Today is February 1…and so begins thecountdown to Valentine's Day! My husband and I are still trying to figure out plans for going out for dinner, but I've also begun plans for what my students will do to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Here are some of my favorite activities to do with students the week before and the week of Valentine's Day:
1, 2, 3: A song for Valentine's Day
A couple years ago, I wrote about this song, which is based off the melody to “Bow Wow Wow.” Click here to see the blog post with song notation and dance instructions!
Popsicle Stick Dictation
Since Valentine's Day is all about hearts, it's a great time to dictate with heartbeats and popsicle sticks! Click here to see a blog post about popsicle stick dictation.
This is a gem of a song…it can be used during Valentine's Day or any other time during the year, to prepare or practice sixteenth notes. Here is the notation:
To play the game, choose one child to be “it,” and have them sit in front of the class. Have that child choose a friend in the class they love as a friend. Then, we sing the song, and the child who is “it” gets to choose a child to guess who he/she is thinking of. After three incorrect guesses, we sing the song again; I do this a total of three times (or nine guesses) before the child who is “it” tells us who they he/she is thinking of. If someone does guess correctly, the child who guessed correctly comes up and gets to be it.
Love Somebody Disappearing Game
I picked up this awesome file from Amy Abbott during the last $2 Tuesday…I love her disappearing files, and this was is no exception. What a fun way to practice tika-tika AND 2-beat meter! Click here to see it in her TpT store.
Write the Room
My friend Karla from C Major Learning just posted this set, and I was so excited to use it! She saw classroom teachers doing “Write the room” and thought to adapt it to the music classroom, which is brilliant! It's kind of like a scavenger hunt, where students look for the right rhythm cards and write them down. Such a great way to practice rhythm writing! Here is a picture of my students writing their rhythm patterns:
Tika-Tika can be hard to write..some students want to write six lines down and three lines across, so this is a great way to practice! Karla's bundle also includes sets for ta and ti-ti and quarter rest.
Looking for more ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in the music room? Check out this set:
Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy!