#1 SET THE STAGE
#2 CHOOSE THE ACTIVITIES
I find that I can keep my students on track by using a variety of learning opportunities throughout the month. It’s the perfect time to implement station activities. Students can work in small groups, socialize and learn concepts at the same time. Then I bring the class back together for a whole group activity like “The Turkey Lurkey” or “Turkey, Turkey, Where Are You Hiding?” I also like my students to be experiencing a lot of instrument playing time. This get’s them super excited too and I’ve found it’s just easier management when they are engaged in instrument playing activities. I have my concepts chosen for the month of November and then I choose activities that support those concepts. At this point in the year I am helping students develop skills in playing instruments and reading notes.
SMALL GROUP AND WHOLE GROUP ACTIVITIES
#2 SET UP THE ACTIVITIES
Here’s one way I organize my lessons when I’m using station activities:
CLASS TIME LESSON OUTLINE IDEA:
Whole class warms up voices:
Whole class sight sings:
Whole class practices skills:
Class breaks up into small groups and is assigned a station area.
Whole Class comes together to review and close lesson.
Here are my selections:
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#3 VARY THE ACTIVITIES
Sometimes I’ll change a station if I find that the students have conquered the skills. Students enjoy playing a game or go to the smartboard for a different way to practice the same skills. In fourth grade, I also use stations for recorders. I like using stations for recorders in music class because then I can work with small groups and give more personal attention to a student who may be struggling. And, it’s a great opportunity for assessment. If you’re just starting recorders, you’ll like the FREE RESOURCE: Thanksgiving BAG that’s in the FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY. Just subscribe and then you’ll recieve an email with the password to some fantastic freebies to help make your teaching job easier. You’ll find: FREEBIES:
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November Lesson Planner:
Fall Rhythm Flash Card Activities:
I plan a different set of activities for each grade. Sometimes I do use the same activity for different grades and I’ll just swap out the flash cards for that grade level. I will have a folder with worksheets for each grade too which makes it easy to switch between classes.
#4 ACTIVITY SONGS
I typically do not use worksheets for Kindergarten. Kindergartners like to pretend and imagine to be animals and so I prefer to do movement activities with them as part of the lesson where they get to be turkeys. I have lot’s of favorite songs Recently I found this adorable video from Thailand of a performance of the song, “I’m a Very Fine Turkey”. This video shows me a new way we can learn music skills from this song. I love how the students are playing xylophones, echoing the gobbling sounds of a turkey. I believe they are playing low C/G and then high C/G. And I have to admit that I love to watch the Kinders act like little turkeys in the barnyard and when I teach them this song. I’ve used it as an activity song. First the boys get to be the turkey’s in the middle of the circle, and then the girls. The students on the outside of the circle sing the song.