Fraction Rhythms – Integration, Collaboration and JOY!

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Tweet Today was an example of integration and collaboration at its best! Every Tuesday and Wednesday the music teacher, at my school (and my mentee and friend, Johanna) comes into my classroom for a 30 minute intervention period to assist with whatever we are doing in class.  It is usually math.  Often she wanders the […]

Happy Birthday, Beethoven

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Tweet One of my favorite holidays is coming up soon.  If you have been following me over the years, you know it’s not just the traditional holidays, but a very special one – Beethoven’s Birthday on December 16th! December (or any month, really) is a great time to spend some time listening to some of […]

2015 Integrated Arts Conference

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Tweet   Every year, Plymouth State University in New Hampshire organizes a wonderful integrated arts conference.  Here is a run down of what you can expect.  If you are interested in attending, please be sure to click the link for more information.  ~EMP All elementary and secondary teachers involved with the arts, special education and […]

Thoughtful, Thankful and Thrilling Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving

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Tweet With Thanksgiving around the corner, of course we need to stop and think about all the things we are thankful for.  Having students create crafts and pictures of turkeys makes for fun activities and there’s always the wonderful writing prompt: “What are you thankful for?” But there are other things students can write about […]

Blackout Poetry and Summarizing

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Tweet I taught a lesson on summarizing text in my class yesterday. We did it a pretty traditional way using a great program my fourth grade team purchased that focuses on differentiating the teaching of the reading comprehension strategies.  (Comprehension Strategies Kit by Sundance) The class and I looked at a short fictional text and […]

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April: Jazz and Poems

Tweet Daffodils start sprouting, Rain comes showering down, A joke, a stroke of laughter And then there’s snow, a frown. A jazzy rhythm’s happen’n And poems fill the air April’s now upon us There’s so much to do, to share! I’ve come to realize how much I really love April.  Not just because it sends […]

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kick stART to arts integration

Tweet The other day I held a short workshop in my school district on arts integration.  I called it a kick stART because it was a chance to learn or remember what it means to truly integrate the arts as well as learn and share  ideas for how to do that.  We looked at various […]

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Literacy and the Arts

Tweet This month my focus has been on the parallels between music and literacy.  However, music is not the only art that can be integrated with literacy.  Drama, movement and visual art can as well. Think about the elements of a story.  Each of these art forms tells a story.  In theatre, a story comes […]

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Music IS Language

Tweet “Music is the universal language of mankind.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Ask any musician or music lover and they will agree that music, is in and of itself, a language.  You can be literate in music.   And once this happens whether you become literate in reading, writing, creating or listening to music, a […]

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ESL, Literacy and Jazz

Tweet Judy DeFilippo supervises student teachers getting their MATESL degree at Simmons College and is an ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist.  She has authored and co-authored numerous textbooks for ESL students including So to Speak 1 and 2, Grammar Plus, and Great Dictations.  All her books are available on Amazon. Over the years, Judy […]

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Lyrics and Literacy

Tweet Oddly enough, it’s been almost an entire month of writing about music and literacy and I haven’t even mentioned lyrics in music! Well, now is the time. Of course lyrics are a natural connection music has to literacy. They are authentic texts!  Composers and song writers go through their own creative writing process to […]

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Active Listening Time – A Vehicle for the Music-Literacy Connection

Tweet Over the last weeks, I have received many emails, a few comments and some personal inquiries into active listening time. In nearly each post in this series I’ve highlighted how this time allows me to make connections between music and literacy every day with my students. Whether it be visualization and reading, listening for […]

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The BME Rule

Tweet If there is one thing my students learn before they leave me to move onto the next teacher, it’s the BME Rule.  I have a sign in my classroom that states: “The BME Rule – All Good Writing is Following It!” It has to do with the fact that all good pieces of writing […]

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Visualization in Music and Writing

Tweet In my last post, I wrote about how visualization using music can help students build their visualization in reading.  In this post, I want to explore the possibilities of using musical visualization to prompt good writing. Being able to allow students to imagine their story, repeat it in their minds, and “walk around” their […]

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