Ahhh jingles. Those lovely little tunes that go round and round in your head and stay with you looong after you need them. Some jingles we never needed in the first place. I can recite the address and hours of the Shane Co. (located at 96th street and Hague Rd, just east of I-65...I could go on.) -- a place where I have never visited. If you are ever in a carpet emergency, you want me by your side! The Empire Today phone number is forever seared into my brain.
Teachers have been taking this brain-devouring aspect of jingles and using it to their advantage for decades -- perhaps even centuries. Today, we began memorizing the Shurley Method Parts of Speech Jingles. I learned these short songs and chants when I was in elementary school, and their power has withstood the test of time. These jingles define each part of speech, give examples, and remind us what questions to ask to find each part of speech. You can listen to them here:
After singing and chanting a few rounds of the noun, verb, adjective, and adverb chants, we played a sentence creation game. A group of 4 came to the front, each standing in front of either a adj, noun, verb, and adverb card (in that order). One at a time, the students gave a word, and a complete sentence was made. One of the most popular sentences from this activity was "Weird frogs vomit loudly." Adjective, Noun, Verb, Adverb. Get it? Now imagine Alexis demonstrating this sentence by hopping and saying "Rib-blleeeeggghhhh." They had fun. After one sentence was made, the group of 4 would rotate and make another sentence until each person had a chance to "be" each part of speech.
Little people, big minds.