HOORAY!!! Cyber Monday is the time to stock up on resources for your elementary music classroom. EVERYTHING IN MY STORE IS ON SALE! TpT is holding a 2-Day Site-Wide CYBER Sale on Monday, November 30 – Tuesday, December 1, 2020. No matter what circumstances you are teaching under, TpT and the supportive Teacher Authors are here to help during this EXTRAORDINARY year!
You can find many flexible teaching materials at phenomenal prices. By using the code CYBER20, all of my helpful resources will be up to 25% off.
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Yes, EVERYTHING in my store is included. Of course, all of the lessons that I have created are my favorites or I would not have made them. You are sure to find some that will become your favorites too.
Make Music Literacy a Priority
It is important to integrate music reading into every lesson using a strategy that is efficient and systematic with a logical sequence. The resources below provide structured lessons leading students through ICONIC and STANDARD notation reading rhythm and melodies. Click to read this post for more Tips to Integrate Music Reading into Every Lesson.
Click to preview each bundle below.
Boom Cards for Developing Music Literacy
It is hard to develop students’ music literacy levels in the classroom and it is even harder when you are forced to teach online! Boom Cards are not just fun, time-filler games. Boom Cards are a valuable tool for developing and practicing REAL MUSIC LITERACY skills.
Boom Cards may be used for individual/group learning and/or assessment. When you are back in the classroom, they may be used as centers as well. If you have never tried Boom online task cards you are in for a real treat! Boom Cards are self-checking and the decks may be assigned using Google Classroom.
If you are new to Boom Cards, be sure and check out this video with tips for Getting Started with Boom Cards and Using the FastPin Option. I promise, it is NOT hard. But, there are some simple, important, tips that will help you get started efficiently. This video also includes a tip for how you can use Boom Cards as assessments using the FREE account so watch to the end.
Each series below is of graduated difficulty and provide many different opportunities for differentiation. Click on each to determine which would best meet the needs of your students.
Rhythm Block Builder Series
Students listen and build the rhythms they hear by dragging and dropping rhythm blocks. Click the video to see a set in action.
Melody Block Builder Series
Students listen and build the melodies they hear by dragging and dropping melody blocks. See the video below to see a set in action.
Melodic Dictation Blocks are available in the following keys.
- Melodic Dictation Blocks, Key of C
- Melodic Dictation Blocks, Key of F
- Melodic Dictation Blocks, Key of G
“What Do You Hear?” Ear Training Series Key of F – Stemless Notes
This series was designed with your youngest musicians in mind. All of the activities are set in the Key of F so that notes are all on the staff. And, music is notated with stemless note heads to focus student attention.
“What Do You Hear?” Ear Training Series Key of C – Standard Notation
This series does NOT include the “cute” clipart of some of the other series. Because it does not look “elementary,” it may be used in the middle and high school settings as well depending upon the needs of your students.
This series begins VERY simply with just So-Mi for young elementary students. With six sequential sets, the upper levels will challenge middle school and even some high school students.
Treble Clef Note Name Series
There are 6 different sets in this series. Sets 1-2 introduce and practice space and line notes separately. Set 3 practices the lines and spaces together. Sets 1-3 include the BASIC notes on the staff only. Sets 4-6 follow the same pattern while including EXTENDED notes above and below the staff.
Bass Clef Note Name Series
This series of 6 different sets follows the same pattern as the treble clef note names. Sets 1-2 introduce and practice space and line notes separately. Set 3 practices the lines and spaces together. Sets 1-3 include the BASIC notes on the staff only. Sets 4-6 follow the same pattern while including EXTENDED notes above and below the staff.
FREE Music Literacy Boom Cards
Do you want to try using several different sets of Boom Cards with your students before purchasing an entire series? Click to read this blog post with 10 FREE Elementary Music Online Distance Learning Activities.
Don’t miss the sale. These resources will never be offered at a higher discount.
Interactive PowerPoint Games – You Must Have PowerPOint to USE These REsources
For Microsoft schools, these games are a perfect way to practice treble clef note names. The interactive PowerPoint games give students immediate feedback. When you are back in the classroom, they may be used for centers, individual, or group practice. Check out this simplified FREE Treble Clef SPACES Interactive PowerPoint Game for a sample of the games below.
Note: These are INTERACTIVE PowerPoints and do not work in Google Slides. Google Slides does not yet have some of the functions that are currently available in PowerPoint.
Online Music Composition | Drag & Drop Blocks for Google Slides or PowerPoint
Music composition is hard for beginning musicians. These drag & drop rhythm blocks ensure success while teaching about note values, meter, phrase form, and lyrics. These leveled sets are effective for a wide age range of students.
Each resource includes 4 separate composition lessons. They are available as both Google Slides or PowerPoint versions. Click to see preview.
PowerPoint Drag & Drop Composition Blocks
If you are in need of PowerPoint versions of these lessons, click the links below.
