I know that a few of you are on the "interactive notebook" journey with me. I haven't been "journey-ing" very well in October, because, well, Halloween songs and activities are my absolute favorite and my students and have been busy!
However, I'm hoping to get these updates into my students' notebooks ASAP. Check them out!
This easy foldable can be used for logging "new rhythms". The rhythm is drawn in the middle. The flaps read: "real name", "word with same number of sounds", "number of sounds", "number of beats". You can see below how I answered these for "tika-tika".
Here's another rhythm foldable - this one is cross-curricular. Check-out how the kiddos have to identify the rhythm and then create a bar-graph:
Isn't it convenient that the lines on the music staff equal the number of fingers on the human hand? :)
I can't wait to add this little picture in as we go over absolute pitch:
The foldables are for basic listening vocabulary words. I'm thinking about introducing one type (say "tempo") per lesson, paired with interesting listening examples (I love Eric Chapelle's "A Tale of Two Cities" for loud vs. quiet - Half the class is the "loud city" and they stomp around the room with big movements, the other half is the "quiet city" and they tip-toe around with small movements - lots of fun for any age). After we listen or move to some of the terms, the students can complete their notebook pages (see below). The students can find the answers on various posters, anchor charts, etc around the room.
Now, anytime we listen to a piece, the students can uses these pages as a reference. I think this will be very engaging because they'll get to flip into their own work, check out pictures, and read what they wrote as the definition.
I'm literally slapping myself for not thinking of these pages sooner. My 4th graders are going to an orchestral concert on Thursday, so I've been very busy with them reviewing the instruments of the orchestra. We used a few charts in our notebooks already to log in notes about each instrument, but, had I had these printables glued in for them to use, I think their work would have been much better organized (and the pictures can't hurt either). I'll definitely be using these with my 3rd and 5th graders.
I'd suggest teaching one family per lesson (I love to use SFS Kids when teaching the instruments). Students can take notes under each flap and add extras (such as other family members, playing techniques, etc) around the edges of the foldable. Supplement their note-taking with discussions and video-clips from Youtube.
Looking for more instruments of the orchestra activities? Check out these FREEBIES from my TPT store:
Brass Family Matching Game
Woodwind Family Matching Game
Percussion Family Matching Game
String Family Matching Game
Turkey Instrument Family Game
How are your notebooks going?
Note: Many of you have asked for the pages I use in these notebooks and whether or not they are available on TPT. I do not have them on TPT yet (I probably won't do this until the summer when I have a complete and thorough year of using them under my belt - that way I can include sample pages from my notebook and explicit instructions). I am willing to send them out via email - just ask and be prepared to be patient - sometimes it takes me a few days to check my comments/email. If you do use these pages, I ask that you update me on how they are going in your classroom. Thanks!