Wishlist Wednesday Linky Party

In celebration of TpT being 3 million teachers strong (!) they are having a big site-wide sale this weekend! I thought I'd draw up some of my favorite items that I've been looking at and "wishing" for on this wonderful Wednesday morning and I'm linking up with some awesome music teachers I know over on Amy Abbott's amazing blog!

I thought I'd show you some of the ideas I'm working on that I hope to be on the website by this weekend first!  

**UPDATE: 2/26/14 It's uploaded and the pics are linked!!!**

I am working on a "Re Unit" for my students (our district is really pushing it this year).  One of the songs in that unit is the good old classic that 2nd graders love: Closet Key.

Here are some slides from this particular song I'm working on! (I will make the pics hyperlinked to my store when I upload the product later today!)

This is the first slide they'll see with keys for the beat.

I have some really cute rhythm slides I'm working on.  Then we start with slides that show the melodic contour of the song with the words.  After that we progress to the solfege letters with "?" being Re as we haven't labeled it yet.

Eventually we'll get to seeing the song in standard notation.  I'm planning on having this written up as three-lined staff slides and five-line staff slides for younger and older learners depending on where you're students are in the journey into solfege. :-)

Now for MY wishlist of some things I've been eyeing on TpT!

I have been reading and mentally "digesting" the new Music Standards that will be coming into play within the next couple months (you can read more about those here) and I happened to see that Lindsay Jervis was on the ball and uploaded a cute set of these standards which she says she will be updating as the new standards are updated. Perfect! :-)

I have also been eyeing A LOT of clip art lately!  These are some designs I am looking at purchasing:


Don't forget to check out some of the other great music teachers and the products on their "Wednesday Wishlists" by following the link in the TpT sale pic above.  A bunch of great ideas!

Check out my store (I will have everything there on sale!) by following the link in the pic below!  

Happy shopping!

Five Favorite Pins of February

I always take a little time before I finally participate in the "Five Favorite Pins" linky party.  One reason is that I just don't make myself stop and sit down long enough to write it, and the second reason is: I can only pick five?!?! Really and truly, I am a Pinterest addict.

However, with a day off of school today, not only have I been working on things for my store, but I've also been updating my blog and participation in linky parties!  It's been a busy but fulfilling day.

Thank you to the fabulous, Aileen Miracle for hosting this linky party!

Alrighty, here it goes. . .

Fave Pin #1:

Movement is SO important in the music classroom.  I happened to stumble upon this link to a dance teacher's website.  I have heard of and use some of these ideas she has listed, but I came across some new props to use in our movement activities.  Check it out!

Fave Pin #2:

Movement must be on my mind or maybe it's all those wiggly kiddos from being indoors all day since we've had a bunch of rainy days here in Idaho, but my 2nd favorite pin also relates to movement.  I thought these would be perfect for an animal/farm song unit with Kindergarten or just because.

There are six cards in this set which is a perfect number for Kindergarten age and the pictures are so cute!

Fave Pin #3:

This is posted on the door at one of my schools and immediately next to the door at the other school I teach at.  This is what I am telling my older students as they are starting to get into more challenging pieces on recorder and ukulele right now.

I always tell my students if they come in, work hard, and do their best, they will get better than what they were before they came in.  Whether we are naturally talented or we have to concentrate and struggle all the way through, we should always work hard to do our very, very best otherwise we won't improve. 

Fave Pin #4:

I have recently (the beginning of this year) found a new love in bucket drumming.  You can read more about my journey into bucket drumming madness (don't worry it's the good kind) HERE. I just found this fun and relatively simple bucket drumming routine on Pinterest/You Tube.  Love some of the ideas here!  And while my bucket drums are nowhere near the size that this teacher has, it's given me some great ideas of what I could do with my collection of drums this coming year with my upcoming 4th and 5th grade students.

Fave Pin #5:

I am always looking for new and different ways to help my students create their own musical pieces.  After all, when they create things that is when I can really see and know what they understand.  The pic and post below gave me the idea to compose with boomwhackers/bells.  Both of which I am lucky enough to have plenty of in my classroom.  I like the color coordination of the papers with the instruments.  I think I would use letter names for my older students and I would limit the boomwhackers/bells to the solfege we know for the younger students.

I think I would also add rhythm cards for younger students and have older students' record their rhythmic compositions.  Then I would eventually have them write their compositions combining melody and rhythm on staff paper.  

I think this could be a brilliant end of the year activity when things have slowed down and it would really give students a chance to show what they know about music.

Hope you all have found maybe something you could use in your classrooms from the ideas I found and love!  

Thanks again to Aileen for hosting!


Monday Music Manipulatives!

It's been a while since I've joined up with other bloggers so I thought I'd join another Link Up on this President's Day off!  Today I'm linking up with the wonderful Lindsay Jervais at Pursuit of Joyfulness who is kind enough to host.

My students, no matter what age, love using manipulatives!

****The manipulative I am going to share today is not my idea and I can't remember which music teacher's blog I have gotten from.  So if it's yours, let me know so I can credit you!****

I print and then slide the sheets pictured below into page protectors with one sheet showing on one side with the other on the opposite side.  I purchased the page protectors that have a little lip on the end to keep the papers from sliding out.  It was SO worth the extra $1 or so so I didn't have papers falling out all the time.

