I am excited to be implementing a rhythm unit for 2nd grade with the use of 1:1 iPads.
I created this unit as a class project in Lifelong Learning-taught by Brooke Hauser and Kim Brown this past summer.
Pear Deck is the new technology tool I'm using to review rhythm concepts with 2nd graders and give them some practice identifying 4 beat rhythm patterns. Further review will use Kahoot...a fun "game-like" way of assessing students' knowledge.
We'll be using some non-technology games and composition practice, and wrap up with an exciting group project! (More on that to come!)
1st graders are having fun with Snowflake Rhythm Math...an interactive Smart Notebook that helps strengthen their knowledge of note and rest values, and also encourages them to think about the relationship between music rhythm and math!
1st graders will be working as rhythm composers creating 4-beat rhythm patterns with quarter notes and rests, beamed eighth note pairs, half notes and half rests.
Kindergarten kids are learning about beat in music and how it relates to our heart beats.
We have been working with Groovy Shapes on the Smart Board (an interactive software program that does a wonderful job of exploring music concepts in an age appropriate way).
Other teaching resources I'll be using are episodes of "The Music Show" from Music Express Magazine, and song videos from K8 Music- Plank Road Publishing.
Kindergarten: Solfege, Boomwhackers and the "Sound of Music"
The Kindergarten Kids have been learning to sing with solfege,
which are the Kodaly syllables and hand signs for singing.
Activities have included selected clips from "The Sound of Music";
playing with Boomwhackers (pitched tube instruments);
The book "Tap The Magic Tree" and Apple Tree, a circle game with a sol-mi-do song;
and the interactive white board program "Maestro Maestro" (sol-mi-do singing while learning instrument families).
Kindergarten kids have been singing many "I Sing, You Sing" songs, as well as seasonal songs from
K8 Music/Plank Road Publishing. There is always movement incorporated. We also explore the software "Groovy Shapes by Sibelius on our Smart Board, which introduces many music concepts in engaging ways.
2nd graders had a wonderful opportunity to hear from some very talented guest musicians this past rotation! Huge thanks go out to Dr. Andrew Briddell, Andrea Barnes, Debra Vaughan, Chris Landerud, Melissa Soto, Bill Fuller, Tom Niebauer, and Chris Matz for sharing their love of music with my students!
First graders really enjoyed the African Music Unit!
We talked about how children in Africa don't need expensive toys to have fun...and we don't either! :) Today a staff member told me that she saw a few first grade girls sitting in a circle yesterday at recess playing Obwisanna! That made my day, as it shows a connection outside of music class! :)
Sound stories are always fun, and the students loved experiencing/playing the African Musical Instruments.