Best for Grades 3-4
As an elementary classroom teacher with an arts passion, and as an arts specialist with the heart of a classroom teacher, these mini-musical reader's theater pieces are my learning staple. We learn about a character, an event, or a holiday then pull out the accompanying mini-musical reader's theater piece and in one class period we enact what we've learned. This cements student understanding, weaves creativity through content, and engages, bonds, and inspires the students.
Included in this resource:
A short simple half page reader's theater script
15 Lincoln Quotes, 2 Questions for Students to Answer
Abe Lincoln was a great storyteller, a great speaker, and a great debater. He said many important and clever things. Here is a collection of 15 favorite quotes from Abe Lincoln. The collection of quotes is followed by 2 simple questions for students to answer.
The Gettysburg Address
My students and I created a musical chronicling the life story of Abraham Lincoln. We included in our musical, a recitation of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The language of this famous speech is very challenging, and speaking it in unison with clarity required us to insert diagonal pause marks throughout. At each pause mark, we fully stopped our speaking and began together with each next phrase. Because we had an even number of boys and girls in the 4th grade class, we opted to split the lines this way. We worked on this recitation over many months until it was fully memorized with flawless pauses and brilliant clarity. While on a tour of the Illinois State Capitol Building, the students were invited by a State Senator to perform this rendition of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on the floor of the Illinois State Senate. It was a very powerful, very meaningful experience.
This resource is a "pause-marked" practice version of Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.
This resource is 4 pages in total.
I used this resource with 4th grade students, but could be used with great reading 3rd grade students, or older students, as well.
Song- I Keep My Speeches In My Hat
Sheet Music to the original Abe Lincoln song, "I Keep My Speeches In My Hat"
an mp4 video file to rehearse singing "I Keep My Speeches In My Hat"
Abraham Lincoln gave brilliant speeches, and he always wore a stovepipe hat. So that he would not lose them or forget them, he kept his speeches and other important papers in his tall hat. This fun light-hearted song well captures this unique fact about Abe Lincoln. This is a fun and happy song.
Song- Wise Words
Sheet Music to the original Abe Lincoln song, "Wise Words"
an mp4 file to rehearse singing "Wise Words"
Abraham Lincoln was a wise man. He chose his words carefully and spoke well. "Whatever you are, be a good one," is a perfect example of a powerful, meaningful Abe Lincoln quote. There are countless dozens of such quotes attributed to him. This song addresses the importance of words and, for my students, became an important lesson in assessing the value and impact of the words each of us use throughout the course of an ordinary day. Do my words bring blessing or do they bring hurt?
One Arts Infusion Collaborative seeks to create original music and poetry to support and enhance curricular content, celebrate holidays, stir imaginations, and draw students into challenging mini-lesson discussions.