Fifth grade appropriate, positive, and catchy songs that have some enriching or interesting vocabulary?
August 20, 2012 12:41 PM Subscribe
I've been trying to help my wife with this over the last week. She's looking for "school-appropriate, positive, and catchy songs that have some enriching or interesting vocabulary."
They have three main requirements:
1. The lyrics have vocabulary and other literary devices that they can use as teaching points.
2. The song is "catchy". (something 10- and 11-year-olds and their teachers will enjoy)
3. The song has a positive message.
posted by adamwolf to media & arts (28 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My wife's team of 5th grade teachers is looking for school-appropriate songs to include in their language arts studies to help supplement their vocabulary and grammar curriculum. Every week they plan to use one song. The beginning of the week will be spent reading through the lyrics, looking at vocabulary, and talking about any literary devices (similes, metaphors, idioms, etc.). They'll listen to the song and sing it later in the week.
They're also trying to grab from different musical genres and time periods.
Here is a sampling of what they've found so far:
"Let It Be" -- The Beatles
"Life is a Highway" -- Tom Cochrane
"Don't Stop Believing" -- Journey
"Lean on Me" -- Bill Withers
"Where Were You" -- Alan Jackson
"America the Beautiful"
Thanks folks! She needs about ten more.