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Activities for Music in Our Schools Month

These suggestions were contributed by MENC members from around the United States.


  • Middle school students in Little Hocking, Ohio enjoyed a lecture and concert on opera, performed by a guest tenor, as well as a string trio performance. Fifth graders also presented a musical with a patriotic theme.
  • Trinity Lutheran Nursery School in Park Forest, Illinois had fun with such activities as singing, coloring pictures of musical instruments, and moving to the World's Largest Concert.
  • Glen Acres Elementary in Lafayette, Indiana had the attention of their hometown as they presented a televised 15-minute presentation on how their school was celebrating Music In Our Schools Month. During their presentation, students gave interviews on MIOSM and sang for the cameras.
  • In Tucson, Arizona students at Harriet Johnson Primary School learned about each of the fifty states and mapped the location of the schools that participated in the concert broadcast.
  • String students at Wintergreen Elementary School in Greenville, North Carolina wrote their very own musical compositions, and the band students played a joint concert with students from a neighboring school.
  • In Leesburg, Virginia at Evergreen Mill Elementary School, over 225 parents attended music class with their children for one week.
  • Franklin Monroe Elementary in Arcanum, Ohio held a Grandparent Day Sing Along and Game Show called, "Who Wants to Be a Patriotic Citizen?"
  • Sixth grade choir members at Douglas Middle School in Douglas, Wyoming celebrated MIOSM by writing announcements about MIOSM which were aired on local radio stations.
  • Students and guests from Yulee Elementary School in Yulee, Florida were treated to a performance by members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
  • Students from Jim Stone Elementary in Conway, Arkansas joined their voices with students from across the state in a sing-along at the state capitol.
  • Parents, teachers, and friends of Black Fox Elementary in Cleveland, Tennessee displayed their musical talents for students on "Musicians Among Us Day!" Students also put their best efforts into a school-wide poetry contest. The theme for the poems was "Make Music, America! 2000."
  • At Rolling Green Elementary in Urbandale, Iowa , a percussionist specializing in steel drums served as artist-in-residence for one week in March. The program was partially funded through a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
  • At Longs Creek Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas each student created a leaf, with their family's favorite songs on it, to hang on the musical family tree.
  • At Walnut Elementary School in Emporia, Kansas students integrated technology by enjoying software and Internet activities to augment learning about the WLC songs.

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Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!


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