My 4th and 5th graders have been knee deep in drilling the treble clef since we start recorders after break. Side note, I wish I could bring out the recorders all year round: having them available to play for reading skills and working that into my curriculum at a more regular frequency is a goal for next year. Right now I do a "unit" and to be honest I hate units. I love teaching on a spiral curriculum and units always seem to break the flow. But on the other hand, it really is motivating in the final weeks of school.
Back to drilling and killing. Horrible, right? Who likes it?! This year I created the "Treble Clef is Awesome" file and the kids ate it up. But I always like to keep things fresh and fun. You spend too much time on something it becomes stagnant. I get a lot of emails about how I keep my older students engaged and this is key: keep them on their toes, keep the pacing fast and don't give them time to think about anything else.
So, since we had the Facebook Frenzy and I was working on a Lines and Spaces file I decided to extend it to the treble clef. You see, I'm a manipulative-junky. In the quest to figure out what I was going to do for the frenzy I ran across these Animal Foam Beads at Oriental Trading:
We played this two different days. The first day we played it like this:
I bought this fun "toy" at the beginning of the year, called the Eggspert (google it, you can find them at a bunch of different sites):
The next lesson there were no large staves. Instead, I positioned the Eggspert so it was in the middle of all the groups. The teams sat around their polydot. The play was essentially the same but they would ring in when everyone in their group had spelled the word on the staff. To avoid fighting (you know they'll hold you to every technicality) they had to do it "Top Chef" style in that everyone had to have their writing materials down and their hands up:
The powerpoint and many other files can be found in my new Treble Clef Bundle: Treble Clef Safari and is on sale for $5 today and tomorrow.
My third graders are practicing ti-tika so they've been playing fun games like "Dic-Dic-Tation" that you can find in Susan Brumfield's book, "Hot Peas and Barley-O"
My first and second graders have a concert when we get back from spring break so they've been busy with that.
My kinders had the worst case of "Spring break-itis" I've ever seen! So, the pe teacher and I combined last week and taught dance. Many of the dances that we did came out of "Rhythmically Moving" by Phyllis Weikart. If you're not familiar with this resource you should check it out! It's really a great compilation of dances. Phyllis Weikart was a pe teacher, so it's presented and lined up in her book a little differently but it's pretty easy to understand once you get the hang of it!
If you haven't hit up the Facebook Frenzy you have a few more hours to do so! It ends at 8:00 pm EST tonight!
Thanks to Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for hosting the Linky Party!