Thursday, November 1, 2012

Candy Rhythms Koosh Ball Game

*This file is not working properly right now - I will post again when it is fixed!

For some reason the file is not saving properly...I used the Activity Builder to have the bags "accept" or "reject" the candies (based on the rhythm). It works when I make it, but when I close it and open the file again they do not work. Any thoughts on how to make it save properly??

Candy Rhythms: Koosh Ball Game

For a little MORE fun, I have turned my candy rhythm game into a koosh ball game. My kids love these games! Click here or on a picture to download!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Hangover: Rhythm Candies

Sigh. It is one of those years. The kind where Halloween night falls on a school night. I am always trying to think of activities to do "the day after", when the kids are tired but excited and full of sugar. I created a SMARTboard activity for the Grade 1's that I think might hold their attention. In this activity, the kids sort their Halloween candies into bags by matching the word sounds to the rhythms on the bags. I have bigger ideas for this, and will post a new version of the file when it is done, but alas it is time for bed!

Feel free to download this version for now if you're looking for something to do with the little ones tomorrow!

Click here or on the picture to download.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Rhythms

Halloween Rhythms

Students match Halloween phrases with rhythm patterns (grade 4 level).

Click here to download for free!

Favourite Find: Sol - La - Mi Listening Activity

Sol - La - Mi Listening Activity

Ack! Another one! Cherie Herring is my HERO! Haha!!

She says:
"This is a great listening and reading activity to play with grades 2 – 4. Before listening, have students draw and “connect the note dots” on each written pattern so they can see the shape of the melody. Students touch the large ear or character on each page to hear a child sing a solfege pattern then try to identify the written pattern heard. If they are correct, they can touch the second character for a funny comment reward. Some pages have students listen to three choices before identifying the pattern seen. Notice that each pattern is linked to it’s sound for additional game possibilities.
For additional reinforcement, have the students look at the patterns briefly and then write them on staff paper, or use chips or bottle tops on staff paper."

Favourite Find: SQUILT - Musical Listening Activity for SMART Board

 SQUILT - Musical Listening Activity for SMART Board

This is a MUST have. Just saying!

The author says:

In this activity, SQUILT stands for 

I can’t really say that this activity will be Quiet… I like to have fun and this activity is really a musical listening adventure. It is serious fun!  

Linked: Each star-burst is linked to a different listening activity. There are enough linked pages for a class of 20 and several pages have multiple choices, so it is possible to accommodate even more children that way.

Here are a few of the listening activities in this file:
  • Listen for location music – Mexico
  • Listen for meter of 3
  • Listen for meter of 4
  • Arrange examples in tempo order: Largo- Moderato – Presto
  • Listen for music that matches food items
  • Listen for music written during grandparent’s time vs popular tunes
  • Listen and tell the story of the music - scary dream
  • Listen and identify music for “date night” – orchestra
  • Listen for music identifying commercials and TV shows
  • Listen and move to musical styles
Lesson flow: There are links to each page and back to the home page for seamless lesson flow. On most pages, there is a funny comment hidden in the choices. The kids love this and can’t wait to hit the jackpot!  This would be a great lesson for a music sub… if you dare miss the fun!!

Favourite Find: SQUILT Notebooking Page

SQUILT Notebooking Page

I really like this SQUILT page - it contains some nice guidelines to help kids with what to listen for!

Click on a picture for the free download from Homegrown Learners!

Favourite Find: Soda Rhythms

Soda Rhythms for the SMART Board

Studens listen to a rhythmic pattern and pull down a "Soda rhythm" to fill each beat box. Students may touch the "hand" to check their work. A correct pattern is rewarded with a funny comment. A PDF file of Soda Can Cards is attached for the teacher to reproduce/laminate for whole class participation. Optional game ideas are included.

Favourite Find: Pumpkin Patch Solfege

Pumpkin Patch Solfege

This SMARTBoard Activity is a simple Halloween – themed solfege activity. Students touch a pumpkin and the link opens a pumpkin on the fence musical notation example. The pumpkin notes are movable and optional “sol – mi – la” syllables are ready for labeling.
It really is very simple and adaptable for all ages for an interesting little ditty during the music classes during October.

I used this activity with my grade 1/2/3 classes and they loved it. I had them throw a koosh ball at the screen to hit the pumpkins. Excellent assessment pieces as well!

