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Musical Books


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Brief Description

Students play a version of Musical Chairs" as they explore new books to read.


Students will

  • play a version of the game Musical Chairs."
  • explore new books to read.


musical chairs, reading, literature

Materials Needed

  • an assortment of appropriate grade-level books; one book for each student in the game
  • one chair for each student in the game
  • a way to play music, i.e. a computer, MP3 player, piano, etc.
  • one or more grade-level appropriate songs to play

Lesson Plan

Place enough classroom chairs for all students back-to-back in a straight line, and place a book under each chair. Invite each student to sit on a chair and begin reading the book beneath that chair. Briefly explain the game to students: When the music starts, they should put the books theyre reading under their chairs and begin marching around the entire row of chairs. When the music stops, they are to sit down in the closest chair and begin reading the book under that chair. Then begin to play the music. When you stop the music, be sure to allow a few minutes for students to settle into a new chair and read a little of the books beneath that chair. After a few minutes, start the music again. When the game is over, put all the books in a box marked "Musical Books," so students can read the rest of the books they began or books recommended by their classmates.


Assess students based on their participation in the game.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Mary Vandeyander, Jefferson Elementary, Newell, West Virginia
From 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers from the BOOKIT! program; used with permission

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.10 Applying Non-English Perspectives
NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

NPH.K-12.3 Physical Activity
NPH.K-12.4 Physical Fitness
NPH.K-12.5 Responsible Behavior
NPH.K-12.6 Respect for Others

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