Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lip Sync Battle - A Fun Music Activity FREEBIE

I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with lip syncing! Jimmy Fallon makes me laugh in general, but his lip syncing competitions are hilarious! My students are also talking about it and really enjoy seeing their favorite celebrities getting a little silly.

This sparked an idea in my brain - why don't we do this in music class? Now, I don't want to take time away from the those core musical standards that we need to meet. However, this would be a great way to spend a reward day, early out and the last few minutes of class.

Let me just tell you - bring a camera! The kids really get into the music and their performance. It's also really special when another staff member comes in and joins them. They go nuts! I also like splitting the class into two groups and have them perform as a group. Their creativity and happiness shines so bright!

Well, I have enjoyed it so much that I decided to share it with you all. Here's what's included in the file when you download through TeachersPayTeachers.com:

Any song will work, but I like to include a variety. It's also a fun way to practice or finish up program songs after a concert. Sometimes, I let the students choose their own songs (as long as they're appropriate). You can do it for fun or create competition, too!

One of my favorite parts of this fun activity is the reminder of etiquette. It's important for the audience to show respect, but also for the performer! 

I also included reward certificates that you can print off to hand to students, create stickers, a hall of fame, etc. The options are endless! You can even use a fake microphone for extra giggles. 

Don't forget - it's FREE! You can project the slides or print them to use in your classroom. 

I'll leave you with one of my favorite (not necessarily appropriate) lip syncing videos:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Back to the Future

It's Wednesday - only a few more days till the weekend! Why not celebrate with a sale?

So, a group of dear friends and I were chatting and realized we all had a mutual love for all things Back to the Future!  Did you know that Marty did his travels on October 21, 2015?  Where are my flying cars and hoverboards?   We had such a chuckle talking about the differences in the BTF world and ours that we decided to come together to offer you 3 gift cards to TpT!  In addition, we have marked one item down to $1.21!  (for 1.21 gigawatts - go watch the movie!).  

#tptmusic #musictpt #elmused #btfmusic #tptmusictribe

Are you drooling with excitement yet? Here's what you have to do:

1. Start here at my friend Pitch Publications for the first letter. Make sure you write them all down because you will need them to answer the rafflecopter at the end!
2.  Then click the green "follow" button at each store while you are there.  Take a minute or two to check out some of the great products in each store! 
3.  Now click  on the letter to go to the next store and get the letter, etc...There should be 19 letters total. Don't forget me (they saved the best for last)!
4.  Once you have the secret code, come back here and to put in the final code and enter!
5.  Check back later this week to see who won!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'll be putting this fun product on sale! In this file, there are five fun lessons for children's books with movement. Some involve props or movement materials, while others have actions. Each movement activity is a great starting point for learning more musical concepts, too. I also leave them occasionally for nonmusical subs, as many of them work well as an individual lesson.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Product Post

Apparently, I was bitten by the creation bug these last few months! I have several new products that I would love to share with you all!

This is a great lesson for older students. Grab the wonderful book by Anna Harwell Celenza and you are set! There are assessment pieces, as well as a fun stick game at the end.

For students of all ages, these listening glyphs are a wonderful assessment piece. You can choose one of the preselected pieces with the glyphs or use the generic ones to choose a song of your own!

This project is great for older students to share their favorite song! Students will dig into the meaning of the song and share it through writing, creation and an optional project.

If you're looking for a fun brain break, check out this Japanese game! It's very similar to rock, paper, scissors and has modifications for a variety of learning levels.

This last one is my personal favorite! My students are obsessed with "Happy!" from Despicable Me 2. Not only does it have a fun beat, but the words are positive. Pharrell Williams just put out a children's book of his famous song. This product includes a lesson plan for the book, assessment worksheets, movement ideas and a body percussion routine. EEK - I can't wait to use it with my students!

Be on the look out for a few sales coming up, too! Bye for now!