Linus and Lucy Listening Lesson and how to get this freebie!

Last year I remember telling my friend Tanya LeJeune that I wanted to create a listening lesson for "Linus and Lucy".  It's played so much around this time of the year that it would be a fun sight reading exercise.



My 3rd graders right now are preparing low la but I thought it'd be great practice for re.  The other melodic concept that you can teach with it is fa.  My 4th graders aren't able to read it but it's be great practice for my 5th graders.  So, I've made a PowerPoint for practicing it.

There's the "Lucy " theme, that is only mi-re-do.  (I did not write any of the rhythm out.  When I transcribed this the mi starts before beat 1 of the measure.  While I could write out a "skeleton" of the rhythm, I'm really only going to use this for melodic practices.  And with the way it's notated I can still challenge my 5th graders to play it on recorder).  Here's a couple sample slides:


The next "theme" (dubbed so by moi) is the "Linus & Schroeder" theme, and that include so & fa:

I used Schroeder playing the piano to fill in for the part that is really inaccessible to my students' reading abilities.

There's a couple other sections that are the same way, where the melody and the rhythm get a little more complicated.  And quite frankly, it would be a really long reading exercise if that was all written out.  So, I created a slide where the "gang's dancing," which can be used for a movement break or beat keeping activity:

If you would like a copy of this PowerPoint here's all you have to do: head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and click "Follow Me."  Make sure to do this by 8:00 EST on Friday, December 13.  I will be sending out a note to my followers on Friday night.  Now, Teachers Pay Teachers takes a couple days to process the note so you won't receive it in your inbox until sometime next week.

Here's how you'll know you have a message from me: on your Teachers Pay Teachers Dashboard there will be a little "flag" and if you tap the drop down you can click on your inbox to get my message.  The link to the freebie will be in my message.

I hope you're all having a great week!  I hope to blog later this week about the snowball fights we've been having in music class! :)


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Jingle Bells Dance

Confession time: I'm sometimes a Sunday night planner.  Okay, a lot of times I end up planning on a Sunday night.  Now, I have my year, trimester and month plans scoped out of what I want to teach.  What I find myself on Friday nights doing is putting down how I'm going to teach it and the song literature and activities that go with that.

My first are practicing ta & ti-ti and of course "Jingle Bells" a good song for isolating ti-ti ta ti-ti ta on the "jingle bells, jingle bells" part.  Now, pardon my rush but the only version of Jingle Bells on my computer is in augmentation of how I sing it and have my kids read it:


We're going to be doing some reading work of ta ti-ti in the high concentration portion of the lesson and deriving the ti-ti ta ti-ti ta on "jingle bells, jingle bells" is going to be my transition into the "change of pace" portion of the lesson, which will be a dance that goes to Jingle Bells.  

There are two ways that I do this dance.  The easier version uses a parachute and the more advanced version has concentric circles with partners.

Here's the parachute dance directions:
Formation: circle, everyone holding on to the parachute.

Action:
Verse (32 beats total)
Beats 1-4: heel-toe-heel-toe with the right foot (dashing through the snow)
Beats 5-8: four slide steps to the right- like a side-ways gallop (in a one horse open sleigh)
Beats 9-12: heel-toe-heel-toe with the left foot (o'er the fields we go)
Beats 13-16: four slide steps to the left. (laughing all the way)
Beats 17-32: repeat the first 16 beats

Chorus (32 beats total)
Beats 1-2: with parachute in hands, three pats on feet to the rhythm (jin-gle bells)
Beats 3-4: three pats on knees, to the rhythm (jin-gle bells)
Beats 5-8: four pats at waist, to the beat
Beats 9-16: lift the parachute over the head.  I call a color and those students with that color let go of the parachute, turn around in place and re-grab parachute.  Now, if your students are really careful those students on the colors called can run under the parachute to another spot of that same color.  This is the FUN way to play! ;)
Beats 17-32: repeat the first 16 beats.

When I do this with older kiddos we do it in a concentric circles.  

Formation: concentric circles, facing partners (one in the outside circle, one in the inside circle)

Action:
Verse (32 beats total)
Beats 1-4: heel-toe-heel-toe with the foot that leads in the counter-clockwise direction.  This is the right foot for the outside circle and the left foot for the inside circle (dashing through the snow)
Beats 5-8: four slide steps counterclockwise- like a side-ways gallop (in a one horse open sleigh)
Beats 9-12: heel-toe-heel-toe with foot that leads in the clockwise direction (o'er the fields we go)
Beats 13-16: four slide steps clockwise. (laughing all the way)
Beats 17-32: repeat the first 16 beats

Chorus (32 beats total)
Beats 1-2: with right hands, partners pat each other's hands three times to the rhythm (jin-gle bells)
Beats 3-4: with left hands, partners pat each other's hands three times, to the rhythm (jin-gle bells)
Beats 5-6: with both hands, pat three times as in the first two steps.  **This will NOT match the rhythm
Beats 7-8: clap own hands three times.  **Again, this will NOT match the rhythm
Beats 9-16: join hands with partner and do a full circle turn
Beats 17-32: repeat the first 16 beats, with the exception that in the last step, after the full circle turn everyone takes an extra step to the left and then has a new partner.  This has a really nice flow and even the older kids enjoy it!

