Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Watch Author Michael Dahl Share Ghost Stories, Writing Tips & More In This Cantata Learning Meet & Greet!

Yesterday we hosted author extraordinaire...
Michael Dahl as our second...
People In Your Community Meet and Greet with Cantata Learning.

For these Meet and Greets, we are hosting them on Google Hangout so everyone can tune in each week.
Michael has written dozens of books for children and young adults including...
... Bedtime for Batman, one of our new favorites, and...
Cantata Learning's Albert Is Just Fine, Mrs. Einstein, which you can listen and sing along here!   
For our Meet and Greets we are connecting with one school library or classroom LIVE and this week my dear friend....
...Karyn Lewis and her 6th graders in Katy, Texas were our special guests.
We loved it when Michael told us,

There are lots of types of writing. We need a variety of writing such as writing music and lyrics, books, graphic novels, writing the manual for games and many more.  
To be a writer, you need to spend time surrounded by the things that inspire you, which is exactly what Michael does in his office everyday.
He showed us a board full of inspiration including a Sing Your Lessons With Cantata Learning poster.

The students enjoyed seeing all of these things.
We all loved it when Michael started sharing his own books like the Igor's Lab of Fear series from Capstone.
 There are four titles in Igor's Lab of Fear.  
 You will find all four of these titles on the Capstone site here.
As Michael was talking about getting his inspiration in writing ghost stories through research in Texas, another one of our teacher librarian friends...
 ...Michelle Griffith and her 3rd graders in Lake Jackson, Texas sent out a tweet with a picture.
I tweeted them right back to see if they wanted to ask Michael a question too.

And boy....did they have a great one!
Now we can't wait to see what ghost books Michael will write next knowing that he does lots of his ghost research in Texas.  
You and your students can watch Michael Dahl too by clicking on this link.

It was so much fun and one you won't want to miss!
And remember, don't miss the other five People In Your Community Meet and Greets including Jason De Baca, Chef,
Dr. Alpa Patel, Optometrist,
Emily Arrow, Singer and Songwriter,
 Nick Hobson, Bike Mechanic and Instructor,
and Ryan McClintock, Iowa Farmer...and my brother.

You will find them all here...And this is where you register for each one.

Have fun giving a shout out to your community too!  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Free Song of the Week & Lesson Plan....People Who Help In My Neighborhood!

People helping people, all around. 
People helping people, sing it again!  

People helping people, all around. 
People helping people in my town!  
These are the lyrics you will hear, sing and read this week with Cantata Learning for the very special Song of the Week....

People Who Help In My Neighborhood.  
In fact, click on this link to listen and sing as you read this post with ideas on how you can use it with your students and children too.  
This wonderful story and song, along with the lively illustrations, will pull children in as they learn about people who help in the community such as firefighters, drivers and mail carriers.  
The music can be found in the back of the book on a CD or online for anyone to listen to....as you did at the link above.  
This book is also a perfect tie in with the Cantata Learning Harmony Project we are currently working on with schools and communities around the globe.  
The project, Give A Shout Out To Your Community celebrates communities of all kinds, from your classroom and students' families to your town, state and beyond.  

This global project is a great opportunity for students to learn, connect with their communities and be creative.  

And what better way to learn about all of the different people that help in our communities and celebrate them too!  

As you use this story and song, we have created a special lesson plan that incorporates lots of creative, engaging and educational ideas and projects.
You can find this lesson plan on the Cantata Learning blog here.
Students will build their own town (Build With Chrome) and will then explore how the town changes as it grows.  . 
There are many ways to make this lesson interactive and exciting, from exploring your own community for inspirations...
to participating in our Meet and Greet sessions to learn about different professions.  
The Song of the Week is part of a four book series called People Who Help from Cantata Learning.  

They can read about people who help in the neighborhood, people who keep them healthy, and people who help animals.  They will enjoy everyone of these wonderful books and songs.  
You can learn more about the People Who Help series from Cantata on the Capstone website here

We can't wait to see how you share the people in your neighborhood through the Harmony Project too!  

Friday, September 23, 2016

20 Music, Making, Reading & Research Resources For Your Students & The Harmony Project!

As students around the world create projects for the Give A Shout Out To Your Community Harmony Project, they will need resources to make things happen.

We have brought together 20 music, making and research resources for your students to use with this project and more!

You can find these resources on the brand new Community Harmony Project Symbaloo here.
Our friends at Capstone have given us TWO amazing resources to use as our students research and learn all about their community and others around the world.
 First, they have brought together almost 100 eBooks in Capstone Interactive!
Including several from Cantata Learning with stories and songs!
Second, Capstone has made their amazing database PebbleGo available for our students... 
as they research communities, occupations and other things that tie into this project and beyond.  
You and your students can enjoy these free books and songs now through November 30, 2016.

You can get to this amazing opportunity here.
On the Symbaloo, I have also included several Symbaloo's that include ALL of the Cantata Learning songs.

You can get to these from the Cantata Learning website, but also the four Symbaloo's I have created for each season.  Go to the tile pictured above that says Listen To Cantata Songs
This will take you to the Cantata Learning Fall 2016 Symbaloo. 
At the bottom you will find the other three seasons too.
I also added several digital tools to create beautiful community projects. including Buncee, Flipsnack, Canva, Smore, Flipgrid and Storybird.  
And last, but not least, there are 6 fun places to create music....including MusiQuest, an awesome new app!
At the top, you will find the Project Details and a place to Join The Project if you haven't already done so. 

Feel free to share this with everyone....and ask them to join our project!  It is going to be really powerful to see, read and listen to all of the community stories from around the world. 

Give A Shout Out To Your Community too!