How many of you grew up with Lolly, Conjunction Junction, and I’m Just a Bill? I know I definitely did! Then I used the videos teaching fourth grade, especially those on History Rock. Now, I get to share them with my own eight and five year olds. I found some great resources here: http://www.openculture.com/2012/12/schoolhouse_rock_at_40_still_fabulous_and_rocking_on.html, from a post about SHR’s birthday. It got me thinking: the reason these were so popular, obviously, was not because of the content, but the way they would get lodged in your head. How many of you can sing Three is a Magic Number? Or Interplanet Janet? And you actually learned something from them.
So why do we not make more of these with our students? Especially now with the Common Core–you could share them with kids all over the Country. You just need a digital camera, or maybe a tablet, some free video editing software, some recording software (Audacity?) or a voice recorder app, and you are set. Get those kids to memorize and problem solve!
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