Saturday, November 23, 2013

Spark Student Motivation...I wanna ROCK!...

Today I'm linkin' up with my buddy, Joanne, from Head Over Heels for Teaching for Spark Student Motivation Saturdays.  The idea of Joanne's linky is to share somethin' you do in your classroom to spark motivation in your students.  

My class theme is Rose's Rockstars.  Last year my students and parents got together to buy me a karaoke machine as an end-of-year gift.  I have nine students in Chorus, so this was super excitin' for them because they love to sing.  Many of my other ones do also.  The only problem...I live in a pod settin'.  It's not exactly the ideal situation to have my kiddos singin' their hearts out while the three other classes are tryin' to work on important stuff.  I had to move the karaoke machine out into the hallway with strict instructions that if another teacher complained about the noise, it would have to go back in the complaints thus far!  It does have to be put away neatly when we use it and must be stored in the appropriate spot in my closet.
A karaoke machine used for anything is sure to spark student motivation.  
Everyone should have a karaoke machine to party and learn like a ROCKstar!
Below you will see pictures of how we incorporated the karaoke machine in with Science.
The possibilities are endless. she is...The Voice Karaoke Machine.

 Singin' answers to questions on our Nature of Matter study guide.  
Students found answers in our text, from teacher read alouds, 
and links from different "States of Matter" websites.  Who wouldn't enjoy makin' up their own little jingle to help learn about solids, liquids, and gases?

 Readin' to one another from our Science Fusion text.  When you have to use borin' ol' textbooks, why not add a little flair with the karaoke machine?

 Givin' directions on how to play the States of Matter game.  Everyone can feel like a boss usin' the karaoke machine.  All eyes and ears are on the one in charge.

Callin' out Science vocabulary words and participants get to tell the definition.

What do you do to spark student motivation?  Be sure to check out Joanne's blog for more ideas.


  1. I never thought I NEEDED a Karaoke machine but maybe I was wrong. I can't believe how many ways you have found to use it - you seriously rock : )

  2. That is too funny! You are so good at making things fun for your students!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  3. What a brilliant idea! I ove the idea of the mike and letting them perform, so much fun! You really rock!

  4. How fun! You've motivated me to be part of that science lesson! LOL

  5. Love rockin' out to science! I also love you! How did you know I was starting the states of matter next week? Love these resources and ideas! What a great way to make learning the text fun! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. Awesome! I just got approved to buy a karaoke machine for a school fundraiser (long story). Thank you for some great classroom uses.

    Fit to be fourth


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