Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blast Off Back to School Sale!

Don't miss out on my Back to School Sale.  All of my resources will be 15% off in my TpT store and 30% off in my Gumroad store on August 4-5.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mrs. Q's Resources: Alphabet Cards

I'm really excited about my Music Alphabet Cards!  I've been wanting to make these for my own classroom for about a year and finally got around to doing it.

I can't wait to hang them in my classroom.  You can purchase this product from either my Gumroad store or TpT.  As always, you save a bit when purchasing through Gumroad.

I'm already working on an expansion to this pack.  I think it would be nice to have multiple options and change out some of the terms from year to year.  For example:  D this year may be Decrescendo but next year D may be Djembe.

The expansion pack will be a free update for those purchasing the product through Gumroad.  Sorry, this feature isn't available through TpT.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back to School: Meet Your Teacher Ideas

Here are a few more back to school posts.  These focus on getting ready for Meet Your Teacher.  More ideas to come!

Back to School:  Strategy for Getting Ready


Meet the Teacher

Meet Your Teacher

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back to School: Decor

It seems like we spend so much time during the weeks leading up to the start of school stressing over how to set up our rooms.  Honestly, I think this emphasis on a nice room is warranted.  Not only have there been studies done on how colorful spaces help children learn, but I enjoy walking into a nice, warm, organized and happy space every morning.

Below are some links to previous posts I've written about classroom decor and links to other bloggers posts on the topic.  Click the images to read about the display.

Word Wall

Word Wall Toppers - Free Download!!!

Great Musicians Always...

Performer's Corner

Look Who's in the Spotlight!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the winners of my TpT Grand Opening Giveaway!  I will be contacting you by email with your prize.

Day 1 (5-S Line Poster):                                  Kimberly Peterson
Day 2 (Pixel Supply Labels):                            Jessica Murphy
Day 3 (3rd Grade Rhythm Pack):                     Molly
Day 4 (Primary Rhythm Pack):                         Laura Pope
Day 5 (Instrument Labels):                               Christine Skog
Day 6 (Word Wall Pack):                                Kim Bonine
Day 7 (All of Mrs. Q's Resources):                  Dave Verno

Didn't win?  Not to fear, I have a Back to School Sale planned.  Check back for great savings on all my products.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Giveaway: Day 7

Last day of my TpT Grand Opening Giveaway!  The winner of this giveaway will receive zip files of all of my resources:

5-S Line Poster
Primary Rhythm Pack
3rd Grade Rhythm Pack
Word Wall Pack
Instrument Labels Pack
Pixel Supply Labels Pack

You can enter to win multiple times by:
Like Mrs. Q's Facebook Page
Subscribing to Feedburner Email
Following me on Pinterest
Leaving a comment on one of my posts
Pinning an image from my blog
Following my TpT store

Friday, July 18, 2014

Giveaway: Day 6

Today's Giveaway is my Word Wall Pack.  You can see a picture of my old word wall pack displayed in my classroom here.  This pack is similar, it just has updated fonts and images and all of the word wall cards are a consistent size.  There are 9 elements of music toppers and over 100 printable word wall cards.

To enter the giveaway you will need to pin at least one image from my blog.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Giveaway: Day 5

My Instrument Labels are just under 5" square cards designed to be displayed on instruments, their containers or near the instruments in your classroom.  These visual aids are great in helping students learn instruments and their names.

To enter to win this giveaway you need to follow my TpT store.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Giveaway: Day 4

My Primary Rhythm Pack includes cards for Kindergarten, 1st Grade and Second Grade.

Kindergarten Cards - 25 pictorial and stick notation patterns.
1st Grade - 20 cards including quarter notes/rests and beamed eighth notes
2nd Grade - 25 cards including half notes/rests, quarter notes/rests, eighth notes (beamed/single), and ties

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Giveaway: Day 3

Third day of giveaways!  Today is my 3rd Grade Rhythm Card Pack.  These printable cards include rhythm patterns with sixteenth notes, eighth notes (beamed and single), quarter notes/rests, half notes/rests, dotted half notes and whole notes/rests.  You have until July 23rd to enter to win.  Make sure you check each days giveaway carefully.  You can enter some of the giveaways multiple times!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Updated: Giveaway: Day 2

Today's Giveaway is my Pixel Supply Labels.  This pack includes labels in 11 different colors, several pre-designed labels and 2 editable label sizes.  The winner will receive a zip file with a PDF of the pre-designed labels and powerpoint of the editable labels.  Use the widget below to enter for your chance to win.  You have until July 23rd to enter.

