Some Fall Target Finds!

This is just a really quick post about some of the fun finds that I found at Target.  

First, I found these fun Frankenstein erasers.  We're using them to write melodic patterns on the staff at various grade levels.  They might not really tie into the song, other than they are Halloween themed.  But I've also used them with my Monster Melody Madness files! :)



There are Candy Corns.  My school is a "no food" school, in that we can't have food in our classrooms, at parties, etc.  It's actually starting to cause a little problems, but that's a WHOLE other story.  I use to love to have the kids write with  real candy corn, but since I can't I was so excited to find these.  These are actually the inspiration for my "Learning the Treble and Bass Clef is Sweet" file.

These I found last year, but they also have some that are similar this year.  We use them for "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" writing:

And also for deriving the number of sounds on a beat:

This is a find from last year, which are fun to use with "Skin and Bones":

These were also a last year find, ghost table scatters.  They're made out of plastic and also can be used for sounds on a beat derivation:

These skeletons I use for "El Reloj de la Calavera", they have them this year too!:


These table scatters you can find this year, although I bought mine last year.  They fit perfectly in the staff.  I use them for "Little Leaves are Falling":


I love how they have red ones too. Tanya LeJeune's the one that gave me the idea for using the red table scatter on the new note, do:

 These are also table scatters that you can find this year: little acorns!  They're great for Hop Old Squirrel or Let Us Chase the Squirrel or for writing new or unknown patterns like below, both on the staff and for sound derivation:


Finally, there are also pumpkin table scatters (they're also a hard plastic).  These are great for melodic and rhythmic writing:


It's been a VERY busy past couple weeks (hence the lack of posts from me).  I hope things calm down soon.  I'm in the works for a "Free the Birds" melodic file of games that will be posted soon and I just posted my Turkey rhythms games on my TpT store in a bundled file.

Have a GREAT Friday everyone!

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Thanksgiving Beat Strips and Composition Cards

First of all, Happy Sunday and thank you to everyone who stocked up this weekend with the Teachers Pay Teachers Facebook sale!  What a day!  I know I bought lots of new products and I can't wait to use them, I hope you're as excited as I am!  Don't forget that while the TpT additional 10% off ends tonight, that my store will remain at 20% off through Thursday.

Aileen over at Mrs. Miracle's Music Room is having a linky party and I'm hoping to get a blog together about my 5 favorite pins for the month, but it might not be this week.  Hubby has P/T conferences tomorrow, I have them on Tuesday & Thursday and Wednesday night is marching band regionals.  I don't know if I've ever mentioned this on my blog but my mom is a music teacher.  In fact, we did our Kodály levels together at Portland State!  But my baby-brother is also a music teacher.  He's teamed with the dark side- you know, secondary.  Just kidding!  He's an amazing high school band teacher and last year his band really showed all the progress that he's made in the time that he's been there.  Just like so many of us, with him, it's about the process, skill development and love of music that is his focus instead of the end product.  We all know, that when we put our priorities into teaching the students the fundamentals and laying a good foundation the product will come.  So, last year his marching band took state and his drum line went onto win Winter Drum line.  In one year the marching band equaled the number of state championship banners in the gym as the entire history of the school's athletic program.  I'm particularly proud.  One, because he's my brother.  Two, he teaches at the high school that we both attended! :)

So, long story short, head on over to Aileen's blog and I'll get a link up there soon!

A few other things I've been working on are revamping my Turkey Rhythm files that I blogged about last year.  I'm transferring those so that everyone can access them and they will be very reasonably priced at my TpT store.  I'm also working on a "Free Bird" game, nothing like piggy backing off the upcoming movie, huh?  And some Turkey Tune files as well as a songs for Thanksgiving file.

One file that I just finished, and you can buy on sale now, is the Thanksgiving Dinner Beat Strips.  If you have my regular beat strip file, this is an add on to that.  But if you don't have it, everything you need is included!

First, there are beat cards.  You pick which meter (or there are cards with no meter) your kiddos will work with and the number of beats:

Then the rhythm cards come in four versions.  
  1. Picture only of the dinner item
  2. Picture and name of the dinner item
  3. Picture, rhythm & name of the dinner item
  4. Picture & rhythm of the dinner item.
A couple of these last for two beats.  Here's the main reason why: who can pass up cranberry sauce of a basket of buns at the Thanksgiving dinner table?!

Kiddos can use these for diction (teacher says or claps a pattern and they write it out), notation (students write a pattern that maybe matches a song that they know) and composition (students compose their own pattern).

