By now you know how much I love to use props in the music room. Lately I’ve been experimenting with the parachute. I’m sure I’ll discover lot’s of new ways to use it in my classroom as I “kid” test the activities. I thought you might like a FREE RESOURCE with activities you can use with the parachute. I came up with ten musical parachute activities for the music classroom.
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This blog post is part of a month-long series of blog articles about creative movement.
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After you teach a couple of years, you start to get a feel for the patterns and sequences of behaviors in the school year calendar. “Here we go again -” and “….it’s the week before Holiday break”, or, “the last six weeks of school are the toughest. . .”, are common comments from seasoned teachers.
It’s natural then, that I’ve seen a definite pattern to when I’ll use creative movement activities too.
WHEN TO USE CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Here’s some of the times I’m most likely to use creative movement activities.
BACK TO SCHOOL- games and movement activities to welcome students and build classroom community.
TESTING WEEKS- when kids brains are fried and they need to burn out testing stress.
HEAT/SNOW DAYS- when kids are confined to the classroom for a long time.
SPRING- when the weather is perfect for playing outside.
END OF YEAR- when everyone “knows” there’s only weeks left until summer break.
DAYS BEFORE/AFTER BREAKS- transitions back into the school routine.
REWARD DAYS- when students choose movement activities as their reward for filling up their behavior charts.
Maybe you don’t use them at all? That’s OKAY! These are my “go to” activities for restless students.
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I’m working to create a library that’s full of a variety of lessons and activities for you to choose from to help you out all year long.
Wouldn’t it be great to use creative movement to teach musical concepts?
Here’s some of my ideas on how to use parachutes in music class.
PARACHUTE ACTIVITY MUSIC LESSONS
MUSIC LESSONS- when the creative movement activity supports the lesson goal.
That way we get wiggles/attention/stress and MUSIC LEARNING at the same time. And-That’s why I created ten musical parachute activities for the music classroom. Here are the basic ideas of the games. For the full resource- just SUBSCRIBE to the FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY.
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10 MUSIC CLASS PARACHUTE ACTIVITIES
Here’s an overview of the activities in the resource.
1- THE SOLOIST
One student is the “SOLOIST”. All the other students are in the “CHOIR”.
The “SOLOIST” has a bean bag or a soft ball and sits on the floor underneath the parachute. The “CHOIR” moves the parachute up and down. When the music stops- the “SOLOISTS” will toss a bean bag to another student-who will then sing a “solo”.
2- REPEAT SIGN
Students play this game to “Repeat” a rhythm or melody.
Teacher or a student plays/sings melodic or rhythmic patterns. Students “echo” through parachute movements.
4 SHOW ME
Use the familiar song “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” to show the movement on the body.
Play or sing Melody patterns and have the students “show” how the melody moves up and down.
5 PLAY IT FOR ME
Make two circles of students to represent two teams. Team #1- inner circle of students will hold onto the parachute. Team #2- outer circle of students, will be trading places with the inner circle if they get the answer correct.
Version #2 Non-competitive game-
Instead of echo-playing/singing, just have the students trade places.
Students stand in a circle with parachute.
One student (the fermata) walks around the outside of the parachute with a bean bag or soft ball.
Everyone “pops” the parachute up and the student tosses the ball underneath where the closest student picks it up and then becomes the next “fermata”.
Kid tosses ball under the Para- that person walks
VARIATION: Play your own music- when you play a “fermata” the students pop up the parachute and try to hold it as long as you hold the music.
Students create different movements- tip toe, squats, side legs out, to the Form of the music. Then they show the form as they move around the circle with the parachute.
8 MUSICAL STORY
Students showl a story by using movements with the parachute to show the action in the story. Create specific actions for each character. For example: “Peter and the Wolf”, Peter could always be students holding the parachute and walking around in a circle. The Wolf could be movement with students sitting down and making big waves that match the rhythm of the French Horn part.
9 BEAT IT
Sitting or standing and playing the beat with up and down movements.
10 THE CONDUCTOR
Students stand in a circle holding the parachute. Music or drum beat begins the game. One student (the “Conductor”) holds flash cards in their hand and moves around the circle weaving in and out around the students and under the parachute.
When the music/drum beat stops, the “Conductor” tags the closest student in the circle. That student must choose a card from the “Conductor’s” hand and show/sing/answer what is on the card.
Are you getting excited about using the parachute in your classroom? It’s VERY easy to use and I LOVE using it because HANDS are connected to the PARACHUTE.
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