*******Update:  In order to be eligible to win you must comment on one blog post per entry.  You may comment on any post I've written!  I love to hear your thoughts on ideas, lessons and experiences I've shared.

Back to School Finds: Target

Baby Q and I needed to get out of the house today, so we headed to Target.  I feel like I'm there more than ever, it may have something to do with my little one.  Anyways.....I always make sure to check out the dollar section because you never know what little treasures you will find.

I found this.  At first I was a bit turned off because it wasn't just $1 but $3.  Then I started to ponder the fact that it lights up!  I have other prop microphones for my classroom but the light seems like a nice spin.  I'm thinking it will be a great way to encourage polite behavior in my classroom, particularly with Kindergarten at the beginning of the year.  I can see the light being a great visual cue of who currently has the floor.  While a prop microphone usually helps with this, there is something magical about pushing a button that turns a light on, and who would want to miss their turn to do that because they were being rude!

I'm also playing around with the idea of using it as part of a game.  Are you familiar with the Radio Game? It's where you have students sing a familiar song.  When you turn the radio off, they have to internalize the melody.  When you turn the radio back on students pick up where the song would be as if they'd never stopped singing.  I feel like this microphone could play a part in that game, not sure how I want to incorporate it yet, still playing around with the idea.  What do you think?

My other Target find wasn't from the dollar section but the back to school section.  These pocket charts were $4.99 each.  Aren't the colors cute?  While I love the colors, I"ll probably use the file folders for something else.  What I liked was the color of the pocket chart itself.  Most pocket charts you find are primary colors like red or blue.  I love that these are black and any color you put against it will pop and not clash.  I bought three of these today and I plan on using them in an unoccupied wall space in the corner of my classroom.  I've already gotten a head start on copying my recorder belt songs onto coordinating colored paper (i.e. blue belt on blue paper).  I'm going to store them in these pocket charts for students to easily access whenever they need a copy.

I'm headed a few more places during the next couple of weeks.  I'll share any other back to school finds I come across.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Giveaway: Day 1

Today's Giveaway is my 5-S Line Poster.  This poster is great for preparing students to head back to their classroom after music.  The winner will receive a pdf file of the image.  Use the widget below to enter for your chance to win.  You have until July 23rd to enter.

Mrs. Q's Resources: A Week of Giveaways!

In celebration of opening my TpT store I'm hosting a week of giveaways.  Each day this week I will post an item to be given away.  You can enter to win the item using the widget in the post.  All winners will be announced Friday, July 25th!  The first giveaway will open Monday.

Good luck!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mrs. Q's Resources: Pixel Supply Labels

I needed a bit of a creative outlet, so during Baby Q's nap time I've been working on some supply labels for my classroom.

I'm planning on using these labels throughout my classroom to help guide my students to frequently used supplies like whiteboards and pencils (both flat and sharp).  I'll make sure to take pictures after I set up my room in August.

These labels come in a set that offers 11 different colors.  There are several designed labels that include supplies like recorder karate books and scissors but I've also included editable labels in a PowerPoint document.

This supply label pack is available in both my Gumroad Store and my TpT Store.  FYI, if you purchase the product through my Gumroad store you will save $1.00.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mrs. Q's TPT Store!!!

I finally found the time to open a Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I've started to upload some of my resources and more will be available soon.  Check it out!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Baby Q is Here!!!

Baby Q was born Thursday, May 22nd.  My husband and I have been enjoying our time at home with baby. For now I'm going to take a little blogging break but expect posts that will help you gear up for the new school year later this summer.

Happy Summer Vacation!!!  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Maternity Leave: 5th Grade

Treble Clef Words

I have a set of the treble clef staff worksheets in sheet protectors.  Students use dry erase markers to create words on the staff.  Before erasing, they have to check with a friend to see if their word is spelled correctly on the staff.  If a student creates a 6 letter word, I have the class stop and challenge them to figure out the treble clef word.  Here is another treble clef word idea.

What's the word?
This game is played the same as name that note.  Instead of the teacher drawing a single note, they display a word spelled out on the treble clef staff.  I have created a set of word cards and printed them out.  For my subs I have written the word lightly on the back of each card.  I know I have the file somewhere.  I'll try and post it as a Freebie later!

Color by Note - Flowers
You can download this color by note worksheet in the Freebies section.

Maternity Leave: 4th Grade

Name that Note
This is a game I've played with  my 4th graders throughout the year.  Here are the directions.

Color by Note - Flowers

I posted this Freebie in April.  You can download it from the Freebies section of my blog.

