Welcome back! It is Back to School season when everything is exciting, new, and fresh. And, this year, maybe a little hesitant and unsure. Your Back to School music activities will need to be flexible. Your first day of school might look quite different this year.
Some schools will be meeting in person, some online, and some in a hybrid combination model. Your school, like many in our area, may be planning for varying models or “phases” depending upon the circumstances. One thing is for sure, all teachers should be ready to go 100% online at any time.
Take a couple minutes to scan through some of these beneficial Back to School Elementary Music resources to help you and your students start the year fresh. Get your students actively engaged learning music skills on day one. We should never take another day in our classrooms for granted again.
Learn Music Rules | Orff Activities
Learning rules and procedures is always a vital component of Back to School Music Activities. It is important to establish a positive classroom climate. Why not set your rules to rhythm patterns? Then you can learn and practice them with Orff-style activities. Click to read this blog post with detailed directions.
Are you strapped for time? Do you need FREE Music Rule Rhythm Posters? Or maybe you need a more extensive, customizable rule learning sequence for grades K-5? Music Rules | Back to School Orff Rhythm Activities includes ready-to-go lessons which may be extended over 4 class sessions! That is some fun rule review!
Note: There are rules for distance learning too. This activity could be modified for learning at home. (Parents may appreciate setting up some ground rules too.)
Welcome Students Back with Music Mixer Activities
I LOVE Music Mixer Activities! They make some of the best Back to School Music Activities. Music Mixers get students singing, moving, and interacting positively with each other on day one. What are Music Mixer activities and how do you implement them in your classroom? Click to read this blog post.
Do you need a couple of ready-to-go Music Mixers that you can use year after year? They make great activities for Back to School time, after a school break, or any time at all!
Click to preview these easy-to-use Music Mixers. Each includes a different original song with an accompaniment track.
Important Note: These activities include hand clap patterns where students move from partner to partner. In a COVID environment, this is NOT a good idea. Modify the activity by doing the same movements in the air at a safe distance, but NOT touching.
Make Music Literacy the BackBone or Your Program
There is so little time and so much to teach! Start your Back to School music activities with a fun music literacy lesson every day. But, how do you make time to teach music reading everyday? It takes careful planning and lessons that build one upon another, introducing only one new element at a time.
Do you need ready-to-go music reading lessons that can also serve as assessments? These sequential sets might be just what you need.
Fall Holidays Are Right Around the Corner
Every year, summer seems to go faster and faster. The fall holidays will be here before you know it. Have you ever thought about celebrating Oktoberfest? Does your community have a local celebration? Oktoberfest is a fun and more unique celebration to work into your music lessons.
Our school has gotten to sing at our community celebration for several years. Singing with a real polka band was a highlight for many students. We always ended our set with the “Ducky Dance” (or Chicken Dance). Students brought their entire families out to the “dance floor” in the street. It is a fun way to end our performance and involve families!
Note: The Ducky Dance can easily be modified for a “no touch” or online activity.
It is really hard to find school-appropriate Oktoberfest activities that do not revolve around alcohol. Check out these resources below.
Look what one teacher had to say about this secondary edition. “Great activity for my Exploratory German Class! Finally, an Oktoberfest resource that doesn’t focus on alcohol.”
Note: Once again, the hand clap activities may need to be modified as “no touch” activities.
Music Literacy Boom Cards
Yes! Boom Cards can play an important role in the development of music literacy. They are also a perfect tool for distance learning. Boom Cards are self-checking and students receive immediate feedback. They work great for centers or stations, large group or individual instruction, or assessment.
For a quick summary of each set, click to read the post below. Or, simply click each set to preview on TpT.
Getting Started with Boom Cards
If you have never used Boom Cards, you do not know what you are missing! If you would like to see a set of Boom Cards in action, learn a little more, or try out a few FREE sets, click to read the blog posts below.
- Getting Started Using Boom Cards in Elementary Music
- Ways to Use Boom Task Cards in Music Classes
- FREE Elementary Music Distance Learning Activities
K-5 Differentiated Songs & Activities
Do you need songs for varying age ranges with differentiated activities? Check out this blog post about creating graduated difficulty lessons. Do you need a lesson to use as a model? Take a minute to preview these K-5 Differentiated Songs & Activities.
Now is the Time to Stock Up!
Wow! There is a lot to plan for at the beginning of the year. And, this year you know that you literally have to be ready for anything. It can be overwhelming. Use some of these resources or some other fabulous finds on TpT to help with your planning and lesson design. You do NOT have to reinvent the wheel every time.
If you are not aware, TpT has started a crowdfunding platform to help teachers raise money for classroom resources. They have also partnered with DonorsChoose. Talk to your administrator and start your class fund at one of these helpful sites.
Take a minute and scroll back through this post. Which of these Back to School music activities would best meet the needs of your students? Put them on your wish list now. Then, prioritize and plan. Take it one step at a time friends.
Best wishes for a FABULOUS school year! Let me know if I can help.