We LOVE using manipulatives in music class! This week Kindergarteners and some First Grade classes used ABC charts to learn about sounds and silence in music. This also provided a great opportunity for me to hear their beautiful singing voices!
Here's what we did:
Students sang the "ABC Song" and touched each letter on the chart as they sang it. Then we took a chip and placed it over a letter. Instead of singing the letter we replaced it with "shh!". We added more chips (and more rests) to the song and thought of ways to make it even more challenging. Students did a great job of "reading" their music and singing and resting at the right times.