I want to thank everyone that took advantage of the Facebook Frenzy and is now following me on Facebook!!!  There's still time to grab some of those amazing freebies!!!  IF you would like to read some more specific on the files and how to use them, head on over to Aileen Miracle's blog. She did an AMAZING job of highlighting how she's going to use the Freebies!!!

I'm going to be having another freebie give away this week.  Make sure you follow my Facebook page and blog for directions on how to get that freebie!

Also, through Tuesday, everything in my Teachers Pay Teachers store is 15% off.  If you're a late planner like me, check out some of my Christmas games.  They're a fun way to practice musical reading all the while keeping all the holiday energy engaged in musical learning! :)


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Santa's Lost His Jingle Bell Stick-to-Staff Activity

I recently posted some Polar Express melody files and in those I included a sets of flashcards that have jingle bells and a set that Santas on them.  My second graders are preparing do but we're also still practicing and reinforcing re, especially in the s-l-m turns and m-l intervals.  When I was creating the file it dawned on me that it would be fun to do a stick to staff matching game.  This week we used them during whole group instruction with the goal of doing it again in small groups.  

Now, I know that reading stick notation is easier than staff notation but since we're in late practice of la, I wanted to drill some staff reading.  So, first the classes sang through the flashcards written on the staff.

Next, I showed them a stick notation flashcard.  Now, at our staff meeting this week we talked about wait time. I'm HORRIBLE at wait time.  With such a limited time of seeing the kids I feel a constant pressure to squeeze as much as I can into each and every second of a lesson.  But when I do this I rob my students of processing time.  So, this is what I tried with this activity: instead of raising their hands when they saw the matching staff card, I had them point to the card on the floor.  I was able to get a rough idea of which card they were pointing and it gave them ALL time to think, process and check their work.  And really, it didn't take all that much longer!

Here's a sample of what it looks like to match the stick to staff cards:

Here's one of my 2nd grade friends matching the card.  After each match we did a "thumbs up/thumbs down" signal to check our work.

I love how my buddy in the blue is helping his friend:

The whole matching activity, from start to finish of reading the flashcards and matching the card to each other took about 5 minutes, perfect for a 2nd grader's attention span and they felt so accomplished.

Just a friendly reminder that the Facebook Frenzy is going on now through Sunday.  Head on over to my Facebook page (you'll have to "like" it) to download your freebie, my Winter Beat Strips File.  This will be priced at $5 in my TpT store starting Monday but you can get it now for free!!

Make sure you go all the way through the Frenzy, for you'll end at the FABULOUS Aileen Miracle's Facebook page and you'll want to grab her fun Build a Snowman Activity!

(Oh, and the cute Christmas Lights border in the image above was downloaded from the Clipart Frenzy!  Thank you to "A Sketchy Guy" for this file!!  You can visit his TpT store by clicking here)

Have a GREAT Weekend everyone!

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Thankful Thursday Link Up and a FACEBOOK FRENZY!!!!

I'm so glad that December is here!!!  It's one of my favorite months and I think that the main reason is I get a nice break to spend time with my own two kids and I love the festive feel: the music, the lights, the family and friends.  I know November is the time to be "Thankful" but I've always felt that, personally, I've always been more thankful in December.  I am incredibly blessed with amazing family and friends and I get to spend more time with them.

So, it's coincidental that Aileen Miracle start this Thankful Thursday Link-Up:

Here are a few things that I am thankful for:

1.  These three:
I adore these three people and am so incredibly blessed that they are the first three people I see in the morning and the last three I see every night.  They are incredibly understanding of how crazy the life of a music teacher can be!  I'm also incredibly thankful that Noah and Hannah go to my school.  I am thankful that I am able to have time to volunteer to teach music to preschool to Hannah's class in the morning and that my planning time coincides with Noah's lunch time.  I love seeing them throughout times of the day that, with any other school or job, wouldn't be possible.  And my husband, he's my best friend and everyday inspires me to be a better person.

2.  I'm thankful for my AMAZING students, families, staff and school.  The families I work with are so supportive. My colleagues are the BEST teachers and I'm so honored to work with them and to have them teach my own children.  Here's a little example: because of the amazing support of our families we had a very successful holiday wreath fundraiser (we raised just shy of $3,000) and I was able to take the top sellers out to limo lunch yesterday:
It was so much fun spending time with the students, not in the music room or at school but just celebrating and riding in high style!

