Tacky and a Tambourine: Enhancing First Grade Literacy Through Music


  • Dr. Nancy McBride Arrington Georgia Southern University




first grade literacy, music, fluency, understanding


This integrative lesson engages students in retelling the story Tacky, the Penguin through music. First grade English Language Arts Common Core Standards (ELACC) are addressed as students play instruments, create movement, sing and chant, and discuss their roles throughout the process. Students’ understanding, fluency, and discussion skills are enhanced through their participation. The activity requires inexpensive hand bells and basic classroom rhythm instruments, and can be facilitated by general education teachers or music specialists with their young students. While the focus of this lesson is on the development of first grade literacy, this activity can be easily adapted to other stories and grade levels.  

Author Biography

  • Dr. Nancy McBride Arrington, Georgia Southern University

    Dr. Nancy McBride Arrington ([email protected]) earned B.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Having been certified in Elementary Education, Music Education, and a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), she taught in general classrooms, grades 3-5, and in music classrooms, grades K-5, in a public school system in Anderson, South Carolina before joining the Department of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University.

Tacky and aTambourine: Enhancing First Grade Literacy Through Music






Research and Practitioner Articles

How to Cite

Arrington, N. M. (2014). Tacky and a Tambourine: Enhancing First Grade Literacy Through Music. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 37(1), 23-26. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.33

Similar Articles

1-10 of 96

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 > >>