Turkey Thanksgiving Pie Activity

Happy last week of November everyone!!!  I hate to tell some of you this but we're already on break- both my husband's and my district have the entire week of Thanksgiving off.  It's kind of nice to get our heads above water (or almost to the surface) before diving down for the final bit of school before Winter Break.  He goes back to two weeks of teaching then finals week (he teaches high school social studies) and I have three different performances within 8 days plus a fundraiser field trip.

Here's a little activity that we did last week that the kids had a great time with and they were composing.  I was able to use this as an assessment. . . an assessment in the final days before vacation.  Crazy.  I know!

I made the Turkey Fraction Files (you can find them on my TpT store).  The students were divided into 5 groups- each group had 6 people and each group had one complete pie of ta, ti-ti, rest, tika-tika, ti-tika, tika-ti.  My 4th graders also had two pies with syncopa and my 5th graders had 2 pies of each tom-ti and ti-tom.

Their task was this: individually compose/create one pie (and be able to read it to me).  Here's an example of a complete pie:

Then, with their group, combine their four beats with at least two other members of their group (AND be able to read it to me).  Here's an example of that:

Then, within their group combine more than two patterns (AND be able to read it).  Here's an example of four pies:

From there, the possibilities for how they did this were endless and it was fun to see how creative some of them got.  Some groups made chains of pies:

This group chose to wind their pies in a square pattern:

This group made their pies into a circle and then read it in a round with each other (clever, huh?!):

This group was into making letters, here's their "Z":

And here's their "F":

I love what this group did: they left spaces between the four beats to represent bar lines (by the way, see the bag in the middle?  Target find, I bought 5 of them, stuck the cards into them and that's the way I distributed the cards.  The kiddos when they picked them up returned them to their bag and that was that!):

This is one of my favorites, "Angry Pie Rhythm Face".  The eye brows make four beats, each of the eyes is four beats and the smile is composed of 16 beats.

In case I don't post before Thanksgiving day, I hope you all have a happy, healthy and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Manipulative Monday. . .on a Tuesday

I'm a day late the party- that's the story of my fall, lol!!  I can't get ahead and am looking forward to having all of next week to get some rest, put up the Christmas tree (yes, I'm one of "those" people- but let's face it, December is a busy month for music teachers and I wouldn't have time otherwise) and get some school work done.  I'm working on some new Christmas files and I can't wait to get those ideas down! 

Thanks to Lindsay for hosting this party yesterday and thanks for letting me join in late!

I've been meaning to blog about this find for a while.  I love using poly dots in the music room -there's a million different ways to use them from "poison" rhythms to floor mate note heads to grouping students- the list is really endless.  So when I saw these new poly dots in S&S's catalog I had to get some:

  They are dots that you can write on and erase off.  Now, let me tell you know, DO NOT use dry erase markers.  They work but you have to use EXPO remover to get the ink off and at it's best it still leaves a smudge.  If you use these, Vis a Vis markers are the way to go.

Here's a couple of many ways to use them.
1.  Tone ladders.  Here's an example of a pentatonic tone ladder
From here there are a lot of activities that students can do.  

1.  Remember Simon?  If not, it was one of my all time favorite toys growing up. Simon would play a pattern and you would have to remember the pattern and play it back.  The cumulative pattern was my favorite.  In this game, the teacher would sing a note and the student would sing it back, jumping on the corresponding poly dot.  The teacher would sing two notes, the students would sing it back and jump on the two corresponding notes, etc.  I can fit quite a few of these in my room so I have the students work in groups of 2-3.  

2.  Sing and jump a written pattern.  I used this with some of my melodic turkey files this week.  Instead of just singing the solfege back, the students also had to perform the melody by jumping on the tone ladder (talk about getting those pre-vacation wiggles out!).  I have also used this for those hesitant singers as a way to get them engaged

3.  Perform Q & A patterns- the teacher sings a question pattern and the student sings and jump backs an answer pattern (ie. question: d-d-m-m-d-d-m; answer; d-d-m-m-r-d).  This is a higher level thinking skill!

