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    I, too, use music with my fourth grade. I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and while most of his songs won't work in the classroom - I have used a few from his Seeger Sessions CD. In Social Studies, when we travel to the Erie Canal, I play that song of his and we all sing along. And when we study Tall Tales, we sing along to his version of "John Henry." I also play classical music in the background when the kids are doing some seat work. They love it. I remember when I taught Colonial America in fifth grade and we learned cross-stitching. I had to laugh to myself watching these fifth grade boys doing their cross stitch project humming along to classical tunes!

    I also just heard about Rockin' The Standards. It's some guys who have written math songs with a rock beat that reflect state standards. If you goggle "Rocking the Standards," it will come up.

    And, just to add, my fourth graders love the Tooty Ta! We sing and dance to it after anything stressful (state tests, etc.) or any time we want to celebrate. It's always something they list at the end of the year that they'll always remember about fourth grade!

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