Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mary Poppins!

My 1st and 2nd graders are singing "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins. It's part of a mini-program we're taking into the community in March for MIOSM. (Music In Our Schools Month) I am showing the clip from the movie and...MOST of little precious young ones have not seen it! 

Coincidentally, I recently received a Parent & Child magazine from Scholastic which contains a list of the "100 Greatest Movies for Kids!" And on that list at #3 is, that's correct, Mary Poppins!

Here are a few more of MY musical favorites from that list, with the number they placed them.
#1 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
#4 Beauty and the Beast (1991)
#9 Pinocchio (1940)
#12 The Sound of Music (1965)
#24 Singin' In The Rain (1952)
#41 Remember The Titans
#58 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
#74 Cinderella (1950)
#81 Bambi (1942)

I would take some off their list :) and add these for the musical value and sheer joy:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Aristocats
Snow White
The Jungle Book
The Music Man

Many of my students wanted to watch the whole Mary Poppins movie and I hope they get to! And ... I hope they watch many more of these classics for the musical value alone!

There are plenty more but these are some of MY favorites! What are some of YOUR favorite music movies for kids?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Virginia Reel, 4th Graders

Fabulous Fourth graders dancing the Virginia Reel! 
Thanks for filming Miss Nelson! — at J-town.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Jazz Test 5th/6th

Jazz Test 5th/6th

Here's a simple Jazz Quiz I made for my 5th and 6th graders. Any of them that want to take it again, copy their results and bring them to me in order to raise their grade, may do that before the quarter is over. Anyone else may take it just for fun, that is if you think taking quizzes is fun. I do! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Attention Getter!

I have many fun ways to get my students' attention during class.  I don't
use the typical clapping: ta ta ti-ti- ta.  One of my principal's uses that
and more power to her.  I like to surprise my students with a variety of
approaches.  This is one of those fun ways I keep in my bag of tricks.
This dad rocks and so does his sweet princess!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Can you name this tune? 

 A couple of my 4th grade boys wanted to notate a favorite tune so they hummed it for me. I found a recorder friendly key and then they told me the name. Do you know it?

It's Seven Nation Army by White Stripes!  Who knew? 

I'm pretty proud of my guys!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On-Line Testing

I've made many tests on-line and like to use them for my older students.
Here is one I just made for my 5th and 6th graders on Jazz.
The passcode is lukow.

Jazz Test

There are may on-line test creators.  I like this simplicity of this one an the feedback that is available at the end.  I'll have each student print their final page for me for the grade book.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Surprising Little Teapot

This adorable song, sung by adorable children is such an opportunity for
impromptu acting and fun!  It is from Music K8 but is not listed on
their web-site because of finding out about copyright privileges after
it was published!  I'm so glad I have it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rhythm Reading - Bucket Drumming

My 2nd graders are excellent rhythm readers and love to display this talent
on old plastic buckets!