It's springtime, your kiddos are squirrely, and you're looking for the perfect activity to practice reading and writing so-la-mi in stick and staff notation. Look no further!
This is the perfect set for your primary students to practice translating staff notation to stick notation. I love using this set with my first graders after we have learned la on both a two lined staff and a three lined staff.
Before I use this set, I generally do three “present” style lessons with my kiddos. The first is the “meat and potatoes” where I show the melodic contour on the staff, with la in the space above so. This lesson includes solfa street, hand signs, and the theoretical constructs behind the pitch. My second lesson keeps things on the staff, but shifts la onto a line, with so in the space below. The final lesson shows la in stick notation, so that my students can see the pitch in all it’s different permutations. Careful not to jump into this set until your kids have had these three different experiences. This is intended to be a practice set for la.
***Included with this set***
-2 different interactive staff to stick presentations, one with la in a space (2 line staff) and one with la on a line (3 line staff).
-Matching cards for pairing practice.
***Instructions for interactive presentations***
-I’ve used this as a full class lesson or as a team competition. There are 9 different slides with a bug pattern for students to match to the bloom.
-If students click on the correct bloom, they will receive a “BEE-UTIFUL” prompt. If they do not, they will receive a “Bee Thoughtful!” and the opportunity to try again. Keep points or use however might be most useful for your kids!
***Instructions for matching cards***
-I’ve included eight out of the nine patterns in three different permutations: (1) 2 line staff; (2) 3 line staff; and (3) stick notation.
Staff notation cards have bug icons and stick notation cards have flowers so that each bug can find a flower and vice versa.
-I usually use whichever set of staff cards I have used for the presentation for that day, handing out individual cards to students and having them find their match.
-If you wanted an extra challenge, you could ask students to find their group of three, with two bugs and one flower.
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