Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tunes and Tried It Tuesday!

I'm very excited to be linking up with Nick's first linky party, Tunes Tuesday! What a great resource to teach grammar! He's so clever!
 I'm sharing "One Thing" by One Direction, my two youngest have played this song so many times I thought of it immediately to teach figurative language! Students can highlight, circle, or underline the examples of figurative language, then label them correctly.
Click here for free lyrics with directions.

Here is the video with lyrics you may find helpful.
I like to show the video with lyrics first then have them read over the lyrics on the handout and identify all the figurative language.
Students love music and what a motivating way to learn!
Now I'm linking up with one my favorite girls, Holly, for Tried It Tuesday again.
My two Tried Its this week are inspired by Pinterest! You know I always pin these "helpful hints" and never do anything with them, well, because I wanted to "TRY" something for Holly's linky, I forced myself to complete a task! :O)
First up is my shower-don't judge, I had to get a step stool to take these pictures, so it gets neglected. We have hard water in Florida and it builds up pretty fast.
 I had read on Pinterest that if you use vinegar on your showerhead, all the water buildup would easily come off. (Wasn't sure if I believed it!) I wrapped a Ziploc bag filled with vinegar around my showerhead and let it sit for several hours. 
After a few hours...voila! I just wiped it off and it came out this shiny! :O)
(It doesn't smell great, but looks good!)
My next Tried It was to recycle an old Bath & Body Works candle jar. 
First freeze it and let it get hard. Then use a knife to scrape out the candle wax. (The wicks at the bottom are glued on pretty tightly to be careful!) 
Then peel off the side and bottom labels. If it doesn't come off easily, use Goo Gone.
Be careful when you wash it out, it's slippery...you may drop it and crack it like I did! Luckily, I had one more used candle! Oooh, I was so mad-which is why this post is so late today-had to start all over.
I added some mints and a label and now I have a cute container for my desk! Pretty cute right? All these years, I've been throwing away perfectly good candy dishes! :O)
You can use them in your house for cotton balls or office supplies. 
I hope you're having a great week! I'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below!
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  1. Thank you for the lyric sheet! This is something my kiddos and I will use this year.

    Your shower-head looks awesome.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. Instead of freezing my candles, I put them in a pot of boiling water. Wax and wicks come out so much easier.

  3. Love the lyric idea, definitely going to try it this year. Also, who knew about the candle jar idea...I was about to throw a jar away today!

  4. Love your Grammar Tune :) The jar is super cute! Nice to know the shower head trick works, may have to tell the in-laws :)

    I {Heart} Recess

  5. Oh Lord. I know the kids will love this song, much to my dismay. :-P

    I laughed out loud (but felt terrible about it) when you dropped the jar because I can totally hear you say, ooooh I was so mad!!!! xoxo I'll have to try it if I can ever run a candle out. My problem is I have so many, I don't run them out!!

  6. Cute jar! I saw my new classroom for the first time today and already have ideas swimming around my head.. yours included now! So--was setting up your facebook page easy or more of a headache? I'm thinking about it--but now sure!

    The 4th Grade Journey

  7. Thanks for the activity! My students absolutely love that song. They always request it for DPA on Just Dance.
    Grade 4 Buzz

  8. Thank you so much for linking up! Great song choice and lyric sheet! I love reusing stuff, but we hardly ever actually burn any of the candles around our house. Sigh.

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  9. Okay...so am I total loser because I have never listened to a One Direction song and they are the craze? Don't answer that! Thank you for sharing!
    On another note, I didn't realize you were in Florida. Howdy neighbor...I'm in the PCB, but used to live and teach in Naples!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  10. LOVE the candy dish! I have a candle just like that one that is nearly finished! Now I'm excited... let it burn!! :)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  11. I cannot wait to use this figurative language lesson...great idea! Thanks for sharing!


  12. I LOVE the One Direction activity! My girls last year LOVED them!

  13. OMG!!! I love the idea of using song lyrics to teach figurative language....amazing idea!!! I need to also clean my shower head...I have pinned that pin on pinterest, but never tried it.

    Mind Sparks

  14. I love the figurative language activity! How fun!! Thank you for the freebie download too!
    I have the exact same shower head:) Luckily, we don't have that much of a problem with hard water being on village water. What a great idea to repurpose a candle jar like that! You can feel good about being green too:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  15. One Direction in the classroom??? That's a GREAT way to teach grammar. Love it! (Even thought I am not a One Direction fan because I hear it playing CONSTANTLY in my daughter's room...)

    Love your repurposed candle!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  16. I love the mint container. What a great way to reuse the candle jar. Thank you for sharing the One Direction song idea. My students, especially my girls, will love using it for figurative language.


  17. I have two used B&BW candles in my laundry room waiting for me to clean up! So glad to know it really works! I'm your newest follower!!
    A Tall Drink of Water


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