Thursday, April 28, 2011

Old McDonald Rhymes

Here is a fun song with a take off of Old McDonald.  I have included a visual aid sing-a-long sheet and some cards for practice with rhyming.  You could print the cards front to back and just turn the card to show the rhyme.  You could challenge your students to come up with other rhymes or animals as well.
Google Docs: 


Google Docs: Old McDonald Cards

Monday, April 25, 2011

Train Game

To play this fun game, print out the train and put it together to make one long train.  Then use staff cards or the Suitcase Staff Cards provided to match the note to the correct train car.  


Game idea: Take turns placing the notes on the train.  Whoever gets the last card on the train wins that pile.  Whoever has the most piles wins!  I made extra suitcases 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: Alphabet Train

Google Docs: Suitcase Notes

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New UNO Game: Flower Version



The UNO Game last fall has been one my most popular games. 



I decided to put a new spring background to the game with flowers.  Of course the game is played the same as the normal UNO game.  Directions for UNO can be found here.  Students are given 7 cards and must match the color or note to play.  They must say the note name to play.  Whoever is out of cards first wins.  Have Fun!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

New Printables Page

I have created a new Prinables Page to make it easier to download and print my various resources.
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I am always looking for ways to improve my blog and make it easy for viewers to access my materials.  If you ever have any trouble printing or downloading my materials please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email (my3redhead@gmail.com) and I will be happy to send you a copy.


Sometimes the problem might be with the computer you are using.  Here are some tips from Scrib to make sure that you computer has the right settings to few embedded documents:


If you're trying to read a Scribd document embedded on another website, or if you're viewing documents using our Flash-based reader, you may need to install or upgrade the Flash plug-in for your browser. You can download and install the Flash player for free at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.
If you're sure the Adobe Flash Player is already installed on your computer, it may not be configured to allow our document reader to store any local data. The reader needs to be able to store a small amount of data on your computer—less than 100 kilobytes—in order to display documents. You can change this setting using Adobe's Settings Manager:
  1. Open Adobe's Settings Manager, athttp://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html.
  2. Click the "globe & folder" icon to open the Global Storage Settings tab.
  3. Be sure Allow third-party Flash content to store data on your computer is checked.
  4. Click the folder icon to open the Website Storage Settings tab.
  5. Locate the entries for both s3.amazonaws.com and scribd.com (or d.scribd.com). For each of these:
    1. Click on the entry to highlight it.
    2. Move the slider until is says 100K.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Songs

Jelly Beans in My Tummy Sung to "Skip to My Lou"
Red jelly beans yum, yum, yum
Red jelly beans yum, yum, yum
Red jelly beans yum, yum, yum
Jelly beans in my tum, tum, tum
Teaching Ideas:
1. Change the color of the jelly bean having your studnets idenify the color.  Use real jelly beans or ones cut out of construction or foam.  I have included the visual aids I use below
2. Use the flavor to sing about the jelly bean.  Strawberry jelly beans yum, yum, yum



