Monday, March 31, 2014

The Phonics Song and Game

My kids love to sing the Phonics song, a folksong from Alabama, but I made a new rhythm game to go with it last year and finally wrote it all down including promethean flipchart and JPEG"S to make a smartboard chart. It always makes ti-tiki and tiki-ti the kids' favorite rhythm that they'll never forget.

Get it HERE.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

April Fool's Day

I wanted to do something fun to do for April Fool's Day.

A fellow teacher gave me this song:

A fellow teacher on Facebook suggested the following as a musical joke. I am going to try it with my choir tomorrow morning.

Tell them you are teaching them a new warmup. Oh-wa-ta-foo-li-am. Slowy at first, then speed it up and they're saying, "Oh What a Fool I Am". Haha. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dancing Ribbons Rings

Mrs King always has the most creative projects she makes over the summer. I am linking up with a wonderful post she wrote about singing rocks. 

I saw a post on Pinterest last year and bought wooden rings and ribbon. It took FOREVER for the ribbon to come. So... I made them this weekend. I am so excited to try them with "my kids"!!

I got my 3 inch wooden rings from HERE.

Ribbon is VERY expensive. I got my ribbon from HERE.

Check out this Pinterest post to get info on how to make it HERE. 

I took a picture of my kindergarteners dancing with the ribbon rings. Originally, I had intended to put 6 ribbons on it but decided to only put 3.

A couple of tips about making them:

1. the satin ribbon slips off, even after tying 3 knots. Use a lighter to melt the ribbon together slightly. Be careful not to do too much or it will burn a hole in the ribbon. (I learned this from experience)

2. Also use a lighter to melt the ends of the ribbon to keep them from fraying. Just melt it a little. There is also a product called "Fray Check" you can find at the fabric store.

Be sure to check out Mrs King's Music Room summer projects!

Monday, March 24, 2014

A fun game in honor of March Madness

I made this in honor of march madness. It would be a fun thing to do to review songs you want to get better. I am giving this away in honor of getting to my goal of TPT followers. PLEASE take the time to follow my TPT store and to rate this if you like it. Get it FREE Here.

Get it FREE Here but please take the time to give it a rating if you like it. Also please follow my TPT store. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day Activties

I just made a packet with lots of Saint Patrick's Day activities for both K-2 and 3-6. It is very inexpensive. Buy it Here.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rhythm Wall of Fame

I love helping my students to celebrate what they have learned! By the time my students are in 4th grade, they know the following rhythms:

Ta        (quarter)                   q
ti-ti      (2 eighth)                 sd
Ta rest  (quarter rest)           Q
too        (half note)               w
tiki-tiki ( 4 16ths)                xccc
tum       (dotted quarter)      r
ti ta ti    (8th, quarter, 8th)   a q a
tiki- ti   (2 16ths/8th)          xcd   
ti- tiki   (8th and 2 16ths)   sxc

Later in 4th grade, I add dotted eighth/sixteenth notes and 6/8 patterns. I don't test them on those two rhythms for the rhythm wall of fame, but they are ready by the end of the year to start recorder. 

I have a big pile of rhythms we review and one student at a time, one per class period, pass off the rhythms by reading the stack of rhythms in order to get their name on the Rhythm Wall of Fame. It is a big deal to get your name on the special bulletin board. At the beginning of this time,  I show the students various colorful fonts that I found on an old program I have called Scrapbook factory. Each student chooses a font for his or her name. I spend an hour or so making all of the students' names in his or her chosen font. Then I put each class's names into a ziplock baggie and randomly choose a name a day.

When a student passes off the rhythms, he then puts up his name on the "Rhythm Wall of Fame" and gets to choose a small prize I have, such as a bouncy ball or a porcupine character. 

When they are all finished, we have a "party" where, because I am from Ohio, I bring in candy "buckeyes" and play them some cool clips from the Ohio State Marching band and we play "Floating Down the River (on the Ohio). It is IMO, the best college marching band in the country with a rich tradition of great discipline and shows. I was in it while at Ohio State University. It is a great way to show a different kind of music to them and they really enjoy it. See my post about how to play "Floating Down the River" and how to make delicious Buckeyes. 

I have printed out the title "Rhythm Wall of Fame" for a bulletin board. Get the title for FREE HERE. Since no one else is going to have my old program, I thought of a way you can make your own names for your board. Many Clip artists on Teachers Pay Teachers have free alphabet letters. You could just choose a few for your students, and print them colored or let the students color them to make their own unique name. I searched for some of those for you. There are so really fun ones for you to choose from. Find some fun free alphabet letters for your students here. 

I use rhythm patterns that I color code by backing them with colored construction paper. I use a different color for each grade.