Around the World
This is name that note but in an around the world style.  I have my students sit in a circle on the floor.  One student starts the game.  They get to choose where they want to start by standing behind another student in the circle.  The teacher draws a note on the staff and then shows it to the class.  The student who calls out the correct answer first moves on to the next person in the circle.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Maternity Leave: 3rd Grade

I Can Count Rests
I found this worksheet on Susan Paradis's blog.  Here is the link to the pin.

Mrs. Music May I?
This is the same game 2nd grade is going to play.  The only difference is 3rd grade will include whole notes/rests.  You can learn how to play the game here.

Color by Note - Rocket Ship

Another color by note freebie.  You can download it in the Freebies section of my blog.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Maternity Leave: 2nd Grade

Drawing Notes

This is a simple worksheet that I have put in a sheet protector to make it reusable.  Students practice drawing notes/rests using a dry erase marker.

Color by Note - Hot Air Balloon
Another color by note.  This includes quarter notes/rests, half notes/rests, and beamed/single eighth notes.  You can download a copy of this color by note in the Freebies section of my blog.

Music Note Math

Another idea I found on O For Tuna, these music note math cards could be used in small groups, centers or full class activities.

Mrs. Music May I?
I wrote about this game earlier this year.  You can find out how to play here!

Maternity Leave: 1st Grade

Here is what I have planned for my 1st graders while I'm out the last 8 days of school.

My Composition

I found this idea on O For Tuna.  I wanted to create a link to the direct post but when I pinned this I didn't pin it to the post directly.  If you have the link, let me know.  I created half sheet worksheets for students to write their own composition using quarter notes/rests and eighth notes.  The only rule is they aren't allowed to use all rests.  After completing their rhythm students practice playing their composition.  Before putting it on an instrument, they have to play it for a friend to make sure they are playing it correctly.  Since I'm leaving this for a sub I'm limiting the instrument choice to rhythm sticks.

I Spy

I wrote about this idea back in 2012 but haven't come back to it until now.  I've been playing this game with my students and they love it!  I have quarter notes/rests and eighth notes placed around my room.  I found them at Dollar Tree years ago and I love the size.  I made more by tracing the original notes that came in the package.

To play the game:
1. Teacher starts the game by saying "I spy _________."  (Fill in the blank with color and note/rest name. EX:  a yellow quarter note).
2.  Students may look for the note/rest but they may not get out of their spot or point.
3.  Teacher will call on a student who is sitting politely raising their hand.
4.  Student answers.  If it is correct, they get to spy the next note/rest.

Rhythm Hidden Picture
Brace Map

I found this worksheet on Beth's Music Notes.  It doesn't take the kids long to complete and they love working to reveal the picture.  I love that there are single eighth notes included on this sheet.  It opens up a great conversation about the parts of the note.  Before we begin coloring, I go over this with students using a brace map.  We break the note a part and list each portion.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Maternity Leave: Kindergarten

Oh My Gosh!  I can't believe I'm closing in on my due date, 3 weeks to go!  I'm ready to meet my little guy but I don't know if I'm ready to be done with my first pregnancy.  Don't know if that makes sense or not.

Anyways....I've been working on getting plans ready for my end of the year sub.  I won't be out that long and I'm not planning to stop working until around Memorial Day but I wanted to make sure that everything was prepared just in case.

My sub isn't a music sub but a parent at our school and an outstanding substitute.  I know that I can leave her some simple activities to keep the kids busy during those last few hectic days of school and things will run smoothly.  Below are my Kindergarten plans for while I'm out.


Beat Leader - Play a recorded track with a strong steady beat.  I like to use something that has 8 beat phrases.  Teacher keeps beat on body in 8 beat phrases, students mimic. Repeat with student leaders, class mimics.  This isn't the most challenging activity at this point in the year but Kindergartners still love it and it's pretty easy for substitutes to do with them.  Plus, steady beat practice is never a bad idea!

***I just happened across this activity on Pinterest.  This would be another fun way to do steady beat!

Drum Game - Another steady beat activity.  Teacher plays steady beat on drum, students respond by moving. You could have the sub challenge them to move to the beat in different ways.  With these first two activities I'm always sure to define steady beat for the sub, especially if they don't have a music background. I'm sure you have come across other adults that confuse beat and rhythm.

S    Sound and Silence -  This activity uses carpet squares and yarn balls to represent the beat and sound/silence. Here are some links to other posts about using carpet squares for rhythm:
      People Rhythms
      Carpet Rhythms

Steady Beat Compositions - I got this idea from Tracy King's Blog.  I'm not sure if this is the process she uses but here is what works for me.

