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I'm very excited to share this resource! My students love this booklet because they get to take it home and I let them color!
My school is mostly ELA, Writing, and Math focused which does not leave a lot of time for science and social studies. I make a point to give my students a bit of Colorado history in music class because Colorado history shows up on their state assessments. We learn the state songs and also other songs by popular Colorado musicians past and present. My 4th graders really enjoy this unit because we sing a mix of genres, they get some history, and overall have a great time.
The book has a mix of songs with different activities. I teach a lot of the history about the artist or state history as I introduce each song and as a class oral drill my students recall the information we discuss in class. If we have a short class or I can tell my students need a brain break from learning the music I give them time to color the cover (the state flag) and other images in the book
"Break Down the Lines": For my ELL students this is super important because they tend to look for the literal meaning and for songs ling "Rocky Mountain High" where John Denver uses a lot of metaphors and word pictures, I need to take that time to work through the more descriptive lyrics. The time it takes definitely pays off and I have seen my students looking for descriptive language and trying to figure it out in other songs they learn.
"Wow Words": This is language my school uses to get our students excited about interesting vocabulary. Some songs have tricky vocabulary that is important for my students to know in order to understand the meaning of the lyrics. I give them simple definitions or have them suggest a definition and they write it in the space available.
All of these songs can be found in my store as animated PowerPoints in the "Colorado Music" category.