Incorporating music into World Read Aloud Day

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Feb. 17, 2017

Incorporating music into World Read Aloud Day

Butler School students learn rhythm while reading aloud with their music teacher


Butler School music teacher Joel Huffman wasn’t about to let his colleagues have all the fun on World Read Aloud Day.


While they were making preparations to open a cozy campsite (complete with pop-up tents and a flameless fire pit) in one of the classrooms and inviting students down to “Camp Out With a Good Book,” he was adding his own twist to a few children’s books.

“I wanted to celebrate World Read Aloud Day in a way that was different and unique while still teaching to the district music curriculum,” said Huffman, who created a rhythm to go along with each book he read aloud.


Students followed along eagerly, echoing the rhythm with their voices, then their hands and, finally, on a xylophone or tubano drum.


He had the third-graders do the same on their recorders.


“My objectives with the lesson were to play the instruments correctly, play specific rhythms on the instruments and to have fun!” he said.


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