I love using PowerPoints for my elementary students. It helps students with different learning styles access the content and also helps my ELL students learn the content even if they do not yet feel confident in using language just yet.
Coming close to the end of the year I like to move my students ahead of what the Colorado state standards (I teach at a data focused school) say I need to teach, especially for kindergarten. There is no explicit standard that suggests that kindergarten students should start learning how to read music. I have a wonderful ECE teacher that gets them going in preschool and by the time they come to me in kindergarten they are ready for what would be 1st grade level work.
I love Raffi and my students do as well. "Something in My Shoe" is a really simple song that teaches call and response, steady beat, and what I decided would be a good way to introduce quarter notes to my students
I teach this song over the course of three days (my classes are only 35 minutes), first teaching students how to walk to the steady beat in a circle, when to start and stop, and then I gradually add in the different sound effects and and motions. By the end of the three days the students have had time seeing what a quarter note looks like, and performing them. The last two slides are a check for understanding and show them what they have been doing.
Animations can be timed with the original recording. Raffi's website has great teacher resources and free sheet music (www.raffinews.com/).
I will add in a more detailed lesson plan soon. Please let me know if you have issues with the download or animations.
I am always looking to make improvements to my work; I would greatly appreciate if you rated the product and provide constructive feedback to help me improve my products for my own teaching and for you as well.
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