 
The composition cards are used very similarly to the beat strips but alleviate the beat strip portion.  These can also be used for notation, dictation and composition. They can also make a nice transfer or connection to the Orff process of speech to playing instruments.  Students can create patterns that can become ostinatos or partner patterns to play with known songs.

The composition cards come in big and little options.  These work well in centers too!

Friday was my student teacher's last day.  It's going to be so odd to not have her in the classroom. Those of you that have had student teachers know that when it goes really well it become team teaching and that's what this situation was like.  It was so fun having a colleague in the room.  She brought some amazing ideas!  I'm planning on blogging about some of the fun things that she did!

Have a GREAT week everyone!

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SURPRISE!! It's a HUG TpT Sale!!!

Hi everyone! This is just a real quick Saturday night post to tell you about a surprise TpT sale!  Teachers Pay Teachers hit 100K Facebook followers today and to celebrate they are throwing a 10% off sale.  I'm still planning on having a 20% off sale October 15-17 but to celebrate, I'm starting it sooner!

So, EVERYTHING in my store is 20% off PLUS you can get 10% off more from TpT.  This is an unheard of 30% off sale!!! :)

Browse my store, Amy Abbott at Music a la Abbott and stock up now! :)

**** PLEASE NOTE: THE TpT CODE EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, SUNDAY OCTOBER 13, 2013  ****

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Monster Melody Madness

This is a fun file that I've been working on and finally posted.  My Sugar Rush Rhythm files are pretty much the same, but with a candy theme instead.

This is the image for Bundle #1, but they are sold individually or in one of three bundles.  Each concept file contains multiple flashcards that I'll walk you through as well as 10 activities for using them for reading.

First, there are large Flashcards.  You can use this with a multitude of flashcard games: Sing What You Don't See, Poison, etc.  Something fun to do with flashcards, be it rhythm or melodic, is extract the element that you're working on, have one half of the class sing or clap the element and the other class sing or clap the rest.  So, in the card below, if la is the new element, the boys would only sing the la's and the girls would sing "everything else." And then of course switch.  This can also be transferred to rhythm flashcards.  Just another way to use flashcards. 

There are small flashcards, both numbered and un-numbered.  These are great for centers or small group games.  Also included in the file are staves on which students can use manipulatives to transcribe the stick notation onto.  There are a few different games with which you can use these:

There are landscape flashcards that are great for all those flashcard games too!:

 Here's an extension idea.  I found this puppet this year (those of you that read my blog know that I LOVE puppets):
Basically, you can build your own Monster Puppet, as all the parts come off.  I use this as an incentive to performing a flashcard by themselves.  If they do, the can add a part to the puppet.  They EAT it up!

Here are the team cards for the Monster Melody Madness Relay game.  Basically, it's a glorified team game of Post Office.  The students are in 2-6 teams.  The teams are lined up, like a relay team, on one end of the room with the cards spread out on the other side of the room.  The teacher either sings or plays a melody, the first person races to find that card.  To make it more competitive, you can add time limits to find the cards or only the first team to find the card wins that round.  Here are some sample monster cards:






There are also small landscape cards, that can be used like the other small flashcards.  These fit nicely into an envelope to play Post Office:
 They also fit well in these:
I found a bunch of these at Walmart this year before school started but you can also buy them at Zipit.  You can use these with beat passing games: instead of getting "out," a student reads a card instead.  For instance, you can easily turn "Pick-a-Pumpkin" into a hand passing game or a beat passing game, using a small pumpkin.

Here are the links to the files:
  1. so-mi
  2. la
  3. do
  4. Bundle #1: so-mi, la, do
  5. re
  6. low la
  7. low so
  8. Bundle #2: re, low la, low so
  9. high do
  10. fa
  11.  ti
  12. Bundle #3: high do, fa, ti


This I just finished this evening and will be added to my store tomorrow.  I made some disappearing song files and keep meaning to make more.  This one is a Halloween themed one, to use with the song "Pumpkin, Pumpkin."

It practices the song on text:

The rhythm:

The solfége:

Then they read it again, teachers choice.  Since it's a "Monster Stole My Melody" file, I personally would have them read the solfége:

And then the beats are removed, one by one, as an animated monster comes across the screen and "eats the song."  This continues until the entire song is gone and they're reading the song from memory.  I'll upload the link as soon as it's posted on TpT

I hope you saw my post that my email was hacked.  I can access it again and it's up and working.  Remember, now through the 31st for every $25 you spend at my TpT Store I'll email you $5 of product.  PLEASE do NOT put the free product in your cart as you will be charged.  You can email me at my school or home account. . . or for good measure, send it to both, lol!

