning of a unit or even the beginning of a section of a unit. Adjustment: Students can make a list of words instead of writing sentences.

Lyric Writing

Source/Reference: Eakle, Kit. What do Whole-Language teachers and Music teachers have to learn from one another. Laney, BC, Canada Research Forum 1994: 1 Web. 10 Nov. 2012 Description of Strategy: Play/Perform for students a number of traditional folk songs from America. Show them the lyrics and have them learn to sing them on their own. Once they are familiar with traditional folk songs and how they function have them write their own lyrics to a well known folk song that the class has been studying. pp.pdf Suggested Application: This could be used with groups in elementary school as well as high school students. Adjustment: Student sonly write lyrics for a small part of the song.

Music Project

"ETNI Teacher Ideas and Projects - Etni Music." ETNI Teacher Ideas and Projects - Etni Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2012. <>. Description of Strategy: Students pick two songs and write about the artist and the song then present on their findings. Suggested Application: This strategy could be very useful when doing a unit that involves studying a period in history or particular composer or style of music. Adjustment: Students can only pick one song and not do the presentation.

Newspaper Making

50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms, Kathryn M. Obenchain and Ronald V. Morris Description of Strategy: Creative study guide where students create a newspaper using events and culture of a certain era. Suggested Application: Students can collaborate to create a newspaper with articles about works of music and the composers of a specific era in history. Adjustment: Student can find an article online instead of writing one of their own or they can only write the opening paragraph of the story.

Practice Journals

Source/Reference: Andrea Woody Description of Strategy: Students record the progress they make while practicing. Suggested Application: This strategy can be used frequently as it is not something that will take the students. Adjustment: Student can use one or two words to record what they practiced instead of complete sentences.

The Quick Write


Description of Strategy: The Quick Write is a literacy strategy that is designed to give students the opportunity to reflect upon their learning. Suggested Application: This strategy would work well if used while introducing new content to students as it gives the teacher a way to evaluate the success of their teaching and give students a chance to put what they have learned into their own words which is one of the best ways to learn new things. Adjustment: Student can write a list of words instead of sentences.

Sticky notes

Source/Reference: Jenise Cardinal-Donnelly Description of Strategy: Have students respond to a question on the board that is related to the things that have been discussed in class. Suggested Application: This strategy is a great way to take attendance and also to check on the students understanding of the subject matter. Adjustment: Students can write just one or two sentences or draw a picture to show their answer to the question or the question could be adjusted for the student.