Thursday, September 17, 2015

Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America - Students ...

I teach my students the power of music on memory!  I challenge them to speak in rhythm the Preamble and watch how quickly it is memorized.  Watch as students from kindergarten - 6th grade, mostly 4th - 6th graders, share the Preamble all over the school, from the lunch room to the playground to the bus stop in the hallways and the classroom and everywhere in between!  Be amazed and enjoy!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

You are a teacher.  This is your assignment.  Take care of yourself!  Drink water!  You can do it!  This is 16 oz.  If you weigh: 128 - drink 4. 160 - drink 5.  192 - drink 6.  224 - drink 7.  256 - drink 8. #plexusslim

Sunday, August 23, 2015

What's on Your Wall Mrs. Lukow?

I teach in 3 schools and my wall spaces consist of bricks, doors, 
bulletin boards, windows and room dividers!  
Here is a sampling of my
visually posted teaching materials!
I got these really cute animal rhythms at:
From Musical Mayhem to Mastery!
I have these words-definitions for sale at my TPT store!
Kristin Lukow's Teaching In Joy -
Musical Word Wall with Meanings!

These posters are hung at every one of my schools.
They cluster together what is most important to me,
American Patriotic music!
I don't think they are available any more!  Too bad!!
Even though the theme is "What's on your WALL?"
I have to show what's on my floor!

We do lots of activities with this floor staff!
(I have wall staves at my other two schools!)

I leave this bulletin board up all year at one school.
These are plates I got years ago at the grocery store!
Old sheet music lines the back!
I even have an old chalkboard still mounted at one school.
It changes throughout the year.
Students like to add musical art!  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Teachers Pay Teachers Rhythm Reading PowerPoints!

 I use Rhythm Reading PowerPoints almost daily for my upper elementary students!  Here are 6 new ones I have created to start our year off with fun and enthusiasm!

Rhythm Reading to the Oldies! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Free just for today! This fun PowerPoint that helps students learn the chronological order of the Presidents of the United States using the tune of our first Patriotic song, Yankee Doodle. Get it while it's free!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Every Child is Gifted!

I encourage parents to give their children time and encouragement and grace. They are flowers, each beautiful, divinely crafted, blooming in all different seasons. No amount of pruning or fertilizer changes that. Enjoy them for who they are. Nurture them to be the best they can be!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Many times, when we try something, the first time, we don't get it. We don't get it the 2nd or 3rd of 4th time either. But...if we keep working...we CAN learn that new thing! This is my son. May he inspire you to keep going. grin emoticon

My son. (Click here for the video. It's public on FB.)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

10 Ways to GoNoodle - For Beginners!

10 Ways to GoNoodle - For Beginners!

Hi new GoNoodler! Kara B., 4th grade teacher here. When I first discoveredGoNoodle I thought it looked fun, but wasn’t sure if it would become a valuable part of our day. Now, I can’t imagine my classroom without GoNoodle, and I’m excited to help you get started!
Hopefully you won’t see GoNoodle as “one more thing” to fit into your day, but rather you’ll make time for greater focus, improved academic achievement and more physical activity. Here are 10 ideas for integrating brain breaks into your day…
  1. Morning meeting – If your class is like mine, your students come off the bus with insane amounts of energy. Pick a stretching brain break to get the day started on the right foot. My pick: Maximo’s Tight Rope.
  2. Subject transitions – After math, my students’ brains (and mine!) are fried. Take a vigorous brain break to release the wiggles and re-energize the brain before moving onto the next subject. My Pick: Pop See Ko by Koo Koo Kanga Roo.
  3. After lunch or recess – Things can get scary after lunch and recess with so much energy and so little space ;) . A calming brain break is necessary to bring everyone back down to earth so we can transition into learning. My Pick: Airtime Space.
  4. Before (and after!) a big test – I hate how stressed my 4th graders get before tests (they are only 10!), so I always take the time to do something relaxing beforehand, then something fun afterward. My Picks: Flow before a test, Happy with Zumba Kids after a test.
  5. Indoor Recess – Physical activity is a super important part of our day, so when it’s too cold to go outside we rely on GoNoodle’s Indoor Recess Mega Mixes! LIFE SAVER. My Pick: Mega Mix #3 (13 mins is my perfect length)
  6. Opportunities for leadership – My students love any chance to be in-charge, so each day we have a student leader who is in charge of several things around our class, one of-which is picking a brain break. My Pick: I’m not in control of this one, but if I was the student leader I’d pick Kitty High Five because it always makes me laugh.
  7. End-of-the day reward – If we’ve had an especially well-behaved and productive day, I let my students play a few extra brain breaks before going home. Knowing they have the chance to play hard motivates my students to work hard (which I love!). My Pick: Again, I always let my students pick their reward brain breaks, but our class favorites are Run With US, or anything byKoo Koo Kanga Roo.
  8. Add your own YouTube – This genius feature allows you to add any video from YouTube and play them inside your GoNoodle account. No more sketchy ads or sidebar distractions! More about the YouTube feature. My Pick: “What Does the Fox Say” by Just Dance.
  9. Core-subject practice with GoNoodle Plus – GoNoodle is totally free, but there is a premium subscription that gives you access to additional brain breaks that align to core-subjects, and allows you to integrate custom questions into the games. Worth the $10/month to me! My Pick: Freeze It.
  10. Explore the GoNoodle blog for more ideas – Never stop learning… the GoNoodle blog is full of awesome inspiration for making your life easier and more fun. Start exploring!

Monday, May 25, 2015

I am so excited to explore this new-to-me musical resource called Go Noodle!  It's full of movement brain breaks for students.  There is a free version and one you can purchase for a class or for an entire school!  Signing up is free!  This is one of the videos that caught my eye!

Celebrate The Day - Go Noodle