Saturday, January 25, 2014

700 Facebook Fans Giveaway!


Wow! I've now made it to 700 Facebook Fans, which means a 20% off sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store! This has started and will continue until Tuesday at midnight (EST)!

Along with the sale, I am throwing another giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will get to pick ANY item from my store (no matter the price) as a prize. In order to enter you do HAVE to be a follower of my Facebook Page. (Since the point of this sale is a thank you for my Facebook Fans!) You can enter the giveaway below!
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Facebook Free-for-All!

It is my first full week back since Christmas break and I'm just chugging along. I'm struggling trying to keep all my classes straight after all the missed days and early dismissals due to weather.

I'm very excited for the weekend because I'm involved in my first Facebook Free-for-All!

This weekend check out the map provided by clicking the link above. Search for the Music Category (or anything else you may be interested in) and go to the facebook pages provided. Search for the Facebook Free-for-All Tab, like their page (if you haven't already), and download the freebie.

My freebie is my new Mother, Mother file for practicing Low Do on the Staff:

This file comes with the song lyrics, picture notation, and standard notation of the song. It also has slides to help introduce Do and introduces how to use the Do Key!
MotherMother2 MotherMother3 MotherMother4 MotherMother5 MotherMother6 MotherMother7

This file is in my store right now and you can see more information about it HERE.

There are three Music freebies in all and I know you won't want to miss any of them! Check out what Aileen is offering her Facebook Fans HERE.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Back in the Swing of Things...Almost

We started back at school January 2nd after the Holiday Break, but it has taken me until now to finally feel back in the swing of things.

Why? Because after Thursday and Friday we had an arctic wind hit Wisconsin where we experienced down to -65 degrees Fahrenheit at times. It was so cold many buses weren't working and one of my school districts cancelled school for THREE days in a row!

The cold weather definitely has made it difficult to get back to business and focus on the task at hand. This is my 4th year of teaching and I have to say that though it doesn't always get easier with each year, I do feel much more focused and have a clearer idea of what I want to accomplish each year.

This week I'm going to share two things I'm doing in my classroom as part of Steph's 2/4 Tuesday Linky Party:

1) Introducing Low Do using Peas Porridge Hot:
Now that we are back from break and done with concerts it is time to add another note to Music Street. For my 2nd graders the new note was low do. To teach about low do I put together an interactive powerpoint where students reviewed notes they knew and learned about low do.

They even got to learn about the Do Key!

Then for extra practice students used the staff dry erase boards to write the notes on themselves. This was great for me because it allowed me to see how each individual student was doing. It also helped me see if it was a large group that needed the extra practice or just one or two.

You can get the file I used for teaching Low Do in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store HERE.

2) Reviewing Half Notes
I've also been spending some time working on counting half notes. To continue practicing this I have been using Lindsay Jervis's Dashing Through the Snow game (click the picture to buy it yourself).

She has a similar rhythm game for Valentine's Day HERE. My students love this game, but for right now I'm having them play it a little bit different than the way it is described. My 2nd graders just learned half notes, so instead of racing one by one I am having students work in a group. I clap the rhythm and as a group they try to find the answer. If their group gets the correct rhythm after I clap it three times I give EVERY group with the right answer a point. Eventually I will make it more difficult by clapping it less times or making students work individually, but this seems to be a simpler way to make the game work and they still really enjoy it.

I hope you find these tools and resources helpful! :)

Just a quick reminder that I am holding a 100 Teachers Pay Teachers Followers Giveaway, as a celebration of reaching 100 followers on my Teachers Pay Teachers account. For more details on how to enter you can click the picture below:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

100 Teachers Pay Teachers Followers


I'm really excited to announce that I have reached the 100 Teachers Pay Teachers followers mark. As a thank you for all of my new followers I've put together a giveaway! I'm giving away two products from my store to ONE lucky winner:

First, I'm giving away my Bundle of Ta & Ti-Ti songs. (This is currently worth $8 and has a bundle of 7 songs for teaching and practicing Ta & Ti-ti)

Second, I'm giving away my Breakfast Rhythms Activities. (This is a $3 product and one of the highest wish listed items in my store!)

All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter below by Wednesday, January 15th at Midnight (EST). You can enter by following me on twitter, facebook, Teachers Pay Teachers, or by tweeting about this giveaway. On Wednesday, Rafflecopter will pick a winner and I'll announce who the lucky person is on Thursday. Make sure to come back to my blog on Thursday or check out my facebook for the winner. (Otherwise you won't be able to claim your prize!)

P.S. If you own either of these files and you win, you will be able to pick another item from my store for equal or lesser price