4.  The possibilities are endless!

Here's another idea that pertains to rhythm and Kelly Foster Griffin shared this idea.  I don't remember the piece of music that Kelly used but you can use it with any piece of music that has a tempo that matches your students' music reading ability level.  There is a circle of rhythm patterns.  As the music plays they perform the rhythm at the poly dot in front of them then during the next 4 or 8 beats they advance to the next poly dot, have a second to look it over, read it and then the pattern repeats (4 or 8 beats to walk forward and look at the rhythm the 4-8 to read the rhythm (longer rhythms with older students to challenge them))

Here's one of the simple rhythms. Notice the blue smudge- don't use dry erase!! :)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Thanksgiving Music Dinner, Family Style!

So, we have one week until Thanksgiving break- with the Turkey Trot run all day next Thursday and a work day on Friday.  Because of this tomorrow I will be starting my last rotation with my Kinder-3rd graders as they are on a 4 day rotation.

My first graders have just learned ta & ti-ti and this morning I hustled to get those cards of my Thanksgiving Dinner Beat Strips printed out, laminated and cut.  Seeing as how I had tone-chimes this morning and took the half-day kinders during my lunch and plan times this was quite a feat and as a result I didn't have time to group the cards into baggies like I normally do. 

Then it hit me: this is Music Thanksgiving Dinner and we're going family style!!!  So, I pulled out some paper plates that I had in my cabinets.  I decided that since I have 30 kids in a class I would have them work in 6 groups of five each.  Each group would get three plates: one with "corn" (ta cards), one with "turkey" (ti-ti cards) and one with "gravy" (ti-ti).  

I explained to the students that we were having Thanksgiving dinner, music room style.  In their groups, one person was going to come up and get their "food" from the counter (I had all three plates stacked on top of each other so there was a total of three plates in each of the six piles) and one person from their group would come get their individual plates (their beat strips) and "set their table."  (a.k.a. pass out the beat strips to their group.)  They were to remember that they were at a family style dinner so if they needed a turkey card (for instance) they would have to ask someone "at their table" to pass the turkey.

The result was so much fun!!!  Here's a sample of one group starting their dinner (the little red head on the left is my son!):

Here's another group that had filled their plates.  Once they're plates were full, they were to have a dinner conversation with the people sitting at their "table."  That is, they were to read the pattern that they wrote to the rest of the students in their group or to the person sitting next to them:

Here's another one of my son finishing up his dinner plate:

This group had a lot of fun and added their own extensions.  They first decided that they would put their two plates together and read all 8 beats that their two plates created. Then they decided that the whole table should read all of the cards without stopping.

This turned out to be so much fun, especially since  my time was limited to get their individual packets together and I had the idea to go "family style."  I'll definitely do it this way in the future and I might even adapt my other beat card activities to have they same manipulative distribution! :)

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Turkey Lurkey Rhythm Blitz Games & Free the Birds Melody Games!

Hi everyone!  I hope that you've had a GREAT week!  I've been busy making some Thanksgiving files and have started using them with my kiddos.  The kids have been having a GREAT time so I thought I'd share about the files and also a few of the activities that we have done with them.

My most recent files are the "Turkey-Lurkey Football Rhythm Blitz" files.  While these have turkey clip art, they can be used any time of year (but I'll probably revamp this file to be more non-fall specific, especially after Christmas, as the Super Bowl gets closer).

Directions for six different games are included but really the possibilities for any of these files are endless!

I'm going to tell you about two of the games.  The first the "Turkey Lurkey Football Blitz Game."  Basically, this is a rhythm relay race.  There are four teams (mine sit on the risers) and their cards are spread out on the floor across from them, on the other side of the room.  I either say (the easiest version of the game), clap or play a rhythm.  One student from each team races across the room to find the card.  From here there are few ways to play.  One is that everyone who correctly finds the matching card on the first try gets to keep the card for the team.  Another is that only the first person to find the card gets to keep the card.  Players rotate taking turns until the allotted time for play is done (I usually play 5-7 minutes. If you go too much longer you lose their attention.)  The kids love this game, the kiddos that aren't looking for the cards are cheering on their team and often time will end up chanting the rhythm at their teammate is looking for.

Here's the other game.  It includes the use of flashcards.  The file contains large and mini-flashcards:

Now, at Target in the dollar section I found these this fall:

I knew that I wanted to find a way to use them and the mini-flashcards fit inside them perfectly.

