Multiple Intelligence: Music in the Classroom


Thanks to the internet, incorporating music throughout your day is easy. There are many free and inexpensive sources available with just a few clicks.  


Music can be used to set the atmosphere of your class. Play music when your students arrive in the morning. Songs you might want to try:


  • Play before your lesson begins to set the theme.  Ask your students to guess the topic of the lesson based on the music. 

Music can enrich your holiday lessons, too.

Veterans Day themed music includes:



Tribute to All Veterans and Service Members
3:46 minutes
Click HERE to view to this.

Thanksgiving music videos:




Nakai: Earth Spirit - Native American music
Less than 1 minute
Click HERE to view to this.






Native American Indians Spiritual Vocal Shamanic Music
4 hours
Click HERE to view to this.




Sacred Spirit - Chants and Dances
44 minutes
Click HERE to view to this.

Do you study Christmas Around the World?


On Spotify, you can listen to a free version of the instrumental music by West Edge String Quartet from the Christmas Around the World album.  Use the following songs when you study these countries:
  • Carol of the Bells: Ukraine
  • Wexford Carol: Ireland
  • The First Nowell: England
  • A La Nanita Nana: Spain
  • Riu, Riu, Chiu "El Lobo Rabioso": Spain
  • Coventry Carol: England
  • In the bleak midwinter: France
  • Silent Night: Austria
Would you rather listen to an advertisement-free version of this album? Click HERE to purchase a copy.


Do your students study other countries in social studies? Do they write research reports or make a powerpoint presentation about their findings?  Why not include the national anthem of the country that they are studying?  Here are a few examples:


Are you starting a weather unit?  Play one of these songs:


The videos with music below are versatile.  Set these up as a computer center, show during inside recess, play the music during circle time or cleanup time.


How do you incorporate music?











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Service Projects at School


The holidays are upon us and you know what that means, right?  Get ready for the  "gimmes" and "wannas" .  I want this for Christmas and I hope Santa gives me that for Christmas.  This is the perfect time to do a service project with your class.  It is a reminder that there are people who need our help.



I like to do service projects in which my students are helping other children.  My favorite service project is to collect gently used or new books, toys, or art supplies for the local children's shelter.  Contact the shelter about their rules.  Some shelters have you drop off supplies at another place because of security concerns.  



It is never fun to be sick.  Being sick at the holidays is especially hard because you are missing out on so many fun holiday activities.  Collecting books, toys, and art supplies for a Children's Hospital is good way to let these children know that your students are thinking about them during the holidays. Don't forget about your local Ronald McDonald's House, too.  Kids helping kids is the best service project to me.

Looking for more tips?  Check out my November Pinterest board.  Click on the picture below.


Fern has a few tips to share with you, too.  Be sure to hop over to her blog!




Each week, Fern and I will share a teacher tip. We love to read teacher blogs and the latest teacher idea books and hope you do, too!  Stop by Fern's blog and my blog each week for our latest tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog who will get a $10 shopping trip.  We will announce the winner on the following Tuesday's post.  

Do you have a Service Project tip to share?  Be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip. You must leave your email address in order to win.

Looking for more ideas?  Click on the pictures below.







  


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We Give Thanks Giveaway


 The holiday season is upon us.  Can you relate to any of the following?

  • You have had one too many inside recess days.
  • You have noticed that some of your parents are stressed and quicker to send a less-than-pleasant email before fully investigating an issue.
  • Your students are off schedule because there are special practices for this program, that assembly, and a holiday function which means your students have reverted to the first week of school behavior.
  • You go home and find your own household is suffering from the same holiday craziness.
On top of all of that, you are probably trying to do a little holiday shopping, right? 


My friend, Fern and I wanted to do something special during this holiday season.  We realize that this time of year can be a little crazy for you.  So, we thought we'd give a $50 Toys R Us gift certificate to one of our followers.  This site has stuff that would be great for your class or your kids. Here are a few things you might want to check out!

Brain teaser 

Building Sets & Blocks

Arts & Crafts

Books, Movies, & Music

Do you want to enter?  All you have to do is follow our TPT stores.  

Click on the sign below to follow my TPP store.


Click on the sign below to follow Fern's store.








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Top 3 Teacher Tips


Teaching has always been a profession that shares and collaborates.  Blogs have enabled teachers to do this on a global scale.  This past year, some of my friends and I thought it would be fun if we organized a monthly linky party in which we share teaching tips.  The posts from the monthly Bright Ideas linky party has been some of my most popular.  I thought it would be fun to highlight the top 3 most popular posts.


Easily distracted was my most popular Bright Ideas post.  I think we all get at least one or two students that is easily distracted, right?  No matter how big our bag of tricks is, we are always willing to add something new to it!


Discipline was another favorite post.  Are you seeing a pattern here?  A teacher can never have too many tips when it comes to behavior management.


Missing work is always a topic you hear in the teachers lounge.  This post has some tips for you to try with your students.


I hope you have enjoyed our Bright Ideas posts!  Follow me on Bloglovin and Facebook so you don't miss out on my other ideas that I share!

Don't forget to visit the other bloggers who are sharing their Bright Ideas, too.  Come back and visit us!



