Friday, April 13, 2012

Practicing Pronouns with Roy Orbison

As I was leaving my son’s classroom the other day after volunteering, I heard the teacher talking to the kids about pronouns. Uh oh, I thought. Knowing how the other parts of speech have been hard for my son to distinguish, I immediately began brainstorming … and Googling.

Using a song to identify pronouns wasn’t my idea; it originated from a Prentice Hall series of worksheets I found here.

When my son came home, we watched a Schoolhouse Rocks video to jog his memory about what words are pronouns and when/how they’re used.

Then I gave him some small pronoun cards, which he put in alphabetical order.

Now I played the Roy Orbison song “Running Scared.” (I found it on YouTube. He didn’t watch, but rather just listened.)

It was my son’s job to pull out the cards with pronouns he heard in the song. He listened twice to be sure he’d found them all.

Then I gave him the lyrics I’d typed up. He circled every occurrence of the pronouns in the song.

Lastly, he graphed the pronouns to see which Orbison sang the most. My son LOVES graphing and always treats it like a contest to see which word, number, or object will win. It was a tie!

Download a PDF of the pronoun cards and graph here. Click on the lyrics to download them.


  1. I love the idea of using a song! Music helps aid recall so well. Was the Roy Orbinson one they recommended or why did you choose that song in particular? It was great that you added the graphing component to it too!

    1. Yep. Prentice Hall recommended this tune. I saw somewhere online where a teacher used the Temptations' "My Girl" too. Maybe we'll do this activity again with that song!

  2. Wow! What great ideas! I love all of the interaction with the pronouns! Using music is wonderful and then the icing on the cake of graphing... love it!! I just found your blog and am SO excited to take a look around! :)
    Thank you for sharing and being such a proactive, involved parent!

    1. Thank YOU for following, Sarah! Stay tuned because I'll be posting yet another pronouns activity next Friday!

  3. I always love coming to your blog and seeing so many different ideas you use with your son. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!