So this last month has FLOWN by... I will try and give a quick re-cap of weeks 5-8 aka the month of October.
Week 5 & 6:
My lower el students read many books including "There was an old lady who wasn't afraid of anything" , we sang and broke down the rhythm of "Pass the Pumpkin" and did lots of movement with Koo Koo Kangaroo's Monster Movements
For my 3rd-5th graders, and Indigenous Peoples Day- I wanted show respect to and teach about Indigenous People and traditions with authenticity. I Read the book "We Are Water Protectors" and incorporated movement and song. If you are interested in my lesson, email me and I will gladly share what we did.
Also, for additional resources on this book, you can head over to https://read.macmillan.com/mcpg/wearewaterprotectors/ to find free additional lesson ideas. For movement we have been into "Just Dance" videos and moved to This is Halloween.
My 6th-8th grade students have been exploring Schoology and submitting assignments/classwork within. I include links within each week for students to complete on their own. For example I give students a singing activity, movement activity, and creating activity to do during class and then they complete the lesson by answering a short "assessment" in Schoology.
Weeks 7 & 8:
Lower el students were reading "Mama Mummy" and continued to practice our five little pumpkins poem. We also worked on quarter note and eight note rhythms using iconic images of pumpkins and bats. I found this video, Pumpkin Walk on Youtube to help practice two sounds (eighth notes) vs one sound (quarter notes). Movement was a lot of "Dem Bones".
My 3rd-5th graders worked on reading "Shake Dem Halloween Bones" while playing a youtube rap beat. I used these "freestyle beats" videos and had students pick whichever one they wanted/liked best. We moved to Michael Jackson's Thriller Just Dance Video.
My 6th-8th grade students were working on their Music Map Projects.
Students are creating their own powerpoint slides. Here are the instructions I gave them.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Hopefully I can been on top of my blog in this new month of November!