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Singing to Teach Reading: Decoding, Fluency & Expression

Reading & Singing in Grade 5

If you were a fly on my classroom wall this week you would have heard my students singing the Go’s-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” … and yes, it was for academic purposes 😉

For the past few weeks I have been searching for fun ways to practice oral reading (decoding as well as reading/modeling fluency, proper phrasing and expression). Well, the other day I was googling Fun Boy Three’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” and noticed that one of the videos on YouTube was “lyrics only”. As I read (& sung!) along it dawned on me: Why not have the kids practise reading with fluency, appropriate phrasing, etc. by showing them the video (see below) on the SmartBoard and having read/sing along?

The song’s message is a good one too. It provided a great springboard for a Class Meeting discussion about rumours, gossip and strategies (e.g. the power of silence & confidence).

Well, the students loved the lesson and have asked to do more of the same. So now I am on the hunt for fun songs … with appropriate lyrics!

Anyway, just thought I’d share!



Our Lips Are Sealed
1. Go-Go’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3kQlzOi27M
2. Fun Boy Three performance (my fav!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqQT3oKA3v8&feature=related
3. For a contemporary spin: Hilary and Haylie Duff’s cover
cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGRPCruvmaE
4. Lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwoiicch0Qs

Another current favourite has turned out to be songs by “Owl City”: