Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chrome Music Lab

Have you seen what the Chrome Music Lab has to offer? There are so many fun games where students can experiment with rhythm, pitch, timbre, and so much more! I tried it out with one of my Kindergarten classes and they had a blast. I don't have a class set of iPads so I put them in groups of 3 and it worked really well. I will definitely be utilizing this site again soon!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Tissue Dance

Kindergartners have been learning about different ways to move to music. We've used many different props such as scarves, streamers, and beanbags to experiment with locomotor and non-locomotor movement. In order to practice expressive movement, I used this activity from True Aim: The Blue Manor Blog called "The Tissue Dance." According to their blog post, the original idea came from the book called, Circle Time Activities by Nancy Alexander.

Since we had been singing songs about winter and snow, we talked about what snowflakes look like when they move (slowly, delicately, floating, etc.) and used it for inspiration for our version of the game. The students each received a tissue and had to try to keep the tissue on their head while they moved around the room to the wintery music. First, we just practiced moving and then we turned it into an elimination game - if their tissue fell off their head they were out of the game. After we finished the game, we balled up out tissues and threw them like snowballs. They really enjoyed it and I wish I had gotten a picture of that! :)