30 Apr Slice of Life: Reading Through Song #SOL19 #TWTBlog #BuildYourStack
NCTE #BuildYourStack is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week. I was looking for ways to join the celebration. I posted my favorite (current) children’s book quote on Twitter yesterday.
Then I saw the invitation for today.
Tuesday: Paving the Way to Reading through Song (Broadway Edition)
While I was not completely sure what they were looking for in terms of Broadway Edition … I was 100% sure of what I wanted to share in terms of reading through song!
(To the tune Take Me Out to the Ballgame)
This book is my latest find
I almost missed it
It caught my eye as I was paying for books
I got back in line
I had to have it
I have not been disappointed
Kids love it
Cause you must, must, must
have it now
if you teach Kindergarten or preschool
Are you intrigued?
Do you have an idea of what it is?
It was published March 19, 2019.
It is already a tried and true for me.
This book is filled with the poetry of Mister Rogers. Each poem will speak directly to your students’ hearts and minds. The musical quality in combination with important, talk-worthy ideas will make this book your go-to resource for shared reading and interactive read aloud, as well as a powerful mentor text for writer’s workshop.
I am not a singer, but this book inspired me to try to write some musical poems. I was amazed at how easy it is to take a tune and combine it with a topic. I used Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the poem above and I used I’m a Little Teapot for this poem about spring:
Walking on a Spring Day
It’s a beautiful spring day
The sun is out
Leaves and flowers
See them sprout
When the grass gets all green
Hear me shout
Yippee – it’s spring
Time to go out
I have never used a tune to write poetry before. Spending time in classrooms with students this month celebrating the poetry of Mister Rogers inspired me to give it a go. Music adds rhythm, mood, and meaning to a poem.
I cannot recommend this book enough … except to add that you can search for a YouTube video of almost every poem and see Mister Rogers singing it. Here is one that has sparked conversations among many students this month:
Thanks to NCTE and Two Writing Teachers for providing a space for educators to share resources, ideas, tips, and reflections.