Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Little Pumpkins was a big hit today

I have been working on this and have improved it some more. I did "5 Little Pumpkins" on my promethean today with my Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders. It was a huge hit. I told them that if they sang it really well, I would let them "roll out of sight", as long as they didn't roll on top of each other. They did so well!

I showed my 2nd grade class the coloring book and they begged to make one, so we will be doing that next week with Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. I can't wait.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mozart- I found a perfect solution for my 6th graders

I have written before about reading the "Getting to know the World's Greatest Composers" series with my 6th graders.

I only read a little bit a day. I then ask questions. If they answer a question or do anything in class, such as sing a solo, they get a raffle ticket. I do a drawing at the end of class and three kids get laffy taffy's. It is amazing what they will do for a laffy taffy. I do this in 5th and 6th grade.

I use my learning target Exit card sometimes to write down some facts that they remember. They have learned so much!

Once that book was done, I started reading the Magic Flute book retold by Anne Gatti. I had them listen to some clips from the enclosed CD. It was okay, but it is in german, so it isn't that interesting. I had bought a DVD last year and never used it until today. It is the Metropolitan opera version of the Magic Flute conducted by James Levine and directed by Julie Taylor. WINNER!! It is in English and is wonderful. I will show them one scene a day. They were very quiet and engaged. :-)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

150 followers on Teacherspayteacher- get a freebie

I have gotten almost 50 more followers recently and will be sending out a note telling people when I will post a new fun file for Halloween. I only need 3 more followers. If you haven't already, go follow my page. Floating Down the River on the Ohio

This is the file I will be posting soon, free for a short time: