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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE - BOOKS TO SING

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Adapted by Sonali Fry
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek
ISBN: 978-1-481-40505-8

This cute adaptation of the Eency Weency Spider invites children to join the bouncing pumping as he makes his way home on an Autumn day.  My students have LOVED singing this along withe the spider version all month.  It's a quick and easy, fun-filled, story that invites singing.

To create a B Section, you will need 4 cut-out pumpkins (or four wooden painted pumpkin shapes from your local craft store).  On each pumpkin, draw a single line and place a colored-in circle above or below the line.  This will create a set of high-low pumpkins.  Place magnets on the back for an magnetic white-board experience or simply use a pocket chart with a high and low pocket.  Place the four pumpkins in a line and sing the high-low pattern after each verse in the story (there are 2 complete verses in this board book).  Invite students to move the pumpkins around to create new hgh-low patterns and sing again.

Another option might be to sing one high-low pumpkin after each line in the song.  For example:
     The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down a spooky street.
          high-low-high-low
     He passed a ghoulish ghost and stinky goblin's feet.
          high-high-low-low

Enjoy and keep singing.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

GR 4

Check back on Sunday evening or Monday for another classroom activity - this time from GR 4! Hope you have been successful with these past few weeks of postings.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

MELODY / GR 3 D-R-M and PREPARING LA,

Spooky Hour
Written by Tony Mitton
Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
ISBN: 978-0-439-60373-7

So I'm looking for a book that I could reinforce m-r-d patterns and still prepare low la.  This book can be easily sung with simply m-r-d for the first three phrases of each "hour," then simply sing a reverse m-r-d pattern on the fourth phrase ending on low la.

Between each hour, I used my d-r-m cards to have students sing various d-r-m patterns - creating a B Section as I turned the page to reveal the following 4-line stanza of the story.

I have attached a recording of the melody that I'm using.  It can give you an idea of what I'm working with -- If i get better at this, I'll redo and attach a better version in the next day or two for you to hear.




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Saturday, October 7, 2017

STEADY BEAT - GR 2 / PREPARING HALF NOTE

The Day of the Dead - El dia de los muertos
(A Bilingual Celebration)
Written by Bob Barner
Illustrated by Teresa Mlawer
ISBN: 978-0-545-40455-6

As my second grade students are still working with half note and do patterns (prepare) - I am working with song selections and activities that allow for exploration of these concepts.

While reading this story, I am beginning with a simply ta ti-ti rhythmic pattern that can be played on rhythm sticks (i.e. Day of the Dead - ta ti-ti ta rest).  I will then change the rhythm pattern to include half note rhythms (i.e. Dead, dead, day of the dead - long-beat long-beat ta ti-ti ta rest).

I have attached a copy of the bone holding a sign that I used to write my rhythm patterns.  Simply download the pattern, print and laminate and you can write/wipe as many patterns as you would like.  If they are laminated, you can even let students write and wipe their own patterns!  :)

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The book currently available through SCHOLASTIC for only $1, so many of my GR 2 students that have LOVED buying books to make music with in the past, have been bringing in their dollars to have their own copy.

As we create new rhythm patterns using bones, students can cut out miniatures of the pattern and tape them into the story to create a play-along they can share at home.

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