Children's Church, Elementary Music

Christmas Tree Hunt and Music Charades

So I started my TPT shop in September. So when it came to Christmas, I said, “I’m only going to make one or two Christmas products.” Then I made five. Three of them are from my classroom, so it’s not as bad as it sounds. Then I said, I’m not going to make any more… Continue reading Christmas Tree Hunt and Music Charades

Elementary Music, K-2, Lessons

Christmas Rhythm Composition with K-1

When it comes to rhythm, especially in the younger grades, some things are easier to teach than others. Making rhythms that match songs– easy. Repeating rhythms– easy. Even reading rhythms– easy. But what about improvisation and composition? That’s a little harder. I talked about improvisation and how I set that up in my Rain v.… Continue reading Christmas Rhythm Composition with K-1

3-5, Elementary Music, Lessons

Christmas Music Lesson: 12 Days of Christmas

Ah, Christmas. So many songs, so little time. Every year I feel like I cannot narrow down how many songs I want to do. How do you get to them all? Anyway, my fourth and fifth graders are in the middle of a huge recorder unit, and I did not want to put that on… Continue reading Christmas Music Lesson: 12 Days of Christmas

3-5, Elementary Music, Games, K-2, Lessons

Music Christmas Game: Oh Christmas Tree

Are you looking for some really fun Christmas lessons? I feel like I am always looking for ideas, and I have a hard time narrowing down the amount of songs that are available for the holidays. I was looking for a song that was common enough that I wanted all of my students to know,… Continue reading Music Christmas Game: Oh Christmas Tree

3-5, Children's Church, Lessons

Children’s Church Christmas Lesson for Kids Who Know the Christmas Story

Let’s be honest: I have a hard time teaching Children’s Church on Christmas and Easter. The Christmas lesson is particularly difficult. Yes, I guess it should be the easiest days to teach. But it is not. It is difficult because all of my kids know the Christmas story and the Easter story. My group is 10-15… Continue reading Children’s Church Christmas Lesson for Kids Who Know the Christmas Story

Elementary Music, Games

Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

It was so close to winter break that I could almost feel it. But we weren’t there yet, and the kids were bouncing off of the walls. I needed something fun to keep my fourth graders engaged while still working on rhythm. That’s where the rhythm ornament relay race came in. This easy holiday music… Continue reading Easy Holiday Music Game: The Rhythm Ornament Relay Race

Centers, Elementary Music

The Best Thanksgiving Centers for Elementary Music

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving can be such a weird time in the elementary music classroom– you have a short month, it’s sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, and you might be working on holiday concerts. If you need something fun to do (that doesn’t require your FULL attention), then you should try Thanksgiving centers for elementary music… Continue reading The Best Thanksgiving Centers for Elementary Music

Centers, Centers, Elementary Music, Lessons

How to Make a (free!) Turkey Rhythm Craft for Thanksgiving

The month of November can be weird at school– you’ve just finished up Halloween and October craziness, and there’s barely any time until Christmas season. November is a short month with Thanksgiving break in the middle, so it can be hard to know what to teach for the two or three weeks that you’re teaching.… Continue reading How to Make a (free!) Turkey Rhythm Craft for Thanksgiving

Elementary Music

Easy Ways to Add More Instruments to Elementary Music Lessons

Recently, I asked for questions on Instagram (@beccasmusicroom), and many people asked a variation of, “How do we play more instruments in elementary music class?!” I was so relieved to get that question, because for years, I have been wondering this question and thinking that I was alone in having a hard time with adding… Continue reading Easy Ways to Add More Instruments to Elementary Music Lessons