I now have a Facebook page dedicated mostly to my teacher's notebook products, but I imagine my classroom blog updates will be announced there, too. I just started it today, so it's looking a little lonely right now. I put a link on my splash page. Come "like" my page! There will be much more added as time goes by.
This is a topic I have posted on before... I use die cuts from Dollar Tree of one or two syllable pictures to make a rhythm chart. The hearts are taped in, and we start by saying "beat, beat, beat..." as I point to the hearts with my pointer. Then I point to the pictures, and we say the names of the pictures (glue, glue, glue, scissors, etc.) I use this with Kindergarten and first grade. I ask them which picture has one sound to a beat, and which has two sounds to a beat. Then I call on students to come and switch the order of the pictures, which they love to do, and we read the new rhythm.
I took 8 index cards and made 4 quarter note and 4 paired eighth note cards. After the first graders have changed the order of the pictures, I have them insert the index note cards in front of the pictures. Then as a class, we read the rhythms with ti-ti's and ta's. This is an easy way to introduce and reinforce quarter and eighth notes, and it also gives my Kindergarteners something else to do in their 45 minute classes.
I've been cleaning my house over the break, and I came across these cards that I made and laminated last fall. I had some sticker sheets that I bought at the Parent Teacher store that featured animals in their habitats- jungle, land, ocean, etc. So I made a grid pattern and printed it off on card stock, along with the names of the animals. Then I put the stickers on them and laminated.
I think I will use them as a sorting center where students sort the animal names by their rhythm. I still need to come up with a place for the kids to put the cards (with the rhythms laid out).
It's been a month since the last time I posted- all the holiday revelry has passed. Now its time to get back to business. I have one grade that is not working on concert material- 2 grades have a concert within the next month. It's kind of ironic that the one grade level that has spent most of the school year preparing for a concert is now the only grade level that isn't preparing for a concert- 3rd grade performed in late November, and we've all been deep in holiday and winter music since.
I'm looking forward to getting the 4th grade concert out of the way at the end of January, with 2nd soon after. I'm going to have to whip up some Olympic themed lessons for February for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. And then there's Valentine's Day and President's Day...whew! It will be here before we know it.