Wednesday, 13 May 2015

When Is Your Birthday - Lyric Correction Mission

Today we wrapped up our topic called "When is your birthday?" The topic is all about months, dates (ordinal numbers) and special days such as birthdays , festivals and more. I wanted to try something fun and different so I decided to do a Lyric Correction Mission...

First, I found a song about our topic - a perfect song for any lesson about months and days is by 'Kids 123' which is called "Days of the Month Song" - which I found quickly on YouTube.


After that I listened to the song and typed out the lyrics, here they are:


Days in the Months Song
There are thirty days in September, April June and November 
All the rest have thirty one except February

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty nine
In other years twenty eight
There are thirty days in September, April June and November 
All the rest have thirty one except February

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty nine
In other years twenty eight
Now add them all up 
what have you got?
The number of days in a year
In a leap year three six six
But most of the time
Three hundred sixty five

After writing these out I copied and pasted them into a new word doc and made a few changes. I made 11 mistakes total. Here's my lyrics with errors:

Days in the Months Song
There are thirty days in Septem, April June and December 
All the rest have thirty three except Febbruary

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty two
In other years eighteen
There are thirty days in September, April June and November 
All the rest don’t have thirty one except February

Now February has a changing number of days
In a leap year twenty nine
In other years twenty eight
Now add them all down 
what have you got?
The of days in a year
In a leap year three six four
But most of the time
Three thirty sixty five


You'll probably notice the mistakes quickly. 
So in class my students were handed a copy of the lyrics with errors each. 
I told them "You're mission is to find the mistakes and correct them! Make the changes!" 
Next, I played them the song twice only and rewarded the student who could find the most mistakes with a small gift from our treasure bin. There was one student who found 10 , shy of 1, but on average the students could find at least 6.

I showed, on the projector the correct lyrics and I highlighted the corrections in red like so:



I suggest doing this as a mid-way warm up during any unit, you can use any song that they know or don't know. I think, if your students know the song well enough - you could let them correct without listening first and only after play the song. It's a nice way to practice reading, spelling and listening.

Total time : 5-6 minutes. 

Happy Teaching! 

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