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Archive for December, 2012

Carnival of the Animals

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 29, 2012

How do YOU teach this piece?  PLEASE share in the COMMENT section!

What a great way to highlight movement for this great piece with these masks!


March fun


  1. Introduction and royal march of the lion
  2. Hens and Roosters *
  3. Wild asses
  4. Tortoises
  5. Elephants *
  6. Kangaroos
  7. Aquarium *
  8. People with long ears
  9. Cuckoo in the heart of the woods
  10. Aviary
  11. Pianists
  12. Fossils
  13. The swan
  14. Finale

*Most popular for kids

BOOK Adorable book by Jack Prelutsky


I’ll be adding specific forms for Elephants, Aquarium, and Hens/Roosters.

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12 Days of Christmas

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 13, 2012

the12daysofchristmasI LOVE pop-up books.  This is a fascinating book with beautiful pop-ups of the twelve days.  I use it in grades K and 1.  We begin by counting to twelve, then backwards from 12.  I sing the song slowly as I unfold each page.  The repetition of this cumulative song in combination with the book really cements the song.

Author:  Robert Sabuda

The below video is wonderful because it has bold, large-scale characters and has lyrics included.  It’s the perfect combo with the above book.

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Wrap Paper Rhythms

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 9, 2012

IMG_0210I looked for repeating pattern wrapping paper, cut them and arranged them into rhythms I liked, then laminated them.

To the RIGHT you will see Santa, candy cane, reindeer, tree. (2 eighths, 2 sixteenths/eighth, 2 eighths, quarter) Row two is penguin, snowman, reindeer, gift. (2 eighths, 2 eighths, 2 eighths, quarter)  In the fourth row I inserted blanks for quarter rests.

BELOW you see individually cut pictures so students can create their own patterns.


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Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 4, 2012

The Kenya Rock Star Madness Band came to our school, part of a promotional tour highlighting the new Kenya dolls.  Our students loved their program and their song “Proud” which has a positive message about pride, doing well in school, etc.  I’m going to use this song for our Black History Month concert.  The song and karaoke are available on iTunes!

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