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Using Music in the Classroom!

Parents and Preschool teachers often hear how playing classical music can potentially increase a child's ability to reason and think and may even increase a child's IQ.  When thinking about this early in my teaching carrier, I often wondered if any of these thoughts toward using music could also benefit students of all ages - even up into High School level?

What I found among my Inner-City High School students lead me to believe that students of all ages can and do benefit from the increase exposure of music in their daily lives. 

When I first started experimenting with using music in my High School Science Classroom, I used traditional classical music. 


At first, my students protested, but I found that with increased exposure, the complaints decreased and soft music provided a wonderful environment during laboratory experiments, and other group work situations.  
After a few weeks, I began introducing more new-age type music, Yanni being my favorite.  I was always careful to use music without words and ones that would instill a calm atmosphere.

After about a semester, I began to wonder why I was only using music without lyrics. I then began experimenting with different Disney themed CDs.  Because my students were now very used to having background music during much of their science work, they easily adapted to the vocal tracks and were not distracted - in fact, many sang along quietly as they worked in their small groups.
Walt Disney Movies and Cartoons
My inner-city students (ages 14+) never protested the Disney CDs - this surprised me.  However, they did ask that the door be closed so that they were not teased by other students in the school. 

As a High School teacher, I never originally thought my students would enjoy having music in their Science Classroom.  I was wrong, and I encourage all educators to experiment with school appropriate music in their classroom.  You may be just as surprised as I was about how easily music can be included in any classroom.

If you are looking for more great ideas, please visit the next blog on this blog hop, written by Chelsea Allen! She shares some great tips on avoiding junky student desks.  
 


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Check out Our Newest Science Task Card Bundle!!

Do your students need extra practice with
The Scientific Method?  
Microscopes?  Measurement? Lab Safety?

Then this Science Task Card Bundle is a
'must have' for your Science Classroom:

This bundle includes the following 4 Task Card Sets: The Scientific Method, Scientific Measurement, the Microscope, and Laboratory Safety. Details about each set can be found below.  

Along with each of the 4 sets of 32 Task cards, there are 3 blank Task Cards, student direction cards, Student Answer Sheets and Teacher Answer sheet/Guides.
 
Scientific Method Task Cards for Middle and High School
This set of 32 Scientific Method Task Cards will provide Middle and High School Students with Review and Reinforcement of the concepts found while studying the Scientific Method. The following concepts are covered in this set of Task Cards: Collecting Data, Theory, Inference, Data Tables, Hypothesis, Observations, Steps of the Scientific Method, Controlled Experiments, Dependent Variables, Independent Variables, Control Group, Writing a Hypothesis, Sample Size, Conclusions, Error, Experimental Results.
 

Microscope Task Cards for Middle and High School
This set of 32 Microscope Task Cards will provide Middle and High School Students with Review and Reinforcement of the concepts found while studying Laboratory Procedures. The following concepts are covered in this set of Task Cards: Parts of the Microscope, Field of View, Measurement, Microscope Safety, Magnification, Focus, Observations, Total Magnification, Resolution, Wet Mount Preparation, Leeuwenhoek.


Scientific Measurement Task Cards for Middle and High School
This set of 32 Scientific Measurement Task Cards will provide Middle and High School Students with Review and Reinforcement of the concepts found while studying Laboratory Procedures. The following concepts are covered in this set of Task Cards: Metric System, Length, Ruler, Graduated Cylinder, Volume, Measurement Conversions, Temperature, Celsius Scale, Thermometer, Triple-beam Balance, Weight, Time, Lab Tools, Displacement.
 

Laboratory Safety Task Cards for Middle and High School
This set of 32 Laboratory Safety Task Cards will provide Middle and High School Students with Review and Reinforcement of the concepts found while studying Laboratory Procedures. The following concepts are covered in this set of Task Cards: identifying dangerous activities in the lab, identifying safety equipment, chemical spills, heating methods, eye care, safety symbols, safety procedures, broken glassware, fire safety, movement of equipment, post-lab clean-up, laboratory instructions.


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