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Staff Board

Here are two different size staff boards for use in games. If you need a big staff for bingo chips or other manipulatives, you can print out the Big Staff and cut and paste it together on card stock. The One Page Staff is best used by putting it in a sheet protector.  This not only makes your materials last longer, but you can use dry erase makers on the sheet protector and the markings wipe off. One great thing I like to do before I give my students their new piece for the week is write some of the melody on a staff and have the student analyze and sight read the section.  This improves focus and sometimes we can work a trouble spot that I know will frustrate the student. Some of my students see a whole piece of music and want to jump right in, but isolating a section helps them concentrate on just that part. Sometimes I have the student write the passage on the staff, promoting note recognition. Google Docs:  One Page Staff Google Docs:  Big Staff

Summer Songs

Swimming in the sea    Sung to: "Doo-wa diddy diddy" There I was just swimming in the sea Singing Dooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy doo All the sudden there's a dolphin next to me Singing doo wah diddy diddy dum diddy doo She swam fast she swam fast she dove deep she dove deep she swam fast dove deep Hey this dolphin's pretty neat!! Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy doo Other verses: Dolphin-swimming Crab-pinching Whale - breaching Shark swimming Mermaids plug nose and shimmy down Teaching Ideas: 1. Use pictures to show students the different animals in the ocean 2. Do the hand jive: Pat Pat, clap, clap, hand over hand 2x, hand under hand 2x, fist pound 2x, switch hand on top for 2 more fist pounds, right thumb over shoulder, left thumb over shoulder. Google Docs: Ocean Creatures 1 Google Docs: Ocean Creatures 2 Five Little Fishies in the Sea Five little fishies in the sea  teasing Mr. sharky You can't catch me  you can't catch me Well along came Mr. sharky (

Sunny Primer Notes

For my younger students I wanted to include a game that drilled the introductory notes from Bass C-Treble G.  For the notes they have not learned we either take turns or figure out what the unknown note's name is. Students draw cards and match them to the correct note.  You can use bingo chips to cover the notes they get right.  I also went around the sun and had the students play the note on the piano. Google Docs: Sunny Primer Notes

Sunny Enharmonic Bright Spots

Here is a matching game to reinforce Enharmonic Notes along the same lines as my Sunny Circle of Fifths .  Students pick from the pile of cards and match the card to the correct note on the sun. There are other ways to use this resource Flip the cards over in a grid pattern and play a memory game.  Try to pick the two cards that match.  F# - Gb Pick a card and play the note on the piano Players pick a color to represent their player (red bingo chips, pennies, candy, etc.) Take turns picking a card and placing a token on the correct key.  If you get two tokens on the same note, then you win that note.  Whoever has the most notes at the end wins the game.  You will need a lot of matching tokens, so I use bingo chips on a paper keyboard to play this version. By the way, I have had bingo chips and pennies get stuck in my piano.  I had to call the tuner for a pennectomy, as he called it.  I now use paper keyboards when games call for tokens and things that can get stuck.  I'v

Sunny Circle of Fifths UPDATED 5-15-2011

Here is a game to reinforce the Circle of Fifths.  You simple match the sunglasses to the correct key on the sun.  You could simple use the sun part and have students write the key.  As always, for a worksheet that will last and last you can laminate it or put it in a page protector. This new version adds a back to the cards and sunglasses that only have one key on them.  You could just focus on minor keys or major keys.  The cards could also be used a lone for a matching game. Google Docs:  Sunny Circle of 5ths

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Songs

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic book for children.  It has beautiful pictures and a presentation of the story that is engaging.  You can use this book to teach many different things: Life cycle of the butterfly, days of the week, food categories, healthy eating habits, counting and many more. Click on the picture for a copy of these songs The Very Hungry Caterpillar Songs Hello Sunshine  Sung to "Goodnight Ladies" Hello Sunshine Hello Sunshine Hello Sunshine I'm glad that you are here Children pretend they were just born and are seeing things in the world for the first time.  Children take turns naming things to say hello to. I'm a little egg Sung to "Pop Goes the Weasel" A little egg lay on a leaf In the light of the moon It wiggled and wiggled  What will it be?  Pop! A caterpillar Think of other animals that are born from eggs and put them in the story.  Change the leaf to nest, sand, grass,

Sunny Circle of Fifths UPDATED 5-13-2011

Here is a game to reinforce the Circle of Fifths.  You simple match the sunglasses to the correct key on the sun.  You could simple use the sun part and have students write the key.  As always, for a worksheet that will last and last you can laminate it or put it in a page protector. Google Docs: Sunny Circle of 5ths Sunny Games on TPT

Farm Songs

"Down on Grandpa's farm."   We're on our way, we're on our way,  On the way to Grandpa's farm.  We're on our way, we're on our way,  On the way to Grandpa's farm.  Down on Grandpa's farm there is a black and white cow.  Down on Grandpa's farm there is a black and white cow.  The cow she calls her baby calf: Moo, Mo o The cow she calls her baby calf: Moo, Moo Additional Verses:   1. Crazy, gray goat.  The goat she calls her baby kid: Maa, Maa 2. Fluffy, white sheep.  The sheep she calls her baby lamb: Baa, Baa 3. Big, brown horse.  The horse she calls her baby colt: Neigh, Neigh 4. Fat, pink pig.  The pig she calls her baby piglet: Oink, Oink HERE WE GO ROUND THE BIG RED BARN   (Tune of "Round the Mulberry Bush")  Here we go round the big red barn,  The big red barn, the big red barn  Here we go round the big red barn so early in the morning.  This is the way we milk the cows, milk the cows, milk the cows  This is the way

Baseball Game

One of my studio's favorite games is the Baseball Game.  I use a printable baseball field as the game board, though you could just put post its to represent Home Plate, 1st, 2nd and 3rd base.  Next I have my student choose four players.  I have an assortment of erasers they choose from, but you could use any tokens, coins, candy, etc. . .  The student lines up his players and puts the first token (player) on home plate. Then using any kind of flashcards you want, you have the student identify the concept.  It could be staff notes, chords, keys, musical vocabulary, rhythm, etc. .   Teachers could even use spelling words, addition problems, the possibilities are endless.  If the student fails to identify the concept correctly, they get "Strike One".  The student gets two more chances "Strike Two" and then "Strike Three, YOUR OUT!" If the student correctly identifies the flashcard then they pick a baseball card.  The baseball card tells them if they