I've printed some of the pages on cardstock and some others are printed on regular paper with a piece of cardstock in between the two pages.  Either way has been fine as long as it is ultimately a little heavier than regular paper.

Each student receives one of the beat/staff sheets, a marker, and a little square of felt for an eraser. Currently, I have the markers and erasers both stored in a little baggie for easy and quick passing out. We review proper use for markers (write gently, only write what we are working on, only write on your paper, etc) and then we do whatever activity I am having students practice.

Since we are out of school today and due to restrictions on posting photos of students, I cannot post this activity "in action" but I promise you the kids love it.  In fact, the last time I pulled these out in 1st grade, one of my 1st grade classes broke out in a cheer.  Funny kiddos. :-) They get so excited over getting to use markers!

I use this particular page for line and space identification, S-M, S-M-L, D-R-M, four beat rhythmic dictation, things like that.

And I use this page for students to do more extensive composition.  Students can write out using actual notation and dry erase markers or they can use another manipulative, like pom-poms or something like that, to show one sound in a beat, two sounds in a beat, or no sounds in a beat.

These sheets have become a staple for my music classroom and writing rhythms and melodies. I have fancier ones that I use for particular times of year or certain songs, but while these are super basic with no frills whatsoever, my students still love it when I pull them out.

I have hyperlinked the pictures to my Google Drive so if you'd like them for your classroom, you can certainly use them!

Just so you know, I have experienced two ways to download things from people's Drives.  One way is to follow the link above, and when the page loads you will see the word "File" in the top left hand corner.  Click on it and scroll down to "Download", select, and follow the prompts.

The other way starts the same by following the linked picture to my Drive.  A picture of the desired page will pop up with a black somewhat opaque background. In the bottom right hand part of the screen will be a grey button with an arrow.  Click on the arrow and your download should begin.

Either way, I know your students will have a blast with this easy but versatile manipulative.

Enjoy! And thanks again, Lindsay, for hosting this and inviting people to join!

2nd Grade: Do-Re-Mi Cards

It has been a while since I've shared the things I have in Google Drive so I thought I would today with the long weekend and a little time to update things . . .

These are some generic do-re-mi cards that I use in my 2nd grade classes in the spring and a review for the 3rd grade students in the fall.  

There are only ten cards in this presentation, but they are perfect for assessment and are nice to use anytime. :-)

How do you get these for free?  Click on the hyperlinked photo above and it will take you to my Google Drive.  In the top right corner, there will be an arrow. Click on the arrow and download to your computer!


It's a Super Sale!

I'm normally not much of a football fan. In fact, for the good part of this week I kept trying to figure out why a boy at school was wearing a U.S. Postal Service hat with, what looked like to me, the eagle you see on the sides of mail trucks etc. My children, after laughing at their momma, kindly explained.

So, obviously, I really have no idea what's going to be happening in the game tonight, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate! After all, we have Renée Fleming to look forward to singing the National Anthem!!! And I've also heard this is the one time of the year you WANT to watch the commercials.

So, much to my children's excitement (especially my teenage son's), we've loaded up on the fun snacks and we're watching the Super Bowl!

I thought too that we should celebrate this momentous time in my life ;-) by throwing a SALE! at my TpT store. So for today and Monday you can purchase anything in my store and save 20%!

Thanks to Primary Possibilities for the cute graphic!


Pot O' Gold: So Mi Solfege and Rhythm Game

It's getting closer and closer to Spring!  I am starting to dream of those sunny warm days and can't wait for them to get here again.  We've been a bit spoiled this year in southern Idaho with a warmer winter thus far, but now we've had another cold front with dreariness move in and I needed a bit of a pick-me-up so I HAD to pull out some St. Patrick's Day ideas. Because by the time March gets here, it should be getting warmer right? Right? ;-)

My Cup of Cocoa game was fairly popular on Teachers Pay Teachers and I'm hoping all the classes who were able to play it enjoyed it.

This game is set up much like that with the exception that it's St. Patrick's Day themed, of course.

Objective Students will see who can get the most pieces of gold for their pots while reviewing So and Mi on the staff and incorporating their knowledge  of reading simple rhythms using quarter note and barred eighth notes.

Set up Open this file in Adobe Acrobat reader. Go to the menu bar across the top of the open file.  Select “View”.  Scroll down and select “Full Screen Mode”.  Use the arrows on the keyboard to get to the first pot-o-gold melody slide.  Use your mouse to click on the appropriate gold reward hyperlink after each group performs.  Use your mouse to click on the words “Luck is with you!”  or the coins number rewards to hyperlink to the next group’s pot-o-gold melody slide.

Directions Review So and Mi aurally in a “follow-me” fashion. Include rhythmic melodies using quarter note and eighth notes.  Divide the class into two groups. Each group takes turns reading the melodic and rhythmic gold phrases. Groups have a few seconds (your choice on the specifics) to figure out the rhythm and the melody of their melody. 

The singing group receives  one gold in their pot for reading some of the melody correctly,  

two gold  for reading it most of it correctly (either  rhythm correct OR melody correct), 

and three gold for reading it all (both rhythm and melody) correctly. The teacher keeps a running total of which team has the most gold for their pots, 

and the group with the most gold for their pots at the end of the game wins!

A fun addition to this game would be some shiny gold coins from Oriental Trading Company or even some pots to hold each team's coins