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India

Posted by lbbartolomeo on November 30, 2013

I’d like to compile worthy information/activities about India!  If you have something to share, PLEASE let me know!  I’d love to have other great resources!

Dandiya Raas-Traditional Folk Dance by the group LIBANA

 

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Friendly Competition

Posted by lbbartolomeo on March 24, 2013

IMG_0996Have your fifth graders gotten spring fever?  Hard to get some classes motivated or showing you their best efforts?  I use a simple chart to generate a little friendly competition.  It works!

The image shows a dance unit with a combination of folk dances and contemporary dances.  The classroom name is across the top.  Even if we only have two minutes left in class, many classes beg me to dance “one more dance” to try to get MORE stars than another class!

 

Students NOT willing to hold hands or touch other students is always an issue initially.  I LOVE to begin with the Marian Rose routine for BINGO because it requires a constant change of partners!  

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Roses Are Red

Posted by lbbartolomeo on February 9, 2013

This is a wonderful 6/8 Valentine activity for intermediate grades. 

Using the old poem “Roses are Red”, echo speak with body percussion until everyone knows it.

1.  Individuals improvise the poem on pitched percussion/recorders.  When we do this, we start with someone and just proceed all around the room.  I keep a little bass beat on the BX and play a little interlude between each child.  It is so much fun and the 6/8 of course is lilting and beautiful!

2.  Finish the melody activity-On xylophones have students learn DRMS, DRMS for the first two lines of the poem and then they create the melody for the last two lines.  We vote on our favorite and that becomes their class melody.  I usually do it in C pentatonic.  It would work well on recorders in G major.  OR, you could do LDRM in E minor on recorders for a fun and accessible way to finish a melody using the notes EGAB.

3.  Building bricks with 6/8-students brainstorm.  Three eighth note examples are valentine and chocolate.  Dotted quarter examples are love, heart, red, candy.  Put combos together in groups to create B, C, D, E, F, etc. sections in rondo form with #2 song as your A section.  Or pick favorite group creation as the B section for a more simple binary form.  These can be transferred to non-pitched percussion.

4.  If you’d like to explore writing poems in the style of “Roses are Red”, this Bruce Lansky site is awesome.

Roses are blue.
Violets are red.
If you agree,
You’ve got rocks in your head.

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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!

MOVEMENT

March fun

ANIMALS

  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

https://i0.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_a-KdOb1Q7UI/TQEuh3UnWFI/AAAAAAAAAyY/WjmTdH1Qnjs/s1600/CarnivalAnimals.jpg Adorable book by Jack Prelutsky

TEACHING IDEAS

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

How do YOU teach this piece?  PLEASE share in the

COMMENT section! 

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Halloween (H-A-double L-O)

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 19, 2012

This is an oldie goldie with fun singing and movement possibilities.  Here’s the video.

Form:
Introduction A Interlude B Interlude A Interlude C Interlude A Coda

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS

The introduction, interludes, and coda are all the same instrumental music. It’s on these instrumental parts where I like to have movement.  Students get in groups and come up with 8 slow movements. (It is 8 measures of a fast 3/4)

A SECTION

Great fun with students spelling out the letters to the word Halloween with their fingers.

H is thumb tips touching and pointer fingers pointing up like you’re making a football goal post.

For A, keep the H and put your pointer fingers together to form the top point of the  A.

Double L is simply both hands making an L shape. (yes one will look backwards, but hey!!!)

O is just circle your hands into an O shape.

W is like the H but your thumbs lift up to form the inner part of the W.

E is three fingers turned sideways, using both hands. (again one is backwards)

I gave up on N and just drew it in the air!!!

B and C SECTION

The two verses here can be swaying or walking like a zombie or an endless number of simple moves.  I like to keep it simple because it goes into the instrumental portions with their created movement and I want them to be ready.

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Yankee Doodle

Posted by lbbartolomeo on June 30, 2012

I love this song for a variety of reasons.  It’s a classic, kids love it, great quarter/two eighth note patterns, and it can be a jumping off point to talk about the Revolutionary War era.

Great Info Here       Wikipedia

Video

I LOVE this video from Sesame Street for kindergarten and first grade.  They giggle non-stop.

Audio

Books

So many cute versions.  This one has a trio of girls who are seen in every verse following the dashing young man around.  Kids get a kick out of it.  It goes through three verses.

Product Details  Illustrated by Amanda Haley

This book by Mary Ann Hoberman takes the story and embellishes it to the point that YD and friends open a restaurant called “Yankee Doodle’s Noodles”.  My kids loved it because of the silly word play, fun illustrations, and crazy characters such as a poodle.

Yankee Doodle (Sing-Along Stories)

Teaching Ideas

1.  It has a great steady beat so any activity related to beats, especially marching.

2.  It’s in AB, verse/refrain form so the opportunities for STEADY BEAT movement and non-pitched percussion play are endless.

March on A, turn to your partner and make up a movement for B

With partner do a non-locomotor movement on A, locomotor on B (or reverse it).

Play woods on A, metals on B.

Get in groups of four, everyone has  rhythm sticks and come up with a way to play on A and B.

3.  The verse has a beautiful rhythm of two eighths (6x) followed by two quarters to which you can sing whatever rhythm system you prescribe to.

ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ta, ta (repeat) then sing the more complicated chorus with lyrics.

As a class, notate it and sing the rhythms.

Take rhythmic notation in grades 2 and 3 on the verse rhythm.

Posted in AB, Movement, Patriotic, Rhythms, Songs, Two eighths/Qt., Verse/Refrain, Yankee Doodle | Leave a Comment »

 
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