Seriously, so much fun, so many songs, so much wonderful symphonic music (Danse Macabre, Night on Bald Mountain, In the Hall of the Mountain King, etc.) and so little time!
Here are a few favorites:
2. Apple TreeA wonderful SLM song, with a super-exciting-giggles-galore game!
Perfect for those schools (or teachers) that don't want to use Halloween songs, this song and accompanying activity makes a spiders web you can dance with! My first graders, who study spiders and bats, LOVE this song and the activity!
4. Black Snake
This is a HUGE hit with my students! They would play this all year long if I let them!
- Choose a "hider" and a "seeker". The hider has a black rubber snake (thank you, Dollar Tree) which the kids love. The seeker goes outside the door or covers eyes, the hider hides the snake somewhere in the room with a wee little bit of tail sticking out. In my room, the hider goes to get the seeker, who then comes back in the room while the children begin to sing the song at a pianissimo level, when seeker gets close to where snake is, students sing louder and louder until the snake is found. GREAT for reinforcing dynamics! We play that the seeker (who found the snake) gives the snake to the next hider and the former hider chooses the new seeker and everyone gets ONE job to do (not both).
- Another way to play is to have one student hide in the room while all others close eyes. This person is the "snake". When ready, all other students walk or march around the room past the “snake’s” hiding place until the snake runs out to tag someone who becomes the new snake.
5. Leaf Man
This is a wonderful book by Lois Ehlert and I love the activity that goes with it.
You know those games and activities you create and then don't get to them for a year or two? I just got this out last week and played it with my first graders and I forgot how much they loved this simple yet oh-so-effective game that helps them to decode eighth and quarter notes and also gets them writing notes in a teamwork configured game.
7. Fall Rhythms
Another one I don't always get to but that my students really enjoy!
I love this activity and it's perfect for creating a non-threatening solo singing experience. Also great for working on adjectives!
Pair this with the book, "If You're a Monster and You Know It" to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" and the kids will be growling, snarling, and singing! Get the book here from Amazon.com.
While you are at Amazon, also check out Glad Monster, Sad Monster by the same authors! I just ordered it and am wondering how I can work in experiences with mood, timbre, and major and minor tonality!
SO much fun for your older students. There are many sets of cards, click the link above for more.
10. Skin and Bones
It wouldn't be Halloween if my fourth graders (oldest grade I teach) didn't perform this for each classroom teacher (and they still play along and get "scared" each time. Students learn a simple orchestration and we add props and characters, even have someone hiding in another room (the closet) with a broom who jumps out at the end and scares the "old woman" who is always played by a very willing teacher! The kids BEG to do it again!
Here is a sample of the pdf- email me at musicquilt@ Hotmail.com for any of these visuals. I am happy to share! :) Have fun!