I'm linking up again this week with Aileen Miracle at Mrs. Miracle's Music Room for Three Things (that I did in my classroom last week):
So, first with 5th grade we're reviewing syncopa and prepping tam-ti (we're a little behind- we usually get to tam-ti in 4th grade). So we sang and danced John Kanaka because it isolates tam-ti so nicely. Here they are:
This is an easy dance to teach. I teach just the stomp and hand pattern first. They get that really quickly. Then once they have it, we turn and face a partner. By the time my kids have had me for a couple years they know that when I turn to my neighbor they figure out who theirs will be. I'm a big believer of consistent systems in the classroom- THEY SAVE TONS OF TIME!!! So, at this age I don't spend time having them figure out their partners, they can do it without stopping their singing. At this point, they know the song so they take over the singing. I can call "concentric circles" and they make a double circle. I can teach the rest of the dance with calling the moves as they sing because they know the vocabulary. Really, the only other things to add are the do-si-do and the step the the left. They love this song and have a lot of fun with it!
My 3rd graders are practicing tika-tika (and prepping ti-tika) so I made a target practice game. I really wanted to stretch them and get out of the "4-beat pattern practice" that we easily fall into. So, I made cards with 8 beat patterns in 2-meter. They got into groups of 4 and each set of 4 got a set of 16 cards that they set out so they all could see them:
Then I would call a card and they would use a Nerf dart to "shoot" the target. This group all thought they were correct- again, it's 8 beat patterns so many of them were similar. Once they shot a target they'd hold it up and I would check and let them know who was correct.
When using Nerf "shooters" you have to pick out the right kind. They'll stick to laminated cards, it's a lot of fun. You'll need the kind with the suctions on the top like these:
With my first graders we're prepping ta ti-ti (one and two sounds on a beat). One chant that I LOVE for this is "2, 4, 6, 8" because 3 of the 4 lines are rhythmically different:
With this, we did a mini-contra dance. The students were in two lines, facing their partner.
- On the first phrase they took 4 steps towards each other.
- On the second phrase they shook hands.
- On the 3rd phrase they pointed to their wrists where their watch would be (beats 1 & 2 of that phrase) and then pointed at the their partner on "don't wait."
- Finally, on the last line they took 4 steps backwards to their starting positions.
Thanks to Aileen for hosting this weekly link up!!! Make sure to head over to her blog this week, she's having a celebration for reaching 3,000 followers on TpT. If you're not following her make sure you are as she's having a followers only freebie on Thursday!!!
Have a GREAT week everyone!