Music Album - I CAN COMMUNICATE!

Music Album - I CAN COMMUNICATE!

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)
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Song: La randonnée (CD- Chantez avec nous)

Song: La randonnée (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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!
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Song: Mon bon ami (CD- Chantez avec nous)

Song: Mon bon ami (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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)
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Song: Personal Spaces (CD- I Can Communicate)

Song: Personal Spaces (CD- I Can Communicate)

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.)
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Song: Song of Peace (CD- I Can Communicate)

Song: Song of Peace (CD- I Can Communicate)

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)
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Song: J'aime la montagne (CD- Chantez avec nous)

Song: J'aime la montagne (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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
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Song: Qui peut faire (CD- Chantez avec nous)

Song: Qui peut faire (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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
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Song: Elle viendra (CD- Chantez avec nous)

Song: Elle viendra (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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)
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Song: Les fourmis marchent (CD- Chantez avec nous)

Song: Les fourmis marchent (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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!
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Song: Allons amis (CD Chantez avec nous)

Song: Allons amis (CD Chantez avec nous)

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
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Song: Marchons tous (CD- Chantez avec nous)

Song: Marchons tous (CD- Chantez avec nous)

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)
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Song: One Heart  (CD- Flower Power)

Song: One Heart (CD- Flower Power)

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!
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French Song: Le p'tit chaton (CD- Flower Power)

French Song: Le p'tit chaton (CD- Flower Power)

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
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Song: Fish with a Wish (CD- Fun2BSongs)

Song: Fish with a Wish (CD- Fun2BSongs)

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.
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Song: Fingers and Toes (CD Flower Power)

Song: Fingers and Toes (CD Flower Power)

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.
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Song: I Can Communicate (CD- I Can Communicate)

Song: I Can Communicate (CD- I Can Communicate)

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.
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