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Easy Folk Dances For The Classroom

December 1, 2021

  These quick and easy folk dances can be used as transitions in the classroom or part of gym or music class. They are also a great addition to a social studies curriculum if the students are learning about Russia or Mexico. This is the time of the year to incorporate movement and get the…

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Nutcracker Themed Lessons for K – 12

November 29, 2021

The Nutcracker story has become a staple of celebrating the holidays and therefore it is a perfect tale to bring into your K – 12 lessons. This would be most effectively explored as a collaboration between disciplines. Try introducing the general story in class and then let the “specials” add on explorations of ideas you…

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Teach Drumming in Every Classroom

November 10, 2021

I discovered bucket drumming several years ago and have taught several lessons before learning how to adapt bucket drumming lessons to desk drumming during the pandemic. Drumming can be adapted for the physical education class to have a fitness class that is engaging and will help your students move in a fun way, or you…

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Nailed It: Thanksgiving Turkey Lesson Plan on Following Directions

November 3, 2021

Have you ever seen Pinterest fails? You know, like the super cute cupcake decorating ideas that look easy enough, but end up looking positively nightmarish? Well, there’s a lesson for that! This Thanksgiving-themed lesson on following directions can work for pretty much any grade level — you just might have to modify the directions a…

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Books And Lessons to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is the first cultural celebration that we encounter at the beginning of the year, and I like to be prepared to highlight this in the classroom. Here are some books that I have used in my music classroom that can also be used across other disciplines in…

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How To Teach Music Without Singing

September 9, 2021

Continuing our series from last week about teaching music when singing is prohibited, Polina Mann is back to recommend a wide variety of supplies you can gather across all budget ranges.   Individual Student Music Kits    This one took a while to do but paid off immensely while teaching in two schools on a…

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Apple-Themed Learning Activities

August 31, 2021

September means back-to-school and fall festivities. Here are a few of our favorite apple-themed crafts and learning activities!  Your students will have fun with this paper plate apple core craft. We used paint to color the apples, but markers or crayons would work great too. Students can also glue black beans (or real apple seeds)…

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Getting Creative with Self-Care – Lesson Ideas & Discussion Starters for the Classroom

August 10, 2021

Even before a global pandemic drove stress levels to new heights, brands and marketers were looking for ways to help the average consumer chill out. From cars to cola, the trend is to design with relaxation in mind. Car companies are quieting the “dings” and “bings” a vehicle makes while crafting seats and finishes that…

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LEGO Pieces Activities

June 26, 2021

We love learning and building using LEGO pieces. We most often use our DUPLO set but any building bricks can work here depending on the activity and age of the children. Most of these activities require you to write on your blocks. You can use a dry erase marker but I actually have the most…

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Dot Stickers Activity

June 25, 2021

Sticker dots are a cheap and easy way to pack repetition and fun into an independent learning activity with minimal setup. Peeling stickers is a great fine motor exercise. For little learners, you can peel off the surrounding paper to make it easier for them to peel on their own. I purchase my ¾ inch…

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