Friday, November 12, 2010

This Land is Your Land... this song is an earworm.. and it has been stuck in my head for 3 weeks!! HELP!

My 5th graders have been working on a unit about Woodie Guthrie... exciting right? I was so worried it would be meaningless and difficult to build knowledge around this topic. Aimee and I worked on another edusymphony in order to build vocab and background knowledge.. and it worked WONDERS!! The kids were SO excited about Woodie Guthrie, the Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl... who knew? Technology can make such a difference in motivation and inspiration it is almost unbelievable!

Haha.. anyways... at the end of the unit, we decided to make a music video to Woodie Guthrie's most famous song "This Land is Your Land". We used Movie Maker to do this and the kids were so excited about their final product. The thing I'm having trouble with is trying to fit all of the fun technology projects into my short block with the kids in addition to intervention. It isn't always the most organized scene, but they have a good time and hopefully take some inspiration and knowledge away from it. Enjoy the music video below! Hopefully it won't be stuck in your head for the rest of the day!

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