Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tunes Tuesday...

Today I am linkin' up with Nick over at Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason for Tunes Tuesday.  I'm tellin' you...this idea is BRILLIANT!  What group of kids have you ever met that didn't like learnin' through music? I haven't!  My kiddos LOVE when I incorporate songs, lyrics and videos into any concept that we are learnin'.  This isn't just somethin' to do with a class of rockstars...this is for any and every student!  You really need to check this out!

Here's what Nick has to say about Tunes Tuesday:
"What is Tunes Tuesday? (My new readers may be asking!) It's simple! Just choose a grammar skill and pair it with a popular (or classic!) song (with clean lyrics!) that has examples of that skill in the lyrics. Copy and paste the lyrics into a document, and ask the kiddos to highlight the examples throughout the lyric sheet. I like to play the music video (clean version obvs!) for the kids while they work. It takes just a few minutes, but the kids beg for it every week! Music + boring grammar skill + highlighters = Fun grammar lesson! Click my tag, "Tunes Tuesday" to find past posts about this that have a few freebies to reference and use!"

The song I chose is "Naturally" by Selena Gomez.  The literary element or figure of speech to focus on is metaphors.  A metaphor is comparing two things where one is a symbol of the other.  
The technical definition: met·a·phor  n.
1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in "a sea of troubles" or "All the world's a stage"(Shakespeare).
2. One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol: "Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven" (Neal Gabler).

In Selena's song she sings, "You are the Thunder and I am the Lightning".  She is calling one person Thunder and herself Lightning. They go hand in hand. Grab the lyrics HERE! 

I'm really excited to see what everyone else is choosin' to link up.  Thanks Nick for hostin' this one! 


  1. Excellent choice! I love this idea of Nick's. I am going to scratch my brain this week and be sure to add a song or 2 of my own next week!

    The Teacher Next Door

  2. Great song choice...kids will love it!

    Read With Me ABC

    1. I thought so too when I was searchin' for a song! Thanks!

  3. Oh my gosh this is awesome! The kids will be obsessed and it will totally get stuck in their little heads forcing them to really keeping thinking (and singing) about what a metaphor is!! :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    Learning to the Core

    1. It got stuck in my head when I was lookin' for a video that had the lyrics spelled correctly. You wouldn't believe how many had the word lightning spelled with an "e".

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    1. I think so too! I did a lot of songs with my 4th graders last year and am moving up to 5th with them. I'm sure they'll still love it!

  5. Love this song!!! Great song choice and great lesson! Thanks for sharing!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. Thanks for sharing! I'm your latest follower on Bloglovin!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  7. This is such a fun idea! Thanks for visitin' (you catch that) me at my next of the blog woods!
    A Burst of First

  8. Definitely perfect for metaphors. Love it!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  9. Very fun and I'm sure the students will love seeing Selena Gomez in the classroom!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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