Favourite Find: Sounds Go Up/ Sounds Go Down

Sounds Go Up/ Sounds Go Down

This is a wonderful SMARTboard lesson by Cherie Herring. Students listen to the music when they touch the "package". If the music is ascending they put it in the airplane, and if it is descending, they put it in the train. Later they draw the contour of music they hear!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Five Little Pumpkins for Boomwhackers

I finally finished working on my SMART Board pages for Five Little Pumpkins!

The first page is just a simple page for singing the song. Tap on each "thought" bubble and a picture appears as a hint for what that pumpkin says. At the end of the song, tap a pumpkin and they "roll" out of sight!

The next page is a simple solfege ladder that corresponds with the Boomwhacker colours. Students can do "sight-playing" exercises as the teacher points to the pumpkins. Modify into the Five Little Pumpkins song. It's a good demonstration of how the song goes up and down the scale.

The next four pages are the Five Little Pumpkins song notated in boxes: 4 beats per measure, 4 measures per page. Younger students will have an easier time playing this version, as opposed to the notes on the music staff.
Next is a page just like the previous set, but with empty boxes. Students can drag the pumpkins into the boxes to create their own Boomwhacker songs. If you want them to stick to pentatonic, just tell them which colours are "off limits", or you can delete them altogether!

Next is the song notated (still with colour pumpkins) on the staff for older students. The colours help them out, but they will become more aware of how melodies move up and down on the music staff.

The last page is an empty music staff where students can compose their own Boomwhacker pieces with the coloured pumpkins.

To download this SMART Board file for free, click here! Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Barnyard Song (Visual)

Barnyard Song (Visual)

Visual for Barnyard Song (also often called "I Had a Cat" or "Bought Me A Cat". Students can play a solid bordun throughout, while other students play each animal (so-mi patterns).

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The first round of SMART Board files are up for the taking! Please see below or the SMARTboard Files Page (top tab) to download!

Pumpkin Fat

Students notate the rhythm using pumpkins and ghosts, then using standard notation. Students also notate the song on the 2-line staff using So & Mi (first with pumpkins, then with standard notation). Can also be printed for pencil & paper work or assessment.

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Peas Porridge Hot

Students notate the rhythm, then compose a melody using B, A and G or C Pentatonic. Can also be printed and used as worksheets.

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I-V Harmony

Simple worksheet for students to identify V when they are given I. Can be printed & used as pencil & paper assessment or done as a class on the SMART Board.

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How Are You Today?

Use with a greeting song such as "Hello everybody and how do you do?". Students touch the face that matches what he/she feels and it changes to the page that matches that feeling. Great for non-verbal students or special education.

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Five Little Ducks

Ducks swim away when touched, and they all swim back at the end when mother duck calls!

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Students order dynamics by symbol in order, as well as over a crescendo and decrescendo. Can also be printed as paper and pencil assessment.

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Composing With Boomwhackers

A composition tool for Boomwhackers, beginning with heartbeat & rhythmic notation for little ones, and ending with 5-line staff notation for older students.

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Bow Wow Wow

Notate the rhythm of Bow Wow Wow, and then compose a melody using So and Mi on the 2-line staff.

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Let's Write Rhythms

For beginners learning to notate rhythms in 4/4 time. Students drag eighth notes, quarter notes and quarter rests into the boxes. Can also be used for rhythmic dictation (write what I clap).

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Add Bar Lines & Note Names

Students add bar lines and note names on the 5-line staff.

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Add Bar Lines & Distinguish Between Lines & Spaces

Students add bar lines and label each note as a line note or a space note.

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Add the Bar Lines

A daily edit on time signature - students add the bar lines for 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time.

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Daily Edit: Mi, So & La

A simple daily edit or printable worksheet - students colour in the mi, so and la notes with specified colours to assess their understand of where notes "live" on the staff.

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One Potato

Simple visual for One Potato, highlighting the rhythm, accents, time signature, and bar lines.

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Instrument Jeopardy

**Please note: Unfortunately I dont know where I got this lovely template for Jeopardy so I can't give him/her credit! But this template is very easy to edit if you want to delete my questions/answers and add in your own!

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Welcome to my Elementary Music Resources Blog! On this blog I would like to share my original SMART Board files, worksheets, lesson ideas and more. Please feel free to download, use and change any of these resources in order to make them fit your classroom! Enjoy!