I was at WalMart earlier this week, and look what I found! Giant animal Easter eggs! (Shown next to regular sized Easter eggs). I'm going to fill these babies with beads and glue them shut and use them for shakers in class. They were 98 cents a piece, I believe.
Next, more WalMart finds...I came across these ladybug binoculars- perfect for my Super Ladybug book that I'm using on the Kindergarten concert. Super Ladybug is going to use them to find the next animal he needs to help. (See book cover below in earlier post.) And, I finally found some koosh balls that don't have anything hard in them. The kind that light up have a hard center. That's not the kind you want kids throwing at your Smart Board. Success!
Be sure to keep an eye on my TpT store in the next week...something good is happening soon...... ;)
This is a project I am going to have my third graders work on...putting their names on the treble clef staff. When we adopted our book series a while back, we got these pads of staff paper. I hung on to them, and have used them for some class projects. This is another one of those projects!
All of the letters that are in the music alphabet can be notated as music notes, while the other letters in the names will be simply written out on the staff. Students will add a treble clef, and if there is space, draw something that is of interest to them (for early finishers.)
For those of you who are interested in this idea, I have added treble clef worksheets to my TpT store. Here is the preview page:
Just click on the picture and that should take you to the product page. Have a great Monday!
Personal: Keep track of my budget in a binder
Professional: Promote my Donor’s Choose projects
Classroom: Keep classes on track with solfa and rhythms
Blog/TpT: Post more on both!
Just for me: Practice the ukulele I just bought. It's pink!
I don't know how successful I will be, but I already have a few followers and some nice comments and ratings on my products in my TpT store. It's only been up for 5 days, so I'm thrilled with the progress!
if you haven't seen it yet, here is the address:
Hope 2015 is a great year for you!
I was having problems with the new Weebly software from my computer- I typed in a long narrative 10 days ago, tried to post it, and the only thing that survived was the title! (And I couldn't get rid of that.) So now I'm back to try again, this time on my iPad.
I've been inspired by Aileen Miracle to write about the top 14 things of 2014 that have happened to me, so here goes...
1.In April, my cousin helped me build carts for the 2 aging bass xylophones that are at my school. These have been immensely helpful, such as when I had to haul them down to the gym for the 3rd grade concert this November.
2. In May, I found out that I was going to be teaching full time for the first time in my 19 year career. Previously, I had worked 4 days a week.
3. At the end of May, my 5th graders graduated, and I hated to see them go. They were a great group to work with- and for their graduation, they sang 2 songs, both 2 parts, and one with several solos. (Sigh) I miss them.
4. May 25 was adoption day for my doggy daughter, Prima Donna, from the Humane Society. I got a second dog to be company for my first dog, Mason. Unfortunately, they don't really get along! They have their moments...ha ha.
5. I spent the summer planning for the next school year, making products for my Teacher's Notebook store, helping out at VBS at church, singing in church choir, getting to know Prima, oh yeah, and sleeping in!
6. Now that I am a full time teacher, I could submit projects on Donors Choose.org. My first project, for 3 glockenspiels, was funded in a week!
7. My classroom had some broken tiles, and was set to be carpeted. The district was going to lay the carpet, but my school's PTO had paid extra money to get them in sooner. The date kept changing, from summer of 2015, to fall of 2014, to the week AFTER the kids came back. I did not want to be moving furniture out of the room and/or teaching elsewhere while they carpeted during the first week of school.(Nor did the custodians.) In the end, the carpet was laid a few days before school started. (Whew!)
8. I submitted a second project on Donors Choose, this time for 3 tubano drums, and a tenor metallophone. I wanted to use them on the 3rd grade concert in November, and was afraid it wouldn't be funded in time, as this one was over $1000. But thanks to a matching grant from the Gates Foundation, it was funded right away. Yay! All of the kids in our 3rd grade classes (one class at a time) had access to an instrument to play on the concert.
9. I decided to make a turkey in my crockpot for Thanksgiving. I ended up buying an inexpensive oven roaster a couple of days before the big event, and cooked it that way. It turned out ok!
