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.
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