I absolutely LOVE using music! I think it can help keep students focused and relaxed while working, I also think it’s great for classroom management, and I think it’s a wonderful motivator for students! Let’s face it… MUSIC can be quite MAGICAL in the classroom.
However, for today’s post I am going to focus on how I use music to teach my students all about MOOD. You see mood is one of those abstract concepts that can be quite tricky to understand. That’s why I decided to use music in the first place. You see my students were having a hard time identifying mood in texts. So I decided to begin with music, something we are all familiar with. I also think that for kids it might be easier to “feel” mood in music. Especially since many of us choose music to listen to depending on how we are feeling at the moment.
The last time I did this activity with my class I used the following song choices:
The children LOVED this activity! They even asked if we could do it again another day.
Now that we had a better understanding of MOOD in music, the next day we tried our hand at MOOD in a short text. I started off by giving my students a few sentences and asking them to circle any feeling words or words that would stir up emotions. Then in the faces below I had them draw what they thought each character looked like at that moment. Finally, on the line they wrote a positive or negative mood word.
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I absolutely LOVE this website. It has famous actors and actresses reading popular and quality storybooks aloud. However, they don’t just read the book, it actually seems as if they are acting out each book with their voices. (Great lesson on intonation for children!)
Now it’s your turn… How do you use music or teach mood in your classroom?