Today was the first time playing this and my 5th graders LOVED it.  I had 6 of the football popcorn cups and 6 sets of the mini cards.  They broke into teams of 5 and spread their cards out on the floor.  I would clap a pattern and the team would look for the card.  The rule was the first card I saw their team raise was their answer and they could only put their card back into their popcorn cup if their answer was correct.  Sound familiar?  It's basically a glorified group version of Post Office!

Here's Hayden showing his team's answer:

This picture of Jayden cracks me up!  He's been one of those kiddos that's hard to "win over", he had a great time with this activity:

And here's my buddy Coleman and his team:

These of course are available on my TpT Store, in the following sets:
  1. ta ti-ti
  2. quater rest
  3. half note
  4. tika-tika
  5. ti-tika
  6. tika-ti
  7. syncopa
  8. tom-ti
  9. ti-tom

Another file that I've create is the Free The Birds files:

This collection contains 10 different games, including 4 PPTs (in addition to the 9 other game ideas).  In the PPT students are in teams, pick turkeys and sing the melodic pattern to "Free the Bird".  

Slides for these games are in either stick or staff notation.  Within the sitck notation, there is one game with note heads and one without note heads.   With the staff notation, there is one game in the key of G and one in the key of F:

This file also has large and mini landscape cards, in addition to flashcards (pictured above):

There are also different colored slides to do relay races, similar to the Turkey Blitz game above:

These games are available in the following sets:
  1. so-mi
  2. la
  3. do 
  4. re 
  5. low la
  6. low so
  7. high do
  8. fa
  9. ti
  10. bundle
I also have a Turkey Rhythm Fraction file, check it out by clicking here.

I'll be working on some files for use in December and will be having some freebies available only to my Teachers Pay Teachers and Facebook followers so please follow me on both TpT and Facebook! :)

Have a GREAT Friday everyone!

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To Use Next Year. . . .

Okay, this is a "day late and a dollar" short.  Or you could call it reactive teaching.  Regardless of what I call it I hope I remember to do it next October.

So, it was last Thursday, Halloween, and my first graders show up.  Have I mentioned that I have my first graders the VERY last 45 minutes of the day?  Have I told you that I dismiss them from music?  Have I told you just how much fun this is?  (Insert sarcasm).  Sadly, I'm the one that did the master schedule.  If you've ever done a master schedule you know that there are a million variables that contribute into making it.  Well, lesson learned: regardless of the variables do not have first grade or kinder last.  

Sorry, to get back to Halloween day.  My first graders show up with all their stuff, including their lovely Halloween Rings that their teacher JUST handed them.  Thanks.  

Well, when life hands you lemons you. . . .try to make lemonade.  So, after "Pumpkin, Pumpkin", our opener/mixer, I quickly grabbed my beat strips and put the kids into groups of four.  Lucky me that the rings were "bats" and "spiders".  Hmmm. . .  "bats" and "spi-ders".  We're working on ta & ti-ti prep.  (2/5 of my first graders came in with NO music experience so it's been a QUICK teaching/review of comparatives).  At any rate, in their groups of four they had to put their rings on the beat chart and say their pattern using "bat" and "spider".  After that they had to change the "bat" to long and the "spi-der" to "short-short"

Here's one: 
"bat, bat, spi-der bat" which then became "long, long, short-short, long."

After they composed with that group they had 7 seconds to move to a different beat chart (these were placed around the room.  The only rule being that there could only be four people at a chart and it was "first come, first serve".

So, here's another pattern:
"spid-er, bat, spi-der, bat" or "short-short, long, short-short, long":

After a few rotations we moved to their seats on the risers and used the rings to, as a group, compose a pattern that became an ostinato for "Halloween, Halloween."

Here's a couple more patterns:
"spi-der, spi-der, spi-der, bat" (short-short, short-short, short-short, long):

"spi-der, bat, bat, bat" or "short-short, long, long, long":

I just posted some new Thanksgiving Files called "Free the Birds" that reinforce and practice various melodic elements.  (And yes, the title is a shameless play on the title of the new Thanksgiving family movie coming out that my two and I have been DYING to see since we saw the preview this summer!) I'll blog about that later, but you can check them out on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I hope you all had a restful weekend!

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