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Summer Lovin'

Can it already been creeping up on July?!  I've been creating a few new things for the classroom.  I hope to post them soon! :-)  I've been inspired by some great ideas on Pinterest and have been working on some new bulletin board kits to add to Bulletin Boards for the Music Classroom.

I'm really looking forward to doing Star Spangled Banner centers with third graders this year.  Due to my maternity leave last year I didn't get to this awesome unit.  I'm also looking forward to adding more activities with our two iPads.  Look for our new project on Donor's Choose soon!

The Rest Area

During our time together at summer school we have SO many things to accomplish and so little time to do them!  To make things run smoother and to help encourage students to reflect on their choices and make even better ones next time I've created a "rest" area. :-)  This is a place for students to sit and think about the less than desirable choices they have made regarding their behavior or attitude.  A few moments of "resting" and students are ready to join back in with the classroom activities doing even better than before!  The musical rests remind them that this is a time for silence.

Mallet Madness Summer School




Hurray for Mallet Madness!  This fun way to make music lets students play MANY instruments each time they visit the music room.  We've worked on steady beat, reading rhythms, ensemble play, dynamics and of course instrumental playing technique.  The sad part is that there are only 4 days to enjoy the madness!