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Thanksgiving Games and Handouts

Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving Games and Printables

Today I am posting the link where you can find all my Thanksgiving games and worksheets. There is a fun music bingo game there if you have groups between now and Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy some of these.

How to Find More Holiday Printables on www.SusanParadis.com

  • Select