- PowerPoint Composition Blocks, Set 1
- PowerPoint Composition Blocks, Set 2
- PowerPoint Composition Blocks, Set 3
- PowerPoint Composition Blocks, Set 4
Printable Elementary Music Resources
Some schools are currently conducting in-person learning or delivering work at home packets for students. If this is your school, check out these printables. These Color, Cut, Compose activities include 9 differentiated rhythm sets with 4 different composition templates. They are simple enough for kindergarten students, but can challenge even middle school students.
This simple printable lesson is very versatile and may be extended over several class sessions. This resource may be used in the following ways.
- Basic Rhythm Composition
- Melodic Composition
- Focus on Phrase Form
- Add Lyrics to Rhythm
- Create Extended Composition
- Use Templates with Duplo-Size Blocks
Some teachers have used this resource with their young band and orchestra students to compose and play their original music.
DIGITAL & PRINTABLE Worksheets & Puzzles
Do you need simple, fun printables that students can complete independently? In the classroom, they may be used for sub days, centers, class review, or for fast finishers.
These PRINTABLE worksheets and puzzles include a DIGITAL version which may be completed using Easel, TpT’s digital tool. They may be assigned with Google Classroom and completed ONLINE as DIGITAL ACTIVITIES!
Check out these DIGITAL and PRINTABLE sets below to see if they meet the needs of your classroom.
Need help getting started with TpT’s digital tools? See How to Use Easel by TpT.
Instruments of the Orchestra PowerPoints with Student wORKSheets
This Instruments of the Orchestra BUNDLE is always over 20% off the individual lessons. But, investing during a sale means that you are saving even more. These NO-PREP guided lessons are ready-to-use. Just download and present. Short sound inks are included so students can hear each instrument as well.
Printable student worksheets are also included. These PowerPoint lessons are also compatible with Google Slides. They work well for distance learning or in the classroom.
Click to preview.
NEW Instruments of the Orchestra DIGITAL Interactive Notebook
Creating lesson plans for the elementary music classroom is much more difficult during a pandemic. Your plans MUST be FLEXIBLE. EVERYTHING can CHANGE.
You need to be prepared for ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING, HYBRID LEARNING, NO-SING LESSONS, TEACHING on a CART, and more!
If your students need more social distancing activities for school or home, INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS to the rescue! This Musical Instruments of the Orchestra and Band resource is easy for teachers & FUN for students.
Click to watch the video preview.
Seasonal Elementary Music Resources
If you are teaching in a public school, it is important to sing diverse holiday songs and learn about the traditions of other cultures. It is especially important to include the holidays that are celebrated by students in your school.
Click to listen to the arrangements in the video previews posted on TpT.
Interactive Rhythm Flashcards
You don’t have to make a choice between focusing on music literacy skills or celebrating the holidays. These Christmas Interactive Rhythm Pattern Flashcards are differentiated into 6 different levels for grades K-5. Level 1 includes iconic reading while levels 2-6 build sequentially.
They are available in a Winter Interactive Rhythm Pattern Flashcards version too. You can use these all season long.
For FUN ways to use these rhythm cards, check out this post for 10 Ways to Use Interactive Rhythm Pattern Flashcards.
Black History Music Resources
In January, we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. And, February is Black History Month. But, these African American spirituals are perfect for ANY TIME OF YEAR. Each resource is differentiated for grades K-5 and includes two short biographies of a Civil Rights Leader. Each song includes 4 Orff accompaniments that will make an impressive addition to any concert or music program.
Click to listen to the Orff accompaniments in the video previews.
TpT Site-Wide Sale | CYBER20
This is definitely the time to stock up on resources for your elementary music classroom. Remember to use the code CYBER20 to get the full 25%. We do not know what the coming year will bring. But, whether you are in the classroom full time, teaching online, or using some form of blended learning, these resources will be helpful additions to your lessons for years to come.
I hope that some of these resources will become some of your favorites and that you Get the Most Out of Any TpT Site-Wide Sale, no matter which talented and dedicated seller you choose to purchase from.
Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in another way.
Spelling Blocks – For Any Word List
Yup! I know I am a music teacher. But I was working with a reluctant second-grade student who needed more ways to practice his spelling. So, I created this lesson. Since then, I have had teachers in other classrooms tell me how much they appreciated using this lesson. Or, maybe, like our family, you want to use it at home.
A first grade teacher had this to say. “I was searching for a good, feasible, and effective way to build words with my students! This is it! We use this often to practice our spelling words on our chromebooks in Google Classroom with my 1st graders. They have learned to use it really well and it is fun. I love that I have a record of what they did (unlike when we use whiteboards) so now I know who needs intervention.”
These inexpensive drag & drop spelling blocks are available as PowerPoint or Google Slides versions. They work with any word list and may be used over and over. That is a bargain!
Please share this one with your classroom teachers.