Jelly Bean Countdown
5 little jelly beans I wish I had more
I'll eat the (color) one and now there are four
4 little jelly beans tasty as can be
I'll eat the (color) one and now there are three
3 little jelly beans only a few
I'll eat the (color) one and now there are two
2 little jelly beans, eating them is fun
I'll eat the (color) one and no there is one
1 little jelly bean, the last one for me
I'll eat the (color) one I'm as happy as can be
See the Easter Bunny Sung to "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"
See how the bunny hops along, hops along, hops along
See how the bunny hops along On a Easter morning
This is the way he wiggles his nose
This is the way he flops his ears
This is the way he jiggles his tail
This is the way he eats his carrot
Hippity Hoppity “Sung to Shortening Bread”
Here comes a bunny, hip-hop-hop
See how his long ears, flip-flop-flop
See how his nose goes, Twink-twink-twink
See how his eyes go wink-wink-wink
Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunny Hippity Hoppity Flip Flop Flop
Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunny Hippity Hoppity Flip Flop Flop
Funny little bunny goes, hop, hop, hop
Funny little bunny, please stop, stop, stop
Wiggle your ears and crinkle your nose
Then wiggle, wiggle, wiggle right down to your toes.
Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunny Hippity Hoppity Flip Flop Flop
Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunny Hippity Hoppity Flip Flop Flop
Hop, little rabbit, hop, hop, hop
Hop little rabbit, flip, flop, flop
Hop, little rabbit one, two, three
Hop little rabbit, hop to me
Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunny Hippity Hoppity Flip Flop Flop
Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunny Hippity Hoppity Flip Flop Flop
Teaching Ideas:
1. Act this out and have fun with it.  Do a conga line and hop around the room.
Can you find the Easter Egg? Sung to "Mary had a little lamb"
Can you find the Easter Egg
Easter egg, Easter egg
Can you find the Easter Egg
The bunny hid today
Look up and down and all around
All around, all around
Look up and down and all around
For the Easter Egg
Teaching Idea
1. Have a student(s) look for the Easter eggs you have hidden around the room.
2. Have the student identify the color of the egg or a concept that you have placed in the egg.  You could put letters, numbers, addition problems, etc. . . in the egg for the students to find.
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Jelly Bean Bingo:Level One

Who doesn't love jellybeans?  They are usually gone within seconds of me putting them out.  The rhythms in level one use the quarter note, half note, dotted half note and whole note.  Using jelly beans to cover your bingo board creates a fun way to play this game and of course after it is over you can eat your jelly beans.



Google Docs: Jelly Bean Bingo: Level One
Jelly Bean Bingo Level One


Google Docs: Jelly Bean Bingo Cards: Level One



Jelly Bean Bingo Cards Level One

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hopping Intervals: Level Five and Six

Hopping Intervals Level Five has the intervals 2nd through an Octave.  You can play the same as before, (See Hopping Intervals Level One for how to play) just with more challenging intervals.

Level Six is only minor and major 3rds.  I am constantly reviewing this concept with the major and minor chords.  This level and level three (whole steps and half steps) gets very repetitive unless you separate the cards into up and down piles.  I find that if we go up and then down, we aren't moving to the same two or three notes.  With this in mind, you can use just the "hop up" cards to race up the piano or the "hop down" cards to race down.

Usually when racing I start at the far end of the piano and race to middle C.  I put a little sticky flag on the note and whoever gets to the flag first wins.  Now "Hop" to it!

Google Docs: Hopping Intervals Level Five: 2nd-8th
Hopping Intervals Level Five

Google Docs: Hopping Intervals Level Six: Minor and Major 3rds

Hopping Intervals Level SIX

Awesome Giveaway

Check out the great giveaway over at Pianoantics.  Anne is giving away her great resource: Barnyard Friends.  Enter and win the following:
  1. The Barnyard Friend Workbook
  2. The Lamintaed Barnyard Board
  3. A set of Barnyard Friends Flashcards
Her blog and website also have some great ideas.  Check it out!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hopping Intervals Level Three and Four

Hopping Intervals have been a big hit in my studio this week.  Here are two more levels that expand the game to whole steps/half steps and 6ths.

To play you need some type of token to represent each player.  I love using erasers and collect all kinds for this very purpose. 

You can start your player on Middle C.

Then I get seven Easter eggs, one for each note on the piano.  I then put an alphabet letter in each egg. I just write the letter on a note card or post it (no printing required).  You can open the egg to see the surprise letter at the beginning of the game, but I have found it is fun to be surprised at the end of the game.


Now for flat and sharp you can add more eggs or an easier way is to pick a card out of a hat that has a sharp or flat on it.  
Now you are going to need a place to record what notes you land on.  I use my ever handy white board, but you can use a simple piece of paper. You want to record how many times you land on a certain note.

Start by drawing an interval card and follow the instructions.  Record the letter you land on.  Keep playing through the cards as many times as you like.

Then at the end open your Easter egg and see what the secret note was. Whoever has landed on that note the most wins!  You can reward the student with jellybeans or a sticker.


