Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels!
Well, I've written several blog articles using kiddie lit to help teach the Common Core Standards, as well as class-made books and art activities. I thought is there a song that children know that I can use to teach Common Core?
That got me to thinking of what song do most children know? Old MacDonald came to mind, and as soon as I sang E-I-E-I-O, I thought of vowels! So, the Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels song-booklet was born.
It's 7 pages and covers the Common Core State Standards:RF.K1a, RF.K1b, RF.K1c, RF.K3b, RF.K3c, RL.K.10 woo hoo!
As I stated above, because most children are familiar with the tune of Old MacDonald, this booklet is a fun way to guide them into learning about long and short vowels.
In case you have some children who are from other countries and cultures, or live here and are not familiar with Old MacDonald, obtain a picture book of the original as well as a CD of the song.
Introduce both to your students, so that you can also compare and contrast the two. Get the wiggles out by having children choose an animal and prance around for a few minutes as animals, before you get down to business, then begin your lesson.
You should already have introduced vowels to your students and done letter sorting between consonants and vowels with them. I have several activities, posters, puzzles, and packets that you can obtain lessons for this. Simply click on my Vowel link.
Students are able to read the repetitious simple sentences, because they are filled with common Dolch sight words.
The pictures help them guess the new words that begin with the long or short vowel sound that they repeat to the tune of Old MacDonald.
Cutting and gluing a matching picture helps them practice much-needed fine motor skills, which makes this a nice independent reading center or Daily 5 activity.
Instead of the familiar E-I-E-I-O of the old favorite, children are learning all of their vowels by repeating them through out the story-song: A-E-I-O-U.
Animals and songs are favorites with children; combine them, and you have a winning combination for learning!
Click on the link to view/download Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels
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