Oh my goodness, I so hate packing up my stuff at the end of the year. And I thought I was organized!
While I was cleaning, I took a few snapshots of some posters/anchor charts I've created for my room. If I can create them, you can create them. I've elaborated under the pictures in case you'd like to try it yourself!
Category One: Anchor Charts/Posters for Listening Activities, Composers, and Musicians
Category 2: Rhythm and Melodic Posters/Anchor Charts
Here's a chant I created for K and 1 to help with our steady beat/rhythm lessons. There is a steady beat side (and we practice pointing to the hearts - I also have heart beat maps for this that they use individually) and stomping to the beat while saying the lyrics. I add some students to hand drums.
Here is a reference pocket chart the older students can use (it is up all year round):
I love this music staff poster. The students can refer to it as they learn the lines and spaces on the music staff. Even my little ones know the poem:
This is a poster I created for 2nd - 5th grades as we worked on sight-reading songs. It mirrors the format of most of my powerpoints. We often discuss things in the "cherry on top" as we go:
Here's a simple poster for use in pentatonic Orff music (especially with Mallet Madness):
This is a poster I use when discussing, well harmony, chords, and accompaniment (it does all three). You can use these in rock songs (or with your own or the students' own piano accompaniments) to discuss the harmonic progression of the song. Because there isn't "too much" here, 4th or 5th grade students can benefit from a mini-lesson on harmony, even if, like me, you don't delve into chords too much. Of course students can accompany a favorite song by following you as you point to each chord and playing their respective boomwhackers. I'm working with more of a specific lesson plan to use these chords with, hopefully including some favorite songs of the kiddos - will post soon!
Category 3: Misc
I did this lesson with my 4th and 5th graders two years ago, my first year at this school (they were going to see some live performances and needed to learn about the instruments - fast). First, I let them decorate their folder while listening to some instrumental works. While the works were playing, students could read about them on the screen at their leisure.
sfskids.org as the main source of info, augmented with live examples and videos on youtube. On the back, the wrote about their favorite instrument out of all the families and reflected on the performances they saw. Best of all, they can take this with them and have a reference for their middle school band selections.
I can't wait to create more over the summer!