Sunday, May 23, 2010

Group Lesson Stations

These week I will be having group lessons and I am trying a new thing: STATIONS.  


Usually I have game and activities and all the students play together at group lessons.  This has gone well, but when I have different levels of students, it can be a challenge.  I have been substitute teaching lately and many school teachers use stations for math or reading.  The kids have assigned groups and they go to the station and complete the activity either together or by themselves.  The kids really enjoy stations and I thought I would try it in a group lesson.  


I have four stations and each has a game or activity for the students to complete.  Each activity has different levels for the students to choose from, so that they will be reviewing concepts they have learned.  The material and instructions for the activity is at the station and they are all games we have played before in our lesson time.  The students are paired up other students on their same level.  Every ten minutes we will rotate to a new station.  This format allowed me to have students of different levels and have more students come to one group lessons.  


I usually like to keep group lessons to 5 or 4 students, but this week one group lesson will have seven students!  I think the rotation will keep all the students busy, while keeping the groups small at each station.  I have attached an example of the instructions I have for  "Chutes and Ladders"  I have made rhythms on different colored note cards that students add or subtract.  Since then I have added Rhythm Addition Cards to my site, which would be an easy way to play the game in different levels.  A great way to review rhythm with a game the students love.   Enjoy!

Chutes and Ladders Directions

Music Bingo: Faber and Faber Level 2B


Bingo Orange Level

Faber Bingo Cards Level 2B

Orange Level Bingo Cards  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bug Songs

Bug Song (sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It)
Oh, I wish I were an eensy-weensy spider. *clap, clap*
Yes, I wish I were an eensy-weensy spider. *clap, clap*
I'd go "creepy-creepy-crawly" down your hall and up your "wall-y!"
Oh, I wish I were an eensy-weensy spider.*Clap Clap* (clap hands twice)
Oh, I wish I were a yellow honeybee. *clap, clap*
Yes, I wish i were a yellow honeybee. *clap, clap*
I'd go "buzzy-buzzy-buzzy" and my stripes would all be fuzzy!
Oh, I wish I were a yellow honeybee. *2 claps, 2 stomps* (stomp feet twice)
Oh, I wish you were a wiggly caterpillar. *clap, clap*
Yes, I wish I were a wiggly caterpillar. *clap, clap*
I'd go "munchy-munchy-munchy." All the leaves would be my "lunch-y"!
Oh, I wish i were a wiggly caterpillar.
*clap, clap, stomp, stomp, click, click* (2 clicks with tongue)
Oh, I wish I were a small red army ant.*clap, clap*
Yes, i wish i were a small red army ant.*clap, clap*
I'd go "trompy-trompy-trompy" over hills and through the "swamp-y"!
Oh, I wish i were a small red army ant.
*clap, clap, stomp, stomp, click, click, jump, jump*
Oh, I wish i were a hungry little skeeter.*clap, clap*
Yes, I wish i were a hungry little skeeter.*clap, clap*
I'd go "bitey-bitey-bitey" when you went outside at "night- y"!
Oh, I wish i were a hungry little skeeter.
*clap, clap, stomp, stomp, click, click, jump, jump, Shhhh, Shhhh!!
A Fly is on my toe Sung to: "Farmer in the Dell"
A fly is on my toe, A fly is on my toe,
Hi-ho, just watch me blow. A fly is on my toe
Other verses: A fly is on my nose ,my head, my ear, my elbow, my knee,
etc..
Teaching Tip: I point to the body part and have the children tell me where the fly is now.


Bee Hive 
(Put your hands together like a bee hive and say...) 
This is my bee hive, but where are the bees,
 hidden inside where nobody sees, 
one two three four five (Pop fingers up while counting) 
And then Buzz the children with your fingers.
A hunting we will go Sung to “The Farmer and the Dell”
A-hunting we will go, A-hunting we will go,
We'll catch a
butterfly
And put it in a box,
Then we'll let it go!

Substitute other insects for butterfly

Baby Bumble Bee Song
I'm bringin home a baby bumble bee
Won't my mama be so proud of me
I'm bringin home a baby bumble bee
Yuck!!!!  That bumblebee got honey all over me!
I'm tasteing the honey from the  bumblebee
Won't my mama be so proud of me
I'm tasteing the honey from the  bumblebee
Yuck!!!!  It's all over me!!!!
I'm wiping off the honey from the bumblebee
Won't my mama be so proud of me
I'm wiping off the honey from the bumblebee

Uh Oh!!!!!!  Here comes mommy!!!!!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Fruit and Vegetable Songs

Click on the picture to get a copy of the songs!





OH, Do You Eat Your Vegetables? Sung to: "Muffin Man"
Oh do you eat your vegetables, vegetables, vegetables?
Oh, do you eat your vegetables-each and every day?

Oh, yes we eat our vegetables, vegetables, vegetables:
Oh yes we eat our vegetables-each and every day!

To continue the song, ask each child in turn to name a vegetable. 

Substitute the child's name and her vegetable choice, and have everyone sing the new words. For example:

Oh Janet eats green beans, green beans, green beans,
Oh Janet eats green beans-each and every day!

The Good Food Song 
Sung to: "Old MacDonald Had A Farm"

Fruits are good for me,
EE I EE I O
And so I eat them happily,
EE I EE I O
With an apple here
and an apple there
Here a apple, there a apple
Everywhere a apple, apple.
Fruits are good for me,
EE I EE I O.

*Use your own creativity to add other vegetables
Variation: Vegetables are very good for me

Vegetable Soup Song Sung to: "Farmer in the Dell"
The soup is boiling up
The soup is boiling up
Stir slow-around we go
The soup is boiling up.

First we add the broth
First we add the broth
Stir slow-around we go
The soup is boiling up.

Now we add some carrots
Now we add some carrots
Stir slow-around we go
The soup is boiling up.

Teaching Tips
I have the students pick vegetables from some play food and add it to the soup bowl

Vegetables  Sung to: "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
We are pumpkins, big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins, big and round
Seated on the ground.

We are string beans, green and fine.....
Growing on a vine.
We are onions, round and white....
We make soup taste right.
We are carrots, orange and long...
Help us sing our song.
We are cabbage, green or red....
See our funny head.
We are corn stalks, tall and straight....
Don't we just taste great.


Lemon in the Bowl 
Five big lemons in the bowl. (hold up five fingers)

One fell out and started to roll. (Fold down one finger, and roll hands)
It bumped the table and hit my toe (clap once, and touch toes )
How many lemons in the bowl? 1-2-3-4 (Count fingers)


Continue counting down to zero
Variation:

Start with 10 lemons and take away two or more.  
Write the subtraction problem on the board.
Use lemons to help students visualize the song.


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