One-day sale!

Music sellers on TpT are having a one-day, $3 sale.

Search TpT for “ThankfulForMusic” (no spaces) during the day TODAY, Wednesday, November 18. Shop all the great $3 deals!

Click here to see my “Music Games” discounted file.

Click here to see all the sale items.

Which product did you buy? Leave a comment below!

Seasonal Songs, Games, and Clip Art

It’s time to think about holiday lessons!

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Though it may feel like school only began, it is the time of year when teachers think about holiday songs and activities. October has Halloween, November has Thanksgiving, December and January have all the religious and cultural holidays such as Christmas, Eid, and Hmong New Year, February is Valentine’s Day, then there’s St. Patrick’s Day, spring, Easter, May Day, Flag Day, and summer! Heck, you could do themed lessons all year and not run out of material!

Here are some of my offerings to add a little “seasoning” to your teaching “entree”!

TurkeyFree Turkey Clip Art

There is one full image of a turkey, as well as a blank turkey body and some loose feathers. You also get a black line version of the designs. It’s great for creating your own games, visuals, or worksheets.

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I Have a Little Snowman: Interactive Song Game

I’ve been waiting for years to unveil this activity on TpT and it is finally here. I created this around 2007 as a way to introduce the song “The Snowman” to my Kindergarteners. At that time, I had a projector on a cart, a borrowed laptop, and a plain dry erase board. But the kids still loved it! The addition of a SMART Board has made this activity much smoother and it remains an annual hit with my younger elementary students. Watch a video demonstration here.

What are your favorite seasonal activities? Leave a comment below!

I Have a Little Snowman: an Interactive Song Game

This fun and engaging game helps students learn a song in a new way while practicing the skills of sequencing, memory, and communication.

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It is almost winter! Here in Minnesota, snow is definitely on our minds, although it hasn’t fallen yet. We are used to wearing parkas with our Halloween costumes so now is the time when we buy our winter hats and mittens to prepare for those first few glistening flakes.

Even if snow is a long way off for you, or won’t fall at all where you live, this game is a fun way to celebrate winter and get kids singing and moving.

You begin by singing or playing the song while clicking through the hand-drawn illustrations. You can even use the “Rehearse Timings” feature to get Powerpoint to automatically change slides for you at the right time.

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Then, all of the images pop up, but they are all in the wrong order! A student comes up to the board and taps (or clicks on the computer) the image they think came first.

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When the right answer is chosen, it appears with the word “Yes!” You review that portion of the song with them and teach them how to sing it. Continue this way until all the images have been chosen.

Then, the class knows the song! You show the illustrations again as the students sing along with you. They will beg for this game over and over.

Watch this video for a demonstration:

You may download this product from Mrs. Martin’s Music Room at TeachersPayTeachers.com.

My Store

My TpT store is filled with innovative and fun ways to teach music.

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Have you visited Mrs. Martin’s Music Room on TeachersPayTeachers.com yet?

My store features products for music teachers and classroom teachers. Everything I post is something I created for myself to use, so you know it has been classroom-tested and it works with real students. Here are some of my favorites:

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Beethoven Grab Bag: This game has kids reaching in to a bag and pulling out a fact about Beethoven. They read the fact then guess whether it is true or false. The more advanced version is “Beethoven in a Nutshell”: you put question cards into a hard hat or bike helmet (the “nutshell”, get it? hee hee) and students have to answer the question on the card to earn points for their team. Other ideas are included in the directions.

Choir Listening Cards

Choir Listening Cards: This activity was really successful with my middle school choirs. I made a set of 16 cards with questions that would focus a listener on a certain aspect of a vocal music performance (phrasing or dynamics, for example). I would have one student sit out, holding a card, and listen to the choir sing a song. Afterward, the listener would answer the question and give the choir feedback. It worked really well because singers respond better to a peer than they do to an adult.

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Recorder Rubric: This is the first recorder rubric that was posted on TpT. It has stayed the same since 2012 because it is so good! I use this in my classroom every week. When a student or group plays a Recorder Karate song for me, I go over the rubric with them. They are uplifted because the wording does not make them feel bad. They are empowered because they realize the skills are in their power to learn. I have truly seen great progress in the areas of tone, hand position, fluency, and tonguing since implementing this rubric.