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Improve Handwriting with Technology


Do you cringe when you look at some of your students' work because their handwriting is so messy?  Does it take twice as long to grade some of your students' assignments because you spend so much time deciphering their writing?  If this sounds familiar, then it is time to take a tech approach to solve this problem.


If you have a document camera, you can easily incorporate mini-handwriting lessons when you are teaching other subjects.  


In the picture above, I am using the Hue Document Camera with a Morning Message lesson, which is a great way to review important reading skills.  

I have taught Morning Message lessons using chart tablet paper and a large dry erase board.  These are fun approaches, but using a fat marker didn't lend itself to a handwriting lesson.  

When you use a document camera, your students get an up close and personal view of your hand, how you hold your pencil, and the way you write your letters.  Plus, there is something magical about when you turn the lights off in the classroom.  Suddenly, students pay attention better and there is less discipline problems for me, which is an added bonus. 

Integrate a mini-handwriting lesson while teaching Morning Message is simple with this handy little tool. Click on the picture above to get a free Morning Message lesson.


When I was contacted by the company that makes the Hue USB camera, I did some investigating to see if this would be something my readers would be interested in using.  I checked out their site and then visited Amazon to see what it would cost.  As we all know, schools are cutting back on their expenditures and teachers will never make the Forbes' Rich List .  I was pleasantly surprised to find that you can purchase one of these on Amazon for $49.95.  That a reasonable price for something that could be used every day.  Your PTA might be willing to purchase some for your school once you tell them about all of the benefits.

Click on the links below to find out more information and to find out other benefits of using this.

Hue Document Camera

RSA Animate style of video


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4 Uses for Shells in the Classroom


Shells have many uses in the classroom.  If you are lucky enough to live near a beach, you have a cheap supply of manipulatives that you can use with your students.  I live in California, but I don't have a trip to the beach planned anytime soon so I took a trip to Hobby Lobby.  I not only found bags of shells and I found strands of beads that looked like shells or rocks in the jewelry making aisle.  The wheels began spinning in my head because these looked like something that could be used with a lesson.


Use for shells - #1: Place Value
Look at all of the uses I found for a couple of bags of shells and a few strands of beads.  Perfect non-traditional manipulative for your place value center.  Shells and strands of beads can take the place of base ten blocks.


Use for shells - #2: Ocean
Shells are the perfect addition for your ocean unit.  Can be used as a math manipulative or science observation station.


Use for shells - #3: Thanksgiving
While we often think of using shells with our ocean units, these are also a great addition to your Thanksgiving lesson, too.  Have you heard of wampum?  Native American and later the early settlers made wampum from shells.  Click HERE to download a FREE packet about wampum that can be used as a close reading lesson or Thanksgiving lesson.


Use for shells - #4: Money unit
Wampum had many uses including a substitute for money. Use it with your money unit and Thanksgiving - double duty! You will need a variety of shells, beads, and strands of beads.  Let your students act out trading furs for wampum.  I found this fur at Hobby Lobby, too.  









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Thanksgiving: Wampum FREEBIE


It will soon be Thanksgiving!  I made a new freebie to show a little thanks to my followers.  You can use this for homework, as a close reading lesson, or Social Studies lesson.  It is an easy way to integrate.  Click on the picture below to download this freebie.



I also found a site that would be a fun extension to this assignment.  Your students can weave a virtual wampum belt.  Click on the picture below.




Looking for more tips?  Check out my November Pinterest board.  Click on the picture below.


Fern has a few tips to share with you, too.  Be sure to hop over to her blog!




Each week, Fern and I will share a teacher tip. We love to read teacher blogs and the latest teacher idea books and hope you do, too!  Stop by Fern's blog and my blog each week for our latest tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog who will get a $10 shopping trip.  We will announce the winner on the following Tuesday's post.  

Do you have a Thanksgiving tip to share?  Be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip. You must leave your email address in order to win.

Looking for more ideas?  Click on the pictures below.




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FREE Reader's Theater: Veterans Day - Tuesday Teacher Tip


Celebrate Veterans Day with a play!  Do your students enjoy Reader's Theater?  This is a great way to strengthen your students' fluency skills and learn about Veterans Day.  




You can use the signs above as name necklaces.  Decorate them, attach yarn, and students can wear them when they present the play.


You can use the pictures as props.  Students can draw pictures of themselves in the frames if you want to make stick puppets.


As an extension, have your students write to soldiers or sailors thanking them for their service.  The page above is included that you can use for this assignment.

Click HERE to download this Reader's Theater freebie.

Have you heard of A Million Thanks organization?  This organization has information that you may find helpful.



Looking for more tips?  Check out my November Pinterest board.  Click on the picture below.


Fern has a few tips to share with you, too.  Be sure to hop over to her blog!




Each week, Fern and I will share a teacher tip. We love to read teacher blogs and the latest teacher idea books and hope you do, too!  Stop by Fern's blog and my blog each week for our latest tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog who will get a $10 shopping trip.  We will announce the winner on the following Tuesday's post.  

Do you have a Veterans Day tip to share?  Be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip. You must leave your email address in order to win.

Looking for more ideas?  Click on the pictures below.





Sources to make my blog post graphics can be found HERE. Click HERE to read my blog's disclosure statement.

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