Friday, October 26, 2012

4th Graders Play Pumpkin Pattern Memory




Fourth graders enjoyed playing memory with pumpkin patterns.  Each pumpkin had a rhythm on the back.  It also had a matching pumpkin somewhere in the game.  Students picked up a pumpkin, clapped the rhythm and then tried to find its match.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Simple Thriller Dance-video and instructions

I am so proud of the 5th and 6th graders that are working hard preparing for their concert on October 25th.  Below is a sample video of the Thriller dance that you can use to practice at home.  In addition there's a step sheet to show you the moves.  Its a little confusing to look at the step sheet, but hopefully with the video to help you it will make things clearer.  With three weeks still to go, this group is really making progress.





Friday, October 5, 2012

Composing for Instruments in 1st Grade

First Graders have been working on playing and aurally identifying classroom instruments.  We have played them and discussed how to take care of them.  We have even taken an ear training test in which students listened to a sound and then identified it by writing its name or drawing a picture of it.  This week we have written simple rhythm songs using these instruments.

Working in groups of two or three students used a 16 grid box and drew pictures of the instruments that they had in their group in the boxes.  Each box represents a beat.  Students worked together to create instrument patterns then they performed their songs.

I love this!  Can you tell which instruments these partners had? 


I love this look of joy.  We love making music!

These ladies decided to compose colorfully.  I love their attention to detail.

This clever group decided to stack their compositions and play them both one after the other.  Then they switched positions and did it again.  Great thinking!

Teachers:  If you'd like a copy of this grid please go to the amazing Martha Stanley's website to learn more.

Monday, October 1, 2012

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