It is my goal to provide products that are useful, inspirational, unique, and time-saving! I’d love to hear any feedback you have so I can continue to improve my offerings. Thanks for reading and be sure to visit Mrs. Martin’s Music Room on TeachersPayTeachers.com!

More Love for Back to School!

There is a bonus sale Wednesday on TeachersPayTeachers.com! The promo code is “MORE15”. This is your second chance to pick up those things on your wish list if you missed this month’s previous sale. Couple that with TpT credits you’ve stored up from leaving feedback, and you’ve got yourself a DISCOUNT!

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Here are some products that would be great buys during the sale.

1. Orchestra Instrument clip art by Dancing Crayon Designs

I love Dancing Crayon’s clip art. The music collections are always very thorough, never leaving anything out. And all of the instrument images are “anatomically correct” so you never have to worry about accuracy or confusion between two similar instruments. The orchestra instrument clip art collection would be perfect for making instrument flash cards, instrument labels, games for an instrument unit, or illustrations for a digital or printed instrument unit. This one has been on my wish list for a while and I think it’s time to buy it!

2. Poke Sheet: Music Symbols by Mrs. Martin’s Music Room

I am SO excited to announce the newest addition to my Poke Sheet collection: music symbols! This worksheet is best used as a review of common music symbols for upper elementary or middle school students. It includes music symbols that most students learn in first or second grade: treble clef, repeat sign, crescendo and decrescendo, quarter note, two eighth notes, quarter rest, half note, piano, forte, etc. The student views a row of music symbols and pokes holes through the ones that don’t belong. Then, on the back of the paper, they must add up the holes in columns to reveal a secret message. The complexity of the worksheet makes it a fun and engaging way for older students to review a somewhat simple topic. Or it can be used as a favorite sub activity! I have more Poke Sheets to come, so keep watching for them!

Now head back to Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room by Aileen Miracle or Music a la Abbott by Amy Abbott to read about more great products on the TpT sale, and see the bottom of their blogs for links to even MORE blogs doing the same!

More Love for Back to School

Back-to-School 2015

Here are three great new ideas for Back-to-School 2015!

1. Personality Bingo

Personality Bingo ImageI print off 4×4 bingo sheets with different descriptors in each box. The descriptors includes statements such as, “Someone who is colorblind.” “Someone who has never broken a bone.” “Someone with braces.” Everyone in the room gets the same sheet. You walk around the room and ask people about themselves. When you find someone with a characteristic that matches one ofthe boxes, you hand them your paper and have them sign their name in the box. You continue until most people’s sheets are full. This activity is great because it involves both the extroverted and introverted students. The extroverted students love the chance to walk around and talk to everyone in an unstructured environment. The introverted students appreciate that they only have to talk to one person at a time and that the conversation topics are already provided. You can easily make your own or you can take a look at this one I’ve already made for you.

2. Beethoven Grab Bag

BGBCoverWrite different fun facts about Beethoven (include both true and false!) on small cards or pieces of paper. Fold them and put them in a paper lunch bag decorated with music notes. Hold the bag out to a student, have him or her draw a card, read it out loud, and guess if the statement is true or false. The more unique the facts you include, the more fun the kids will have! I would include about 16 cards for a class of 25. You can put the cards back in the bag and allow them to be read more than once so that everyone gets a turn, or you can just let 16 kids have a turn and do it again the next class period as a review, letting the remaining kids have a turn. If you don’t have the time to make it yourself, check out this one I made for you. There are 18 true/false cards, 18 question/answer cards (with the same facts as the T/F cards), blank cards for you to make your own, clip art for decorating your bag, and ideas for other fun games. Try “Beethoven in a Nutshell”: Put the facts in a helmet (the “nutshell”) and have kids compete for points in a team game!

3. Beethoven Poke Sheet

PSBCover.001This amazingly fun activity allows, no, REQUIRES kids to POKE HOLES in their paper! My room is carpeted and kids have been doing this for years. I’ve only just now realized I can make it into a fun, productive activity! The worksheet is filled with true and false statements about Beethoven (the same ones I’ve included in my Beethoven Grab Bag) next to black dots. The students select the correct answer by poking their pencil through the paper on the black dot. On the back of the page, correct answers (holes) reveal the code to a secret message. If they do the assignment correctly, they will get the message! It was time-consuming to create but I know it’s going to be a hit.

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