Sunday, February 21, 2016

My students love Jazz.  Who doesn't love Jazz?  Seriously get yourself over to this web-site and check out these 3 short, informative and fascinating videos.  Yes, they have a curriculum but it is too detailed for me.  I see my students one or two times a week on a three day rotation.  I want to get a feel for it and have a light worksheet to fill out while they watch.  You can get that here:

Let Freedom Swing Listening Worksheet

I share the questions with them FIRST and tell them to take notes.  Compete sentence are not required.  If they miss something, they will say it again in the video, please don't ask your neighbor!  I ask THEM, what is the point of YOU watching these videos?  They understand, I want them to be fascinated and inspired and to learn something.

Here is one of my favorite Jazz websites of all time:  Let Freedom Swing.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Adams Central - 3rd/4th National Anthem - 2016

Here is another tradition we love, singing our national anthem before a high school basketball game. This is 70 of my 3rd and 4th graders.  We sing this often but we love to share it with the public!  We meet 15 min. before the game starts, sing through it a couple of times, find our places and off we go!
 

Bouncing to the Beat 2016!

I am honored to teach these young people and I especially like this activity!  Beat.  Rhythm.  Tempo. Fun.  There are no auditions.  Everyone is invited.  Everyone can do this.  We love it!