We've Got Rhythm

Do you have to teach music?  Are you still in school and looking for some fun ways to keep the kids learning and motivated?  The answers to both those question are a big YES for me!

In Ontario we have four subjects under "The Arts" - music, drama, dance, and visual art.  Three of the four need to be reported on each semester.  As the end of the year is (finally) quickly approaching, in order to fit it all in, I needed to integrate my music unit into my other subject areas.

After doing a quick review of the note names, we practiced words we could write with the notes (C, D, E, F, G, A, B), and then used to words to write "Musical Note Poetry".  I've used this concept to write short stories before, but this was the first time I used it for poetry, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how they turned out.  Click HERE or on the picture to read more about this lesson.

After we had mastered the note names, we moved on to rhythm patterns (which I plan to integrate with our fraction unit).  If you're looking for a fun and easy way to teach rhythm patters, you have to check out my post on rhythm cards - they've been a HIT (even with my older students) every year!  We used our rhythm cards to compose a whole song - and tomorrow we are going to write a rap to match the rhythm song - I can't wait!!!  Click HERE or on the picture to the left to read more about our rhythm cards and see how we used them today.

Happy Tuesday!!!  (only 18 more teaching days to go ... I think I can ... I think I can ... )

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