Five Little Ducks, a retelling of the traditional children’s song, would appeal to students in pre-K–grade 2. Designed for classroom use, it includes many teacher features, such as guided reading activities, a glossary, and a list of other books about ducks. The book comes with both a CD and an easy-to-scan QR code that takes you to the Cantata Learning site, where a quick click enables streaming or a download of the song as an MP3. The music is about six minutes long, repeating the song twice. The tune is catchy; having children’s voices in the song encourages youngsters to sing along. Those I shared the story with enjoyed the illustrations and the music.
The story begins with the invitation to “count backward from five as Mama Duck calls out for her ducklings to come home.” The clear, peaceful, pastel illustrations provide an easy reference for children to count the returning ducks.
Mathematically, I wish the story used “zero” instead of “no” ducks at the end of the song, but this song/story keeps with tradition. It does end the story with a question, “I wonder if any of our ducks will come waddling back?” which would make a good story starter for students to begin their own Little Duck story.
I recommend this book for pre-K or kindergarten teachers who are looking for a story to practice counting back.
—Amy Henderson, Harrisonburg City Schools, Virginia.
Read the review in the October 2016 print edition of Teaching Children Mathematics, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Math.
Stream or download the Five Little Ducks songs for free!
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Meet Chef Jason De Baca and learn what it’s like to work as a chef and own a food truck! In this video Chef Jason chats with with Media Specialist Andy Plemmons and students in Ms. Kelly’s Kindergarten class at Barrow Elementary Media Center in Athens, Georgia. As a special treat, Jason makes beignets!
Give a Shout Out to Your Community helps students and teachers connect to the global community by sharing writing, videos, artwork, and ideas
(Mankato, MN) September 20, 2016 – It’s a new school year, and educators are building a whole new community with their students. Cantata Learning, an educational publisher of pre-K–3 curriculum content and music, is proud to announce its 2016 Global Harmony Project, Give a Shout Out to Your Community.
Harmony Projects, inspired by Cantata Learning books and songs, let students showcase their creativity in a variety of ways, including writing stories and poems or creating videos, recipes, artwork, and more. Students learn to connect with the global community by exhibiting creativity and collaboration, while also gaining hands-on learning experience.
“The Give a Shout Out to Your Community project celebrates communities of all kinds—from in the classroom, to your town, state, and beyond,” said Katherine Coughlan Hobson, the General Manager of Cantata Learning. “The project not only gets students and teachers involved with their outside community, but provides educators with a special opportunity to join with their peers to share lessons and ideas. Using the Cantata Learning Harmony Project toolkit, educators can easily incorporate free lessons, songs, and books into their units while adding a social-emotional learning aspect.”
There are many ways teachers and librarians can participate in Give a Shout Out to Your Community:
- Join the free, virtual People in Your Community Meet & Greets with diverse professionals ranging from a farmer and a chef to an author and an optometrist.
- Give a shout out to their community in a short video.
- Submit a lesson, unit, or project about community. Teachers and librarians from around the world can submit their lessons, and Cantata Learning will compile them into an ebook.
- Submit a community service or fundraising project that their school is involved in to the How I Help My Community contest.
Three classes or schools that win the contest will receive 25 Cantata Learning books and CDs. The winners will also have the chance to choose another organization to receive an additional 25 free books and CDs.
From collecting pennies to helping people affected by the floods in Baton Rouge to walking dogs at the local animal shelter, pretty much any community service project will qualify. Once the projects are complete, students enter by writing a story, creating a video, or making a drawing about what they did and what they accomplished. Entries are due November 11, 2016, by 11:59 PM ET. Judging of the entries will be done by Teacher-Librarian Shannon McClintock Miller.
Click here for official entry rules.
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About Cantata Learning
Cantata Learning is a creator of content paired with music audio for children that address curriculum needs for the pre-K–3 early reader. Cantata Learning creates picture books paired with traditional children’s music audio, and content-rich original lyrics and melodies for the school and library markets. For more information, visit CantataLearning.com.
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We’re so excited to start another Harmony Global Project! The Give a Shout Out to Your Community project celebrates communities of all kinds and is a wonderful opportunity to teach students important social and emotional skills like sharing, listening and cooperating. But English language arts, history, science, technology, and more can all be incorporated into lessons and activities.
Watch this short video to learn more about Give a Shout Out to Your Community
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Cantata Learning just welcomed a new cast of characters. Get to know the stars of Cantata’s Fall 2016 book collection with 16 trading cards, each with a QR code to access a free song about the character.
- Print the trading cards and trim them out.
- Post the cards throughout your library or classroom or put them in a basket for students to choose their favorites.
- Have students scan the QR codes to listen to the catchy songs that go along with each character.
- Read the Cantata Learning books that accompany students’ favorite tunes.
With every book and song you know you’re building life-long literacy skills. To kids, it’s just plain exciting!
Complete the form below to download the printable trading cards.