This month I have been focusing a little on jazz and the African-American musicians that made this style of music so popular. I found several great resources on http://discoveryeducation.com and http://www.brainpop.com to assist with this venture. We have been doing lots of active listening and the students have to complete a "Musical Jumping Jacks" form as they listen.
One of my favorite jazz musicians is Dizzy Gillespie because we share the same hometown. Best laugh of the week - a student, "So, you went to school with him? That's cool!!" Ummmm...can we tell who wasn't listening!?! But, it did provide a moment to go back and re-teach about time periods in history.
One last thing I wanted to mention about the sites listed above - they require a paid subscription and I highly recommend both if your school/district doesn't already subscribe. I so couldn't teach without either!