[youtube width=”200″ height=”200″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14zHgCrywjU[/youtube] Always thinking of ways to make any classroom experience a learning experience, I borrowed an idea from the ESL classroom. Mr Allison always has a Song of the Week, and I used their current song, “Five Feet and a Risin'” by Johnny Cash… with a twist. The first time we watched the YouTube video, it was the version with only the lyrics and music up on the screen. They had to listen and try to make sense (comprehension) of what they had seen and heard. Of course I also pushed them to think how this CONNECTS to what we are currently investigating in class!! They did a “Turn and Talk” to share their theories. Without giving them “answers”, I then payed them a second version of this Johnny Cash sog – this time with images + music. Having visualised (a strategy that good readers do) meaning in their head, they now were creating AHA moments by seeing meaningful images connected to the words of the song. It led to lots of “OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH, I get it!!!!!!!!!” and juicy conversations… just what I wanted to spark interest in our Unit of Inquiry project launch!   [youtube width=”300″ height=”300″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5LnXNsNhRo[/youtube] We talked about the music and the mood of the video… why? Because we then moved on to a video that touched a little bit closer to home – Typhoon Ondoy here in Manila… the heart of our current inquiry-based project…. how did the music make you feel? how did the images make you feel… does this make you passionate to try and do something that might help?? We know that because of WHERE we live, typhoons and flooding is a part of the Philippines’s yearly cycle – is there anything that we might be able to do, even in a little way?? Ondoy has passed, Sendong has passed – the PAST has passed… but, can you we do something about the FUTURE? Could we try to use the PAST to help PREDICT  and therefore PREPARE for the FUTURE? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pAwx6gPF54&feature=endscreen&NR=1[/youtube]