Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas Through The Eyes of a Child = AC East 5th & 6th Grades

The Twelve Days of Christmas - AC East 6th Grade Style!

Whacky March - AC East 5th Grade!

Here Comes The Snow - AC East 3rd & 4th Grades!

One of my favorites!!!

Rock The Holly - AC East 4th Grade!

Marshmallow World - AC East 3rd Grade

Why Can't You Just Sit Still AC East Staff!

Merry Christmas Bells - AC East 2nd Grade

Rise Up Shepherd -AC East 1st Grade

Ding Dong Merrily On High AC East 4th - 6th

Christmas Makes Me Sing - AC East Kindergarten

Sing We Now Of Christmas - AC East K - 3

O Come Little Children - AC East - K - 6th

Monday, November 30, 2015

Oh, how I want all my students to be comfortable on stage, but the truth is, they might be a little or a lot nervous!   Heck, I'm a little (or a lot) nervous!  But we will do this thing together!  I may be the only one who knows all the choreography and there will always be those who sing to loud or too soft or forget to look at me or trip on their new shoes or freeze at the sea of hundreds of faces. I said, we are in this thing together and we will make it through!  We will be as wonderful as we can be and make 
good memories!  Onward!  
The show must go on!  

Sunday, November 29, 2015

We are diligently practicing for our programs coming up in December!  Each day I get to work with these talented and beautiful children, I have to remind myself of that one thing: they are children.  We are not putting on a broadway show here.  It will not matter if every action is done with precision.  What will matter is how they remember the experience.  Was it fun and exciting and challenging and loving and wonderful?  This is my aim!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

God Bless The USA - sung by Adams Central Elementary Schools - 2015

Enjoy 300 of my students singing at our Veteran's Day celebration! I am so blessed.

Veteran's Day 2015 Wallace

This is one of my three schools. They sent 4th - 6th graders to our High School Veteran's Day
celebration in the morning and had another program in the afternoon. Enjoy. <3

Saturday, October 24, 2015

What Students Really Need to Hear | affectiveliving

What Students Really Need to Hear | affectiveliving

As long as you are in my life, I am not going to let quitting be easy for you.  I am going to challenge you, confront you, push you, and coach you.  You can whine.  You can throw a tantrum.  You can shout and swear and stomp and cry.  And the next day, guess what?  I will be here waiting — smiling and patient — to give you a fresh start.  Because you are worth it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Toccata & Fugue in d minor (BACH, J.S.)

My 5th and 6th graders are learning Toccata and Fugue in D Maybe arranged by Paul Jennings which is based on this piece by Bach. I LOVE this piece!  You can get it here: Music K8 - Toccata and Kazoogue in D Maybe

We really like this arrangement on the electric guitar!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My 6th graders will design their OWN version of
The 12 Days of Christmas this year!
Here is a video I am using for their inspiration!

12 Days

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a - Kindergarten!

Come on over to my Facebook Music page and check out my kinders singing this song about Hawaii's State Fish!  It is amazing how music helps our brains be able to memorize complicated words and phrases!  Amazing!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wallace 2015 "I Will DARE" K - 6th grades.

All three of my school's do this a bit differently but they all participate in DARE.  This school has the entire school come to the graduation during the school day and sing this song by Teresa Jennings as well as our national anthem.

I am so proud of them.  6th graders have their won part and the 3rd - 6th grade girls sing the descant during the final chorus.  I love it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March MIOSM Playlist - YouTube

March MIOSM Playlist - YouTube

Come on over and see all of my schools as they share Music In Our Schools Month with our community! Each year, I take my 1st and 2nd graders to assisted living centers and to senior citizen meetings to share the joy of music.  Enjoy!  

Monday, March 23, 2015

W.O.W. 2015

This video is about music vocabulary we learn during the year.  It is not ALL our music vocabulary but a good chuck of our staples.  It was made by my three classes of 5th graders who are housed in three separate schools within the same district.  It's fun forthem to see their friends from across town and how they performed their "Words of the Week!"  Kristin Lukow - music teacher.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Here is my newest creation for TPT.  I needed a teaching tool for memorizing the presidents of the United States.  I wanted to use Yankee Doodle as it was our first patriotic song.  This is the final product.  I'm pretty excited about it!!  I have always wanted to know all the presidents in alphabetical order.

Yankee Doodle Presidents of the United States

SING! Lyrics and Music by Joe Raposo; Story in Pictures by Tom Lichtenheld

A precious shortened animated version of this wonderful book! 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Here it is! I have been working on this ALL DAY! Whew! There are five basketball routines included in this packet. They are uploaded in a zip file, pretty easy to download that way. And...just in time to use during March Madness coming up at the end of next month! Enjoy! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Kiss Kiss by Margaret Wild

This is one of my favorite Valentine's Day activities.  I try to share music with my students that shows family and friendship love more than chocolate and romantic love.   It's just how I roll.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bouncing To The Beat 2015

This is our third year of performing basketballs to the beat for our high school audience!  I've taught note values through basketballs for years.  It seems like a natural to me!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Planning for April

In April 2015, we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.  I think this is worth celebrating with the amazing music from that time!   We sang The Battle Hymn For Gettysburg in September and it quickly became a favorite! I showed the Gettysburg clip from Remember The Titans for a current connection.   Here are a few ideas from my favorite music education magazine MK8.

Aura Lee for recorder.
Goober Peas - One of my favorites.
Down By The Riverside - Great for harmony.
Blessed Peace from MK8 is a beautiful new one.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home for recorder

Here is a whole list from Music K8!

I own this CD and use it often for listening examples.

Friday, January 9, 2015

First Time First Graders - Jump Bands

It's so important to lay the ground work for Jump Bands.  This is how we start in 1st grade.  We'll practice this lots and lots with all kind of music but usually with a tempo from 140 - 155 BPM.  This one is about 151.    We will practice the enders next.  It is rare that we combine the two in 1st grade!  This year might be an exception!  Encourage.  Model.  Praise.  They will get it!