$2 Tuesday!

Hi there everyone!! 
I'm excited to host and present a little surprise for you... a $2Tuesday sale!!!

I had the honor this weekend to present in Lubbock for KET (Kodály Educators of Texas), which is a SUPER big chapter!! I was privileged to be out there two years ago in Lubbock and then last fall (2015) in Denton so when I was asked back to Lubbock I was super excited!!! We spent the day singing and playing music literacy games. I met lots of new people and saw some lovely familiar friends. During the session I presented one of my favorite activities to do with my older students around Thanksgiving and the Holidays and that is Rhythm Fraction Turkeys. You can read more about it here.  I'm always reminded of how open ended this activity is and how great it is to see how students, AND TEACHERS, work together in groups with it.  So, I thought since we had such fun with it this weekend I would make it available to all of you for just $2!  You can grab it here.

And make sure to look below at the other $2 deals and also search TpT for "$2TuesdayMusic"

If you're a music seller on TpT I would love for you to link up. I'm only making 20 spots available, if you miss out this time come back next month as I'd love for you to join me at some point!


    An InLinkz Link-up


Thanksgiving Activities

Happy November everyone!!!  As we're entering this week it's hard to believe how little time there is until Thanksgiving. We're lucky in our district that we get the entire week off!  With that said, there are two weeks until break. I have a student teacher right now and I'm kind of bummed because some of my favorite activities are Thanksgiving things!

So to deal with my "withdrawal" from teaching Thanksgiving songs I thought I'd share a few of my favorites!

One of the first songs I ever learned for Thanksgiving I learned during my student teaching from Cindy McCaskill. It's a song called Grinding Corn. I've blogged about it before and you can read that here.  Last year we added a stick passing game and it's really been successful with all the classes I taught it to (and I had FIVE rounds of 2nd grade last year!). Here's a little video:


The other super fun, new thing we did last year was a turkey rhythm race.  I bought inflatable turkey beach balls from Oriental trading. I put one rhythm on each of the turkeys. The class was then divided into four groups. Each group would have a student stand, then race down to grab a turkey, bring it back and the whole class would read the rhythm pattern that the four turkeys created:


Sad note about this: the turkey beach balls have been discontinued at Oriental Trading. Boo!!! But they do have inflatable reindeer so go stock up and do this same activity in December! 

My older kids really like my Turkey Lurkey Football Rhythm Blitz games... it's basically a glorified version of "post office". But the catch is they work as teams.  I like this because it promotes cooperative learning.  Here you can see how they're helping each other out:


Another fun song, that's fun anytime and great for "la" is "Round and Round." The words are:
Round and round the wheel goes round
As it turns the corn is ground.

The students keep singing it over and over, with one student in the center who is the miller. The miller at any point shouts "FLOUR!" When this occurs all students scatter, finding a new partner. They DON'T want to be the miller at the end of the game (well, let's admit it, some of them do... lol)


The other thing that my kids might be doing is playing Rhythm Wars.  Here are my 5th graders playing it (you can also play it with them tapping each other's pool noodle light sabers. I'm currently redoing this set, check it out here.


If you're looking for more songs to teach, that also teach musical concepts check out my two Thanksgiving song bundles.  
This is the set from last year: 

And this is this year's set:

Have a great week everyone!

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