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.
For some students, it has been a long time since they were in the classroom. They may be unsure and apprehensive. Welcome them back with reassuring, welcoming music activities.
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.
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“I love how this helped my students remember our classroom rules while teaching them rhythms! Genius! ~Rachel
“Wonderful K-5 activity! A wonderful musical way to teach responsibility and get kids moving on day 1!” ~Amy
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.
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.
If you think this would be a good option for you, be sure to talk to your administrator first. Always get approval prior to beginning any type of fund raising.
Prioritize and Plan
Wow! There is a lot to plan for at the beginning of the year. It can be overwhelming. But, you do NOT have to reinvent the wheel every time.
Need help finding the perfect song to teach a specific music element? This easy-to-use Elementary Music Literacy Resource Guide includes a detailed index of music elements which makes finding the ideal activities simple. This helpful index includes MANY FREE as well as helpful paid resources.
Choosing Back to School music activities that will positively engage your students on day 1 sets the tone for the whole year. 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.