Student Written State Songs

After my last post about writing basic short vowel songs with students, I wanted to show you how  students can write their own songs using a lyric template in the upper elementary grades. Please check out my page about student written state songs to learn how to use a song template with your students. This lesson will allow them to practice summarizing, writing, cooperative learning, and fluency, in addition to learning content information about their state. Happy singing!


Student Written Short Vowel Songs

Today I am going to start sharing some ways to use songs when working at a more basic level in reading. I have often used songs to increase reading fluency, even at the word level. Word fluency work begins with CVC words, so I will be sharing some short vowel songs that you can try with your students. The songs and activities can be found under the reading and language arts tab in the song lyrics section. There is one song for each of the vowels to get you started. Also, I’ll show you how to create your own short vowel songs using a song template and word cards which will have students actively involved. This is a great reading group activity, and I’ll explain how you can turn this into a game for even more fun. Happy singing!

The Food Plate

While glancing around the internet looking for new, healthy recipes for my toddler, I came across the website It has lots of great resources for eating healthy, and I started thinking about a song that would help students remember the categories on the food plate. I can remember part of a song about the good old food pyramid from my own elementary days, and I started playing around with a new version. I hope you and your students enjoy this new song, the food plate, located in the science songs section. Under the song, I have a version with blanks which students can fill in with their own examples of foods from each group. I’d love to hear other ways that you teach about the food plate. Happy singing!

choose my plate

Music Accompaniment

When I write songs, I always try to piggyback songs that I think all students and teachers will know. My main focus when singing in the classroom is to promote fluency and content learning, not to take time to learn a new song. I have never used accompaniment when singing with students, mostly because I hate trying to find the track on the cd or the correct link on the computer. Now, that being said, there are many times when I’m off key, but fortunately (or unfortunately for those listening to my singing) I’m not self-conscious around kids.

I’m sure some of you would like to have music to sing with at times, and I came across a website called Kids Sing, Garden of Songs that has the music to many of the songs that I use here. I hope it is helpful. If you have any music accompaniment websites you like to use, let me know! Happy singing!

Welcome to Songs to Teach

I’m so excited to get started with my new website! My goal is for this to be a place for teachers to find educational songs to use with students. Also, you will be able to share songs you are writing for and with students. If you have ideas about song topics you would like to see or resources that would help you use singing and song writing in the classroom, just ask! I’d love to hear from you! Happy singing…