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I started teaching French and English more than 20 years ago. I soon realized how much more fun and effective my lessons were by using lots of songs, movement and role-playing. Students still return and sing the songs! I am a singer, using guitar and piano to compose. There is also lots of hand percussion for students to play along when we sing the songs. I am also a school counselor- songs are the perfect way to uplift and build community.

I started teaching French and English more than 20 years ago. I soon realized how much more fun and effective my lessons were by using lots of songs, movement and role-playing. Students still return and sing the songs! I am a singer, using guitar and piano to compose. There is also lots of hand percussion for students to play along when we sing the songs. I am also a school counselor- songs are the perfect way to uplift and build community.
Song: Elle viendra (CD- Chantez avec nous)
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Song: Elle viendra (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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This song is a gem for Total Physical Response approach to learn: Days of the week, aller + Infinitif, futur (venir, rentrer), activities (monter à cheval, chanter à l’opera, faire des croque-monsieurs, porter une belle robe, faire une grande fête, la grasse matinée) Act them out and draw them. And there's a memory challenge to keep everyone on their toes! For the adventurous, different hand instruments can be played to accompany each verse as solos or small group! MS students love this. (1-8)
Song: Mon bon ami (CD- Chantez avec nous)
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Song: Mon bon ami (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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An activity song that is a great coordination builder as they learn names of several countries, some objects and a wee bit of passé composé. For each object they do a movement and keep it going while adding on the next ones! Hence- 'les fous comme vous!' Grammar- des Pays Bas, du Nepal, du Mozambique, du Japon, du Brésil, du Pérou, m'a apporté (1-7)
French Songs CD - CHANTEZ AVEC NOUS
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French Songs CD - CHANTEZ AVEC NOUS

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9 fun songs to learn and reinforce French (K-6) Lots of echo-ing, repetition, movements, and musical interest Listen to samples at cdbaby.com/cd/lauragioshmarkov Individual songs also posted Allons amis: Nous form of -er verbs, vocabulary: garcons, filles, la montagne, la foret, en bas, en haut, du matin, jusqu'au soir, Jusqu'a la fin de cette chanson Create areas in the room that correspond to the text and move! Debout, alertes, joyeux: Pat, clap, snap, hands up. Take away a word each time and keep the movements going! Elle viendra (de la montagne): Days of the week, aller + Infinitif, activities, memory challenge Marchons tous: Nous form -er verbs, a canon to challenge! J'aime la montagne: Move to areas/objects in room to reinforce vocab. A counter melody for interest Qui peut faire: 'je peux' 'je ne peux pas' Trad. French Les fourmis marchent: Create a military march for this! Le bebe does something different each verse (voir la lune, boire un peu, faire caca, va chez le psychiatre, jouer comme un dingue, boire un jus de cassis, faire la fete, voire la suite, manger un oeuf, faire un bis). Mon bon ami: partitif + country- des Pays Bas, du Nepal, du Mozambique, du Japon, du Bresil, du Perou; passe compose (m'a apporte), des chaussures en bois, un cheval, un elastique, des bon-bons, un trompe l'oeil, des fous comme vous. Clomp, rock, stretch hands, chew, and blink - all at once!- for fun movement challenge for each country. La randonnée- objects to pack for camping, N, S, E, W (original text/song) Workbook- La randonnee also available
Song: One Heart  (CD- Flower Power)
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Song: One Heart (CD- Flower Power)

