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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Earth Day - What a Wonderful World


As part of our Earth Day celebration, my class listens to Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World. I LOVE this song.  After we listen to the music (laying on our backs with our eyes closed) at least 2  times, we generate a list of pictures we could draw to illustrate the song.  I then ask for volunteers for each idea.  This year, I printed the lyrics right on watercolor paper.  I will give each child one page and have them illustrate their page with crayons. They will then use diluted watercolors to paint over the whole page.  It really does make a beautiful book.  Some years I have put a pocket page on the back of our book for a cd of the song.  I then send the book home each night with a different child.
This is the google doc of this year's book: What a Wonderful World Book.  If you have trouble uploading it, please email me and I will send you the word document.

8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful idea! I literally smiled when I read this. That song is classic and it is great to provide kids with exposure to different genres. Hopefully when I get my very own classroom I can use this idea :) God Bless you for sharing :)

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    1. Patrice- Thanks so much for your sweet comment...and good luck with your own classroom :)

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  2. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. :) I am so happy I discovered your blog.

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    2. Thanks. We just finished the book today. The kids will be so happy when I play the music and show them the pictures tomorrow.

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  3. I'm not able to upload it. Could you email me the word document still? I'm at niklbrown@yahoo.com. Thanks, Nikki

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    1. Hi Nikki,
      I just sent it to you.
      Lyn

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  4. Thank you for sharing! Love this idea and am going to try it tomorrow!!

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