I'm not sure how my fifth graders will react to it being from Sesame Street, but I want to us it anyway. I want to focus on the message rather than the messenger. How do you think they will react?
Do you have any songs that you use regularly in your class?
My scholars love this song and they don't care that it is from Sesame Street. In fact I have caught several of them singing it at random times and they are even starting to attach movements to the lyrics. I play the song when the tardy bell rings as a transition to the carpet for our first mini lesson. It's the perfect amount of time for them to put away their morning work, grab their book baskets, and get to the carpet.
On the first day of school, I played the lyrics for my scholars. We sat on the carpet and listened to the song twice without watching the video. After listening to it, I had them list the important messages they could get from the song. This is what they came up with.