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Perfect for reviewing body parts (eyes, ears, arms, legs, hands feet, toes, fingers, heart, head, nose, belly button). (K-1/2, Resource) Movement: Kids point to the parts for verse 1, use gestures for verse 2. For the bridge, they point again, and tap their hearts as the heartbeat beats. During the instrumental part, a dance break!
Song: Marchons tous (CD- Chantez avec nous)
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Song: Marchons tous (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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This song is simple but challenges students to recognize the difference in the repeat of the melody. Simple gestures for each part of the phrases reinforces the language and helps maintain independence during the canon. 2nd graders can do the canon with help, and it's a great challenge for older students to keep their place! (1-6)
Song: Les fourmis marchent (CD- Chantez avec nous)
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Song: Les fourmis marchent (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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The Ants Go Marching: The choreographers in the class can create a simple marching pattern, then clear the floor so they can add on a student for each verse! Le bébé can be played by a student who loves to get lots of attention! Beginners can sing on some parts while following along, and more advanced kids can practice their fluency on verses. TPR opportunity a-plenty, and drawing the baby's activities Grammar- ils marchent (ils continuent) compared to il marche (il continue) Le bébé s’arrête pour voir la lune, boire un peu, faire caca, va chez le psychiatre, jouer comme un dingue, boire un jus de cassis, faire la fête, voir la suite, manger un oeuf, faire un bis Ils continuent en bas dans la terre echapper la pluie. A great Friday afternoon pick-me-up!
Song: Qui peut faire (CD- Chantez avec nous)
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Song: Qui peut faire (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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A traditional French folk song riddle that gets kids thinking about how one can do those things. TPR for: faire de la voile, ramer, quitter Qui peut faire? Je peux, je ne peux pas *The original doesn't use 'pas' but I have put it for students to know the correct structure
Song: Personal Spaces (CD- I Can Communicate)
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Song: Personal Spaces (CD- I Can Communicate)

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What kids need to know about respecting Personal Spaces. Inspired by Julia Cook's "Personal Space Camp" The verses are more of a rap, while the chorus is sung. (K-4) Movement- Simple movements for the chorus: arms out to show the space around the student; Hands up in the air then point to the feet; Hands skim up the body to the sides of the face; Hold index finger out to make the point for the last line. (Kids usually come up with their own movements, too.)
Song: J'aime la montagne (CD- Chantez avec nous)
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Song: J'aime la montagne (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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This song lends itself to TPR* and the countermelody keeps it interesting. Even Kindergartners can pick it up using the actions and dancing to "Boom-di-ada" parts! La montagne, les petites collines, les arbres, les fleurs, être près du feu quand c’est la fin du jour * Total Physical Response
Song: La randonnée (CD- Chantez avec nous)
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Song: La randonnée (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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Objects for camping are easily learned in this song, as kids act them out, draw them, pack them up, do treasure hunts- whatever you can dream up! Un sac de couchage, un pull, un chapeau, un ciré, du chocolat, les sandwichs, de l'eau, une crème solaire, une tente, des chaussettes, une boussole, une lampe de poche, des allumettes, au nord, au sud, à l'est, à l'ouest Activity- Older students can put up tents, make a fire and sing the other 'Chantez avec nous' songs while they eat hot dogs and marshmallows!
Workbook: 'La Randonnee' for 'Chantez avec nous' French songs CD
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Workbook: 'La Randonnee' for 'Chantez avec nous' French songs CD

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This workbook (27 pp)- La randonnee- accompanies the 'Chantez avec nous' CD of French songs. The songs were inspired by our school camping trips! Each of the 9 song texts is written out and illustrated with wonderful artwork to easily learn the vocabulary as you sing along. An activity to review and reinforce the vocabulary and grammar follows on the opposite page. (See 2 sample songs- Elle viendra, Mon bon ami) A delight to look at and review over and over as the songs echo in your head! TPR Movements: Allons amis- Marching and acting out the simple verses, as students echo each line. Debout, alertes, joyeux- Do the movements shown as you sing along. Continue each gesture as you take away a word each time. It starts slow, then speeds up! Elle viendra de la montagne- each verse describes what 'she' does each day of the week. Students can repeat these movements, and even play the different instruments for each verse! Marchons tous ensemble- A simple movement pattern will help reinforce the singing when the second voice comes in for the canon. J'aime la montagne- Kids can think up their own gestures for each vocabulary word, and dance moves for the simple counter melody lines (j'aime and boom-di-ah-da) The counter melodies offer a fun challenge for all levels of students. Les fourmis marchent- Le bebe is finding all kinds of things to do. Kids love creating a march to this old favorite, and the baby gets them doing all kinds of practical things- boire, manger, faire caca, aller chez le psychiatre, etc. Mon bon ami- each verse has a gesture (see drawings) that must be continued as the new gestures are added on! This is so silly and fun, kids want to do it over and over till they finally coordinate it all! La randonnee- Kids learned many important objects to pack for our camping trip. Use the actual objects or have kids create gestures. For the final part, with directions, kids create simple choreography to show N, S, E, W.
Song: Allons amis (CD Chantez avec nous)
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Song: Allons amis (CD Chantez avec nous)

