Here are some more ideas for assisting students to keep learning while at home:
FROM MR. EICHORST:
Hello Families and Students,
Here are some music activities to keep your creative minds sharp and engaged. They can all be performed alone but others can be improved by including a family member! Feel free to try something even if it goes outside the suggested grade level. If you’re stuck, have questions, or would like to share something awesome you came up with, adults can email me at:
I am available for correspondence on school days from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM.
Musicplayonline.com (grades K-5)
- This website currently offers free access to multiple games and content. In addition, it contains recorder pieces with accompaniment tracks.
Classicsforkids.com (grades 1-5)
- This free website contains some games to practice already-learned skills. There is tons of information about composers and recordings of their most well-known works.
Rhythmrandomizer.com (grades 1-5)
- Simple but useful, this website instantly generates rhythms based on the rules you choose. It doesn’t play them for you, though! Try patting, clapping, snapping, or stomping the rhythms while listening to your favorite music.
Tongue Twister Challenge (grades 3-5)
- Type “tongue twister” into a search engine; the top two results contain many tongue twisters to amuse and challenge your mouth and brain. Compete with a family member to see who can repeat one the most without “tripping”.
Dramatize a favorite song (grades K-2)
- Act out, use hand actions, or use toys to enact a familiar song
Create new verses to a familiar song or rhyme (grades K-5)
- We all know Mary’s little lamb followed her to school one day, but what if they stopped at the skate park first? (This is just an example, use any song you know)
- Try to make the last word of each sentence rhyme. Don’t worry– the results can be serious, silly, or nonsensical.
- To show how rhymes could work, here’s my favorite Edward Lear limerick:
There once was a man from Leeds
Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
Within just one hour
His nose was a flower
And his head was a riot of weeds!
Choreograph music (grades K-5)
- Plan dance moves that fit a song of your choice. Your movements should match the length of the song phrases (usually 8-beat chunks). Put four of those 8-beat movements together and you could be the next YouTube sensation!
Improvise (grades 2-5)
- Improvising means to make up music as you go, with little planning. Narrate your chores as you do them: “Frere Jaques” could be changed to “Washing Dishes”, for example. Improvise your own melody by humming/singing neighbor notes (like we practiced on xylophones and recorders). If music is playing around your home, improvise some body percussion accompaniment.
Bingo Board, attached below (K-5)
- Choose a line, row, diagonal, postage stamp, or four corners. Can you complete all the tasks on that formation? Or, perform your favorite ideas from the card and see how many lines you can complete.
FROM MS. THORSON:
View, download, and/or print her ideas here:
If you have questions or need assistance, you can email Ms. Thorson: [email protected]
FROM MR. KOPPELMAN:
Watch a daily workout to do at home with Joe Wicks. New videos are posted daily at around 9:00am on his YouTube Channel.
You can view all of his daily videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl
Here is the link to his introductory in home workout for March 23, 2020.
FROM MS. HADERLY
GATE/TAGS Activity Ideas
Everyday Mysteries: Find fun science facts from the Library of Congress as well as a wealth of knowledge on everything from agriculture to zoology.
Weather Wiz Kids: Learn about the weather, natural disasters and conduct experiments.
A+ Math: Math flashcards for basic facts, algebra, fractions, geometry, etc.
Figure This: Math problems to challenge the entire family.
Write Your Own Play: Playwriting can be a great way to practice writing skills as well as harness creative energy.
Word of the Day: Learn a new word each day and practice using it in daily conversation.
FROM MS. GARCIA
Ms. Garcia has prepared a BINGO game to support our Sanford-Harmony goals. You can download/print it here: SEL BINGO