Thursday, June 12, 2008

We Didn't Start the Fire

I read this article “We Didn’t Start the Fire” which reminded me that I never taught this lesson that I wanted to do for years. I have loved this song since it came out and knew that it could be a great teaching tool. Unfortunately when life gets in the way of my job, I put this on the back burner and didn’t come back up for air until I saw this post. I think the lyrics of this song can be used in so many ways.

I also found a great video about using this in the classroom and a page with links to information on the various events and people mentioned in the song. :



Another great part of this is linking music to learning. Anyone who sang their ABCs knows that music helps with learning. I think this also opens the door to so many interesting things that our students have no clue about but it helps to introduce the lesson.

Each student can do an individual project by studying one event or person mentioned in the song and then presents this information to the class. Or you could look at each one as a class lesson.
Lessons can turn into English, Geography, History, Science, Art, or Music lesson. I love how this can be used across the curriculum. This also would be appropriate for students of different abilities and strengths.

2 comments:

Melanie said...

What an awesome video! Makes me almost wish to teach high school so that I could do a similar project with a history class. I reblogged your post on my tumblr.

loonyhiker said...

Melanie: I wonder if you couldn't do a "lite" history lesson for an upper elementary level class. Thanks for reblogging it