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Literature, Movement

Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals

I love doing Carnival of the Animals in first grade.  I use Carnival of the Animals to teach concepts like fast/slow, loud/soft and high/low. It also gives the first-graders a chance to learn how to listen to music and analyze it. Sometimes I also add in some extra "animal" lessons that aren't necessarily a part… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Carnival of the Animals

Literature, Rhythm

Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

Another one of the books I love to use with my younger students.  This is great when you are introducing or reviewing rest in your classroom, because the cricket is....Quiet!!  Like with a lot of my children's books I start with just reading the book at the end of class one day.  With The Cricket… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: The Very Quiet Cricket

Literature, Rhythm, Singing

Children’s Books & Music: Goodnight Moon

I'm starting a blog post series about different lessons to incorporate Children's Books into the music classroom.  This first lesson comes from the book Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Moon With all my book lesson I like to just read the book the first day.  I take the last 5-10 minutes of class and read the book… Continue reading Children’s Books & Music: Goodnight Moon

Literature, Movement, Seasonal, Uncategorized

In the Hall of the Mountain King

This is a seasonal favorite in my room for each grade level! Special shout out to Traci Patterson for the body percussion idea I now use with my older kids. For my little students( 1st/2nd) I love to use the song "In The Hall of the Mountain King" with the story We're Off To Find… Continue reading In the Hall of the Mountain King