Sunday, July 29, 2012

DIY - Treble Clef Toss Game

Learning about music

Games to learn how to read music

Here's a simple yet fun game that is great to use during center time. This game was made from materials that were on campus; large piece of bulletin board paper, tape, beans (left over from a sound unit project) and cloth.  

The instructions for the game are located on the back side of the game name plate.  In addition, a treble clef staff with the names of each line and space are written on a piece of paper with the point values.  This is to help kiddos who are unsure about the names of the notes, and does not interfere with the students who might already know.
Learn how to read the treble clef staff

Students keep score on a dry erase board, and the one with the most points at the end wins.  This game is great to reinforce addition skills, as the students must not only say the letter name on the staff, but add up the point value to give their score to the score keeper.
It is easy breezy treble clef fun!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Arizona Road Trip - Celebrating 100 Years!

February 14, 1912 is the birth date of my native home of the great state of Arizona.  And this past year, we celebrated 100 years.  Of course, this is cause for a show! The 4th graders in our state study Arizona as part of their social studies unit curriculum, so we designed a show specifically to highlight some of the many wonderful features of Arizona.  An Arizona show would not be complete without the mention and singing of the song, "Route 66".  This sparked the idea of an Arizona road trip and the need for an awesome van to take on the road. (Or at least sit on the stage.)

Our Arizona van could seat 6 passengers at a time, which was great for speaking parts!  The students were able to pass the cordless mic from performer to performer while seated in the van.

As the director of the show, I thought of this crazy idea to have a van but it was the incredible skills of Lori the Amazing Paper Lady that made it happen.  The following pictures will show you how the van was able to remain upright during the show.

Lori used cardboard and some panels of wood to make the frame of the van.  Cardboard slats were placed over the chairs and the kids sat on top of the cardboard and chairs.

 The driver held the steering wheel up and pretended to drive.

And there you have our Arizona van!

To help the students understand the placement of Arizona's counties, they learned a song and made a map on stage in front of the audience.  First, the prop looked somewhat like the Arizona state flag, minus the copper star in the middle.

As the students sang the name of each county in the song, they would attach the parts of the map to the flag until it showed a complete map of Arizona.

The kids enjoyed making the map and the audience had a strong visual of where the counties in Arizona are located.

It was wonderful to see the cross-curricular connections between social studies, cultures, community and music.  To watch the audience sing along and tap their toes to the music promoted an experience between people that only music can provide.  Music really is the universal language.
Happy 100th Birthday Arizona!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Treble Clef Putt-Putt

Here's a fun station for students to go to that helps with note identification in the treble clef staff.  This game, (much like Ping-Pong Rhythms) was designed because my husband had this automatic putting system that was not in use.  (A Father's Day gift from me. Opps!)  Anyway, I was looking at this putting green trying to figure out how I could use it in my classroom and came up with this game.

First and foremost, it must be noted that I have been using this game in class for about 5 years (3rd grade & older for review), and prior to explaining how to play the game to the class, we discuss safety.  We talk about how this is not a "Tiger Woods Monster Drive", but a simple putt.  The kids giggle and then the game instructions continue.

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To play the game, there are 10 golf balls with the a variety of treble clef staff notes written on them.  One ball has the word, "wild" on it.  These balls are placed in a bag and the first player with their eyes closed, takes out a golf ball from the bag.  While showing the golf ball to the other players, the student who picked the ball tells the group the name of the note.  If the student is correct, they then have a chance to putt the ball into the hole.  I have included a treble clef staff on the front of the instructions for the students to refer to if they get stuck and I ask that the kids help each other to learn the notes so that everyone is able to putt.  

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If the student makes the putt, the score keeper will give that student 1 point for that round.  If the student misses the putt, the score keeper will put a 0 for that round.  Sometimes a student is very lucky and retrieves the "wild" ball from the bag.  The student would automatically get 1 point for picking that ball and then has a chance to putt.  If they make it into the hole, they would then receive a total of 2 points for that round.  At the end of 10 rounds, the student with the highest score is the winner.