Google Docs: Hopping Intervals Level Three: Whole Step/Half Step





Google Docs: Hopping Intervals Level Four: 2nd-6th
Hopping Intervals Level Four

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hopping Intervals: Updated with Staff Notation

I recently have been teaching intervals in Faber and Faber Level 1 Piano Adventures and wanted to review the 2nd, 3rd and 4th concept with my student.  I have used cards to move across the keyboard before, but this time I inspired by our Easter season with "Hopping Intervals."

To play you need some type of token to represent each player.  I love using erasers and collect all kinds for this very purpose.

You can start your player on Middle C.

Then I get seven Easter eggs, one for each note on the piano.  I then put an alphabet letter in each egg. I just write the letter on a note card or post it (no printing required).  You can open the egg to see the surprise letter at the beginning of the game, but I have found it is fun to be surprised at the end of the game.

Now you are going to need a place to record what notes you land on.  I use my ever handy white board, but you can use a simple piece of paper.  You want to record how many times you land on a certain note.

Start by drawing an interval card and follow the instructions.  Record the letter you land on.  Keep playing through the cards as many times as you like.

Then at the end open your Easter egg and see what the secret note was.  Whoever has landed on that note the most wins!  You can reward the student with jellybeans or a sticker.

Google Docs: Hopping Intervals Level One Steps and Skips
Hopping Intervals Level One

Google Docs: Hopping Intervals Level Two 2nd-5th
Hopping Intervals Level Two

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Swag Bucks

I have loved using the swagbucks search engine to earn free prizes.  I just recently earned enough points to get a $50.00 gift certificate to Amazon.  All I do is use swagbucks to search. You can also answer daily polls, play games, watch videos and complete tasks to earn swagbucks.  It is an easy way to earn free money.  I do still use my google search engine for things I really need to find, but mainly I use swagbucks to search and get a few swagbucks here and there.  One things I do is instead of using my bookmark to visit a page like facebook, I search swagbucks for it and click on the link.  It is an extra step, but only takes 5 seconds and I sometimes will get 5 or 10 swagbucks for the search.  Click and try it out!

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Animal Songs

Habitat Song Sung to “Skip to My Lou”
Who are the animals that live in the rainforest?
Who are the animals that live in the rainforest?
Who are the animals that live in the rainforest?
Name an animals that lives in the rainforest
Monkeys live in the rainforest
Monkeys live in the rainforest
Monkeys live in the rainforest
Monkeys live in the rainforest

Other verses: Who is the animal that lives in a nest? hive? cave?
Teaching Idea:
1. Have the students list different animals that live in the jungle and sing about them.  Act out any motions the animal makes for fun.
2. Use a different habitat "Who are the animals that live on a farm?"

Habitat Song Sung to “London Bridges”
Zebras and Giraffes live in the Grasslands
In the grasslands, in the grass lands
Zebras and Giraffes live in the Grasslands
In the Grasslands

Other Verses: Elephants and Lions live in the Grasslands
Frogs and Crocodiles live in the Rainforest

Teaching Idea:
1. Have students list the animals that live in different habitats and sing about them.

Mama and Baby: Sung to "Muffin Man"
Mama Cow calls baby cow
Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo
Mama Cow calls baby cow, 
Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo

Other animals: Horse/foal, Dog/puppy, Cat/kitten, Hen/chick, Goat/kid, Pig/piglet, Sheep/lamb, 

Mommy and Babies
Mama tiger, mama tiger
What do you see?
I see a baby cub looking at me.

Sing with other animals

The Animals Go  . .  Sung to "The Wheels on the Bus"
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar, roar
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar
All day long

Other verses: monkey go ooh, ahh, ooh, hyenas go ha, ha, parrot in the rainforest, the pig on the farm, snakes in the desert go hiss, 

If I were Sung to "The Mulberry Bush"
Oh, if I were a tiny snake
Tiny snake, tiny snake
If I were a tiny snake I'd slither around the desert

Oh if I were an elephant,
Elephant, elephant
If I were an elephant
I'd march around the grasslands

Oh if I were a kangaroo
Kangaroo, Kangaroo
If I were a kangaroo
I'd hop around the zoo

Teaching Ideas:

1. Come up with other animals and movements for the song.


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