Tacky and a Tambourine: Enhancing First Grade Literacy Through Music
Keywords: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.