10. I decided to buy myself a ukulele...a pink one! West music had free shipping. I have some experience with guitar, it can't be too hard.
11. That led me to post my 3rd Donors Choose project- for a classroom set of ukuleles! Still working on getting this one funded...
12. I had been toying around with opening a second store, this one on Teachers Pay Teachers. On Christmas Eve, I had some extra time, and I jumped in with both feet and did it. I had to go with a different store name, as there is already a "Miss Barker" on TpT. My new store is called "Two Little Barkers Studio" in honor of Mason and Prima. I'll post more once I have enough products in the store.
13-14. I hope to have an uneventful, relaxing next week, an a Happy new year's. I wish the same for you!
Here are my classroom pictures for the year...I am very pleased to say that I have carpet this year! It was installed last week. We previously had tile, and some were broken, which was a bad deal since my students sit on the floor. Some broken tiles were becoming rock depositories. Not a problem anymore! I'm very happy with how it turned out.
My first Donors Choose project has just been posted...I am asking for funding for 3 glockenspiels to be used in centers to practice composition skills. I am excited about this opportunity, as I could not use it before- you have to be a full time teacher to utilize Donors Choose, and prior to this fall, I had only worked 4 days a week.
The glockenspiels I am hoping to get for my students will not only be used for centers, but also in regular music class lessons and concert performances Unfortunately, there was not enough space on the application form to put all the things we can do with them! If you would like to see my project, go to my page at http://www.donorschoose.org/ellen.barker
All donations up to $100 will be doubled until July 28 if you use the promo code INSPIRE. Thanks for looking!
This is a little project that I started after I finished cutting out some Happy Notes for my next year's supply. I thought, "I should be able to come up with something to do with these scraps rather than just throw them away."
After mulling it over, I remembered that it would be handy to have some little reminders of different vocal warm ups to use with my 3rd-5th graders. I always seem to do the same things over and over. I printed out some text using Printshop on my computer and glued it onto the card stock, then laminated them. The blank pieces haven't been laminated yet- I will put ideas on them later. I punched a hole at one end, and threaded them through a book ring.
After I posted this picture on my Facebook page for my store, I had some interest from people who wanted to know if I had put it in my store (I hadn't). So now I'm working on a version you can purchase and print out, although the tabs will all be the same color, depending on what color paper/card stock you use to print. I'll post when I get it done!
Sorry I haven't blogged in over a month- I've had some health issues that have come up. I also found out that I will be teaching full time (for the first time in 20 years) at my school starting next Fall- yea!
So, I decided it was time to get a second dog to keep Mason company- that's a picture of Prima Donna at the top of this post. She is adorable; but keeping Mason from bothering her 24/7 is a full time job...hence another reason why I have been away from the blog!
In addition to my health and the dogs, I have been keeping busy redesigning my seating chart and record keeping pages. I use the iDoceo app on my iPad to keep track of grades & behavior, but I also track those things on paper. You just never know when electronic means can fail.
I decided I needed to get our 2 bass xylos on their own separate carts. We don't have a tremendous amount of barred instruments, but I would like to get enough for a class set, eventually. We currently have everything stacked on a metal tv cart, so when I want to use the basses, I have unload the alto xylos, and aside from that, those bass xylos are old, heavy & difficult to lift & move.
So I first looked online, but these xylos are so old that they don't make stands or carts for them. Plan B: I went to my cousin & we came up with a platform on wheels idea. We put 1 x 2's on the sides & one end to hold the xylo in place, and put a PVC pipe handle on the other end. Materials cost a little over $100 (no teacher discount, I asked :( )
I also sanded the edges with sandpaper, but my cousin already had the sandpaper, so I didn't have to pay for that. We have one ready to go for classes next week, but I could only bring one xylo box home at a time because they are so heavy. (Plus, I don't have a huge car to put them in to transport.) The other cart is half done; we are waiting to put the wood strips on it until I can bring the other box home (they are not exactly the same size.) I'll post pictures once the carts are in my classroom!
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