Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Circle of Fifths

Here is a fun activity that has students filling out the circle of fifths with ornaments around a wreath.  The student chooses an ornament and places it in the correct circle on the wreath.  You can have the ornaments all out on the table for the students to put them in order or the student can pick one at a time (a little harder).   I glued my ornaments to bottle tops for a more sturdy playing piece.

Christmas Circle of 5ths



I put my bottle cap ornaments in a peanut jar covered in Christmas wrapping paper.
Students picked one ornament and placed it on the wreath.

They continued until they completed the circle of fifths with note names.
 Then they added the key signatures on top.
Then they advanced to minor key signatures.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Songs

There's A Little Elf Sitting On My Nose
There's a little elf sitting on my nose
There's a little elf sitting on my nose
He is sitting on my nose, then off away he goes
There's a little elf sitting on my nose

There's a little elf sitting on my knee
There's a little elf sitting on my knee
He is sitting on my knee, then off away he flees
There's a little elf sitting on my knee

There's a little elf sitting on my head
There's a little elf sitting on my head
He is sitting on my head, then off he goes to bed
There's a little elf sitting on my head

Idea: Clap or pat twice after each verse.  Use a high "elf voice" to sing the song.

Christmas Cheer Sung to "Mary Had A Little Lamb"
Clap your hands with Christmas Cheer
Christmas Cheer, Christmas Cheer
Clap your hands with Christmas Cheer
Very best time of the year.

Alternatives: Spin around, Bend your knees, Reach up high, Dance around, Pat your knees, March in place, Jump around

Can Eight Brown Reindeer Pull Santa's Sleigh?
Eight brown reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh
One fell down and ran away
The elf called Santa and Santa said
"Can Seven brown reindeer pull Santa's sleigh"

Continue counting until one is left
One brown reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh
He fell down and ran away
The elf called Santa and Santa said
"Call Rudolph!"

Idea: Have eight students line up and each time you take a reindeer away, one student sits down.
Also you could have pictures of eight reindeer or foam reindeers and take one away each time.




Christmas time is here Sung to: "Farmer in the Dell"

Christmas time is near.
Christmas time is near.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Christmas time is near.
It’s time to trim the tree.
It’s time to trim the tree.
Merry Christmas everyone.
It’s time to trim the tree.
It’s time to wrap the gifts.
It’s time to wrap the gifts.
Merry Christmas Everyone.
It’s time to wrap the gifts.
It’s time to hang the stocking.
It’s time to hang the stocking.
Merry Christmas everyone.
It’s time to hang the stocking.
Santa will soon be here.
Santa will soon be here.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Santa will soon be here. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Train with New Easy Level!

Can you help Santa get the presents to the right house?  Match the notes to the correct train car.  You should be able to print out the train and put it together in one long row.

Game idea: Take turns placing the presents on the train.  Whoever gets the last card on the train wins that pile.  Whoever has the most piles wins!  I made extra presents so you can have at least five of each note.  You can also make extra copies to have the number of presents you need.

Google Docs: Christmas Train


Google Docs: Staff Notes on Presents



Google Docs: Keyboard on Presents

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