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Allons amis: Create pictures and areas in the room that correspond to the text and move! (1-7) Vocabulaire: Allons amis, garçons, filles, la forêt, la montagne Nous marchons, nous chantons Du matin jusqu’au soir en bas, en haut Nous sommes les fous Nous restons heureux ici Jusqu’à la fin de cette chanson Melody-Oh When the Saints
French Song: Le p'tit chaton (CD- Flower Power)
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French Song: Le p'tit chaton (CD- Flower Power)

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A French kitten sings about sitting on your front mat, cleaning itself up, what it likes and doesn't like. Lots of practice purring in French to develop a great "rrrrr" sound! (1-5) Kids can act out the story with gestures. Sample on cdbaby.com/giosh
Song: Song of Peace (CD- I Can Communicate)
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Song: Song of Peace (CD- I Can Communicate)

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This song can be pulled out at any time, since kids only need to listen and repeat one word at a time - "PEACE" in 15 different languages! Good for Peace Day and Assemblies. I can sing a Song of Peace to the world! (K-5)
Music Album - I CAN COMMUNICATE!
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Music Album - I CAN COMMUNICATE!

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How to communicate feelings? These songs are a fun way to learn some essentials! I Can Communicate- basic emotion training and body language! (K-2) Call and response format Caring and Sharing- I can change the world by caring and sharing! (K-2) I Took a Risk- Yes, it can be scary but let's have some fun! (K-2) Personal Spaces- This was inspired by the book "Personal Space Camp" by Julia Cook (1-4) Song of Peace- 'Peace' in 14 different languages. Call & Response format makes it easy for classroom and assemblies (1-5) Goodbye Train- A busy day at school can finish with an upbeat song (and a final spelling lesson- GOODBYE and FRIENDS!) (1-4)
Song: Fingers and Toes (CD Flower Power)
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Song: Fingers and Toes (CD Flower Power)

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Count to 20 with Fingers and Toes! Rhythmic counting that is easy to follow, the verse repeats without my voice for kids to sing and test themselves. (K-1, and Resource) Activities: Students trace their hands and feet and write the numbers on their own digits! Movement: Hands up in the air while rocking forward, hands point down to feet rocking back. hold up fingers and point to toes while counting, crouch down for "Fingers and Toes a-plenty" and jump up at the end.
Song: Fish with a Wish (CD- Fun2BSongs)
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Song: Fish with a Wish (CD- Fun2BSongs)

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Learn the names of the planets and count down 10 to 1 as this fish gets his wish.... (K-4) Best when used with a science unit on the planets to learn their names and placement, talk about lack of gravity. Activity: Students simulate getting ready for take off, count down and blast off, then float around 'weightlessly' as they call out the planets' names. The first part of the song repeats and students can echo the melody after the voice.
Song: I Can Communicate (CD- I Can Communicate)
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Song: I Can Communicate (CD- I Can Communicate)

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Emotional Intelligence! Sad, Angry, Happy- I Can Communicate with my voice and with my face- and sometimes with my body! This song models different tones of voice and gives kids a chance to act it out in the verse, and also in the chorus while echoing.