Friday, July 1, 2011

Building Vocabulary - The Aglet Song

Do you know what an aglet is? I didn't either until I happened upon a Phineas and Ferb episode where the two brothers decide to build awareness for the tip of the shoe lace. Of course you can't create awareness without a fashion tie-in, so they give away shoelaces to tie on everyone's fingers. And if you want to go global with your cause, you have to put on a giant stadium concert which the boys do masterfully in the video below. Phineas and Ferb are a great resource for teaching parody, but this particular song also highlights how you can build vocabulary with several exposures to a word. We get visuals (nonlinguistic representations - Marzano) which are also important in helping students remember a term. After watching this video, you will not forget the definition of aglet.

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