  • Explain that today students will be creating their own steady beat composition in small groups.
  • Display Sample 1
  • Explain that each member of the group will get to create one line of music.  In each of the boxes, students will get to draw 4 steady beats using shapes and they get to pick the shape that represents the sound that they would like to make on those steady beats.  The only rule is that each box has to have the same shape (see sample 2).
  • Teacher creates a sample line of music.  Demonstrate playing it.  Have the class play with you.
  • Divide class into groups of 4 students.
  • Pass out crayons, worksheets and clipboards.
  • After students have created their compositions, they should practice playing them.
    • They can each play their own line or the whole group can play the whole piece of music.
  • Have some groups perform for the class.
I'll try and post what I'm leaving for the other grades but no promises!  If I don't get to it before baby comes I'll post it in the fall!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rhythm Dice: Dollar Tree Find

I found these at Dollar Tree a few weeks ago and thought I could use them for something.

After thinking about it for a bit, I decided to use them for rhythm dice.  I created a set for 1st grade using quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests.  I used a sharpie to mark the sides of the dice with the notes/rests.

I used them with first grade for the first time this week and they really enjoyed them.  I don't really have a name for the game but this is what we did:

We worked in small groups.
Each group had 5 dice.
They had to create a 4 beat rhythm using their dice.
In order to do this they rolled all the dice to see what they got.
Then they could throw a beat away to create their 4 beat rhythm.
The whole group then played the 4 beat rhythm before the next turn.

There were two things I loved about this game.  The dice reinforced eighth notes receiving one beat and students had to use the name of the note/rest they were tossing out.

This was very easy to set up and play.  The kids each had several turns to create a rhythm and it only took about 10 minutes from explanation to clean up.  This is something I could pull out when we have extra time to help reinforce rhythm.  Or, it might be a nice center if you added notating their rhythms.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Freebie: Color by Note Flowers

This is my first attempt at creating a Color by Note worksheet from scratch.  I'm still learning Photoshop, so some of my shapes are primitive but I'm happy with how it turned out.

If you would like to download the PDF to use in your classroom check out the Freebies section of my blog.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Reusable Backdrop

The first year our school was open the Art, PE, Science Lab teacher and I worked diligently to create a beautiful backdrop using bulletin board paper.  It turned out beautiful!!!  The flowers were kid made and the overall effect was stunning but there were some definite downsides.

Pretty cute, huh?

It took the four of us all day to get the back panels hung!  Luckily and somehow magically we had a day where 5 out of 6 grade levels were on a field trip.  Don't know how that happened but it was perfect for getting this project done.  Needless to say this is one of those once in a lifetime kind of things, so taking this much time for a backdrop again wasn't going to be an option.

The other big problem for me was waste.  I tried saving the backdrop but it honestly just got in the way and I needed my closet to store other items.  So, unfortunately all that paper and hard work ended up in the trash.

After racking our brains trying to come up with a better solution, Mrs. M, my art teacher buddy came up with a brilliant and reusable idea.  You can purchase large pieces of foam board from art supply stores.  We found ours through Sam Flax.  We purchased 8 pieces of 48" X 96" white foam board.  From what I can remember the boards cost around $90.00 total.

These are from our performance of Skippyjon Jones!

Mrs. M's art club kiddos created these backdrops during their after school meetings!

These even fit on top of FlipForm's to create an extra performance area (other room) off stage.

My stage is very wide, so we found that 8 was a good number.  If I set up the risers similar to how the are in the first picture, we were able to place two sets of panels on the ends and two sets in between the risers. You may find that you can get away with just 4 panels on your stage.  In order to get them to stand up, we used a bit of velcro tape placed at the seam between the panels.

The great thing about these boards is you can paint them one year and then reuse them the next by painting a layer of primer and then your new backdrop.  Or, if you are short on time or preggo like me and Mrs. M this year, you can cover them with bulletin board paper.  Not as eco-friendly but a lot less waste than making the entire thing out of paper.

We had difficulty getting these boxes to stay standing up.  The two pieces are connected at the center with some plastic clamps from Home Depot and then we placed a couple of music stands behind to keep them from tipping over.

Another more economical solution that will get the same effect are large boxes; like refrigerator boxes.  A few years ago I went to a local appliance chain and asked them to save me a few boxes to use.  We turned some of them into a backdrop by painting them and others into large scale props by cutting out shapes and painting them.

What are some of the ways you keep backdrops simple and cheap?

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