3.  I'm thankful for the amazing networking that we all have access to.  Because of  blogs, Facebook and Twitter we are all more connected and it makes it so easy to share ideas on how to better our pedagogy, learn new ways to do things and get more ideas for our classrooms.  I have been blessed this last 1.5 years with this blog.  I love the comments that are left on posts, I love the collaboration with other bloggers and the way my teaching has improved because of other amazing teachers sharing their ideas.

Speaking of technology, I have recently collaborated with a group of teachers on Facebook for a Music Teacher Facebook Frenzy.  You won't want to miss this great opportunity to get some free files (about 16) to use for your classroom!

Here's a preview of my Freebie, it's a Winter Themed Beat Strip Collection (similar to my best selling Regular & Thanksgiving Beat Strip Sets).  

Here are couple examples of the beat strip cards:



And here are couple of the composition & diction mini-cards:


There's also the full size composition cards.  This product will be available for FREE during the Facebook Frenzy tomorrow through Sunday and then will be available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for $5.00 after the Frenzy, so grab it now for free!  All you have to do is "like" my Facebook page, if you dont' already.

Simply click on the blue penguin picture:


Then, make sure to follow the frenzy all the way through for more freebies!  Aileen Miracle and Lindsay Jervis are also participating in addition to many other talented and creative music teachers!

So, there you have three of the things that I am thankful for today.  I am also incredibly thankful for all of my readers and TpT customers/followers.  This has been a very fun year, starting my teachers pay teachers store and receiving all your amazing and valuable feedback.  It's always so much fun to hear how my products are being used in your classrooms!  Thank YOU so much for all your support and postive feedback!  Thank you for connecting with me! :)

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Yankee Doodle and a HUGH TpT Sale!!!

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a GREAT Thanksgiving!  I'm going to be breaking out the seasonal songs and games with my kids this week.  We have a little less then 3 weeks until Winter Break with one of those days being a late start.  So, I will see my Kinder-3rd graders 3 times and my 4th & 5th graders 4 times.  There's not really any time to start any new conceptual learning so this time will be spent with a lot of reinforcement of known concepts and a lot of prepping and repertoire building for when we get back.

My 5th graders are currently prepping ti.  This is the EARLIEST I've ever been able to do ti and I'm quite giddy.  They will also get to at least tim-ka (dotted eighth-sixteenth) before May and that too makes me giddy.  I have NEVER taught tim-ka!!  This is in part to it being my 3rd year with the majority of the kiddos and the other I really believe is that I'm teaching children who speak my same "native tongue."  You see, I worked in a "bilingual" school for 10 years prior to being at Red Hawk.  Bilingual is in quotes because it really was an English-language acquisition school.  90-94% of the students' first language was Spanish which means, with me being an English speaking teacher, they were learning in their second language or in a language which was new to them.  As much as I tried to learn repertoire that I could use in my teaching that was from their culture it couldn't replace the fact that I did not grow up with that musical language.

Wow, that was a tangent!

At any rate, back to ti.  My fifth graders are preparing ti, which means we're singing and playing and moving and creating with a lot of repertoire that includes ti.  This brings me to Yankee Doodle.

Mallory Harrison, our past ROCKE president, learned a hand clapping pattern at the OAKE National Conference last year at one of the sessions that she attended.  At Susan Brumfield's ROCKE workshop last year she briefly showed it to me.  I'm not sure if I remembered it correctly but here's the gist:  she learned it to Yankee Doodle (which, there is a fun play party for this song in "The Handy Play Party Book".  If you don't have this book, buy it for yourself as Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa present, you deserve it!).

Here's the "A" section, I'm sure you all know the song:


The hand clapping pattern, facing a partner, goes:
right hand (of partner)
clap (own hand)
left hand (of partner)
clap (own hands)
both (hands of partner)
clap (own hands)
both hands with partner, with inter-linking fingers.  (weave fingers like you are "folding" your hands, then twist your fingers so that they are towards you and your palms go to your partner).
back (against own hands)

Then the pattern repeats.  The 7th step is the hardest (and the hardest to explain)

This was a lot of fun, but we like to kick things up in the music room, so after the finger-weaving pat they changed partners (we were in concentric circles).

Here's a little video of one of my 5th grader classes so you can better see it:

Just a reminder that there's a HUGE Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers tomorrow and Tuesday!

Everything in my store, and many others, will be 28% off!  I was hoping to have my Polar Express files included by tomorrow but I'm not sure they will be.  So, once I do get them posted I will sell them at 20% for the first two days that they are available.

I hope you all have a GREAT week!

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