This was thoroughly a Monday, I'm ready for a new day tomorrow! :)

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Hacked Email

This is a quick note to let you all know that my gmail was hacked.  I apologize to everyone who received a hacked email note from me!

No, I'm not in the Ukraine and in need of money (although, if you really want to send me some, please send it to Erie, CO! :) ).

This means that all emails coming to my amy.j.abbott@gmail.com account are NOT being received by me.  If you need to email me or would like to take advantage of the current TpT sale (see the post on October 6, 2013), please email me at this account to receive your free products.

Thanks!
Amy

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A Collection of Songs and PDFs for Halloween

I apologize, this school year has had just a crazy start!  And I can't seem to get caught up, but hopefully I'm finding a groove and will be back to blogging on a more regular schedule!

In my last post I mentioned this product but didn't go into too much detail, so I thought I'd share some snippets of it:

It's a Collection of Songs and PDF's for Halloween.  Right now there are 18 songs (although there are 2 more that I want to add) and 8 PDF files (which will be added to, maybe not this year but next for sure).

The 8 songs that have PDFs are:
1.  Miss White, which is a GREAT chant for ta and ti-ti with first grade.  I LOVE that each line has a different rhythm!  Here's a rhythm Prep Slide:

2.  This one if from the "Pumpkin Patch" song, which contains low la & low ti, but is GREAT for third grade for reading tika-tika.  Here's a couple rhythm preparation slides:


And here it is practicing tika-tika:

I've also included the melodic slides that students can read from, if they know ti.

3.  Black Cat: this is great for 1st and 2nd grades.  Melodically they can't read it (and it's too immature for the upper grades to read) but it has a great descending melodic line at the end that you can have them play on step bells and there's also a small Orff accompaniment part included in the song packet.

Rhythmically, it's great for teaching quarter rest.  Here's an iconic preparation slide:
 It then goes on to reading with ta & ti-ti, with iconic representation for rest and then also includes the full rhythmic notation of the song.

4.  El Reloj do la Calavera.  This is a favorite of mine!  I learned it from Carol Brown during my level IV Kodály class at Portland State University, over 10 years ago and I use it EVERY year!

My third graders aren't able to read ti-tika and we're not preparing it yet, so I use it for review with my 4th and 5th graders.  It's fun to act out.

The clock strikes ONE
 Through TEN
With each strike of the clock having a different action that the skeleton is doing (and yes, I include the translation).  The "Tumba, ta tumba" part is fun to play on drums.  Basically, the kids dramatize the songs so it's great for movement exploration and improvisation.

There are ti-tika preparation slides (as shown below) as well as practice slides.  It's a chant, which helps make the Spanish a little more accessible to non-Spanish speaking students.  I use to teaching in a 75% Spanish fluent school.  At my current school 99% are English speaking with less then 1% ESL.


5.  This is an all-time favorite of mine and I include two versions.  I know it as "Witch, Witch," but a lot of people know it as "Old Mother Witch."  A PDF is included for both versions:

Both PDF files include a lyric slide:



Beat slides,
Iconic rhythm slides:

 Rhythmic notation slides,
Iconic melodic preparation slides (without the staff)
Iconic melodic preparation slides on the staff:
 Iconic melodic practice slides
Notational melodic practice slides.

 6.  Pumpkin, Pumpkin, another favorite.  Okay, I admit it, I love them all!  This is great for do-pentatonic reading and also for tika-tika.  
 There are:
A lyric slide,
Rhythmic iconic preparation slides
Rhythmic iconic preparation slides with known rhythms:
 Rhythm presentation slide
Rhythm practice slide:

Melodic preparation slides:


Melodic preparation slides with known solfége
Melodic presentation slide:

Melodic iconic practice slides
Melodic notational practice slides in F-do:

 And in G-do



7.  Old Mother Witch (is similar to Witch, Witch)
8.  Halloween, Halloween, which also has an Orff accompaniment.

You can find this at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

I will be having a TpT sale fo 10% off this month, but if my Facebook page gets up to 100 likes I'll change it to 20%!  You can help me hit this milestone by liking the Facebook page by clicking here.

Oh!  And for every $25 you spend at my TpT store, now through October 31st you can earn $5.00 in credit.  DO NOT add the free file(s) to your cart.  Instead, once you make your purchase, email me with your TpT name, the amount of free files you earned and what files you would like me to send you.  I typically answer all my emails in less than 24 hours.

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