I'm linking up again with Aileen Miracle at Mrs. Miracle's Music Room for the linky party: Three Things!
Here are three things we did last week in my classroom:
1. I had a second graders request a Plants vs. Zombies game. After toying with the idea I came up with a "Students vs. Zombies" game to practice so-mi. (We're also prepping la with aural and physical prep right now, more on that in a bit).
So, I created interactive PDFs in which they could sing so-mi patterns from the staff or from stick notation. As an extension, since they loved it so much, we did a stick to staff activity (or a staff to stick activity). They saw the staff PDF and using flashcards had to work in a group of four to find the correct stick notation that decoded the staff notation on the LCD projector. All members of the group had to agree on the correct answer before I would check it, that way there was cooperative learning going on.
Here's a peek at the PDF menu:
2. To piggie back on Aileen's Plainsies Clapsies, my second graders played this game, but instead of bean bags we used footballs. I mean, the Broncos had their season opener on Sunday so why wouldn't we, lol?!!!
3. Queen, Queen, Caroline- my first graders are working on how many sounds are on a beat. Using my large beat strips and foam crowns I bought from The Dollar Store, they put the appropriate number of crowns on the beat to represent the sounds. The first and last line are different then the second and third lines so we used different colored beats strips to represent the form. This is 3/4 of the way through the song derivation.