Image via WikipediaBrowsing through one of my favorite blogs, Mental Floss, I came across something I had actually bookmarked quite awhile ago and forgot about. A few YouTube videos from Sesame Street that have celebrities reciting the alphabet are aggregated here and the start of the school year seems to be a great time to dust this off and share some ways primary teachers can use these in their classrooms. The videos include celebrities Lena Horne, Billy Joel, Lou Rawls, Richard Pryor, Judy Collins, Paul Simon and even Jackie Robinson to name a few. Here's just a few:
It's Not Just Rote Learning
So, what you can you do with these? You can just show them to your students then have them all choral chant the alphabet, but that's NOT WHAT I WOULD DO. Here are a few suggestions off the top of my head:
- First share them with your students. These videos are playing through the Mental Floss blog. However if the blog is blocked and/or if YouTube is blocked at your school, you'll not be able to stream directly. So here's what you can do and it takes just a few minutes:
- From home or an unblocked computer, stream the video (when it ends you'll see a share URL/link or go directly to YouTube and find the video. Copy the sharing URL (see screenshot).
- Now go to Zamzar. No need to register or log in.
- Click on URL in Step 1 (see screenshot). (NOTE: Usually an annoying ad pops up at this point. Just close it.)
- Now enter the URL that you copied from YouTube, choose the video format, enter your email address and click "convert." (See screenshot.)
- Now put the video on a flashdrive and bring it to school to share withC your students.
A transparent classroom is a happy place to be. Students and parents are happy, administrators are happy and lots of learning takes place. There's lots of language development that comes out of collaborative work. If your students learn the alphabet along the way, that's great too!
What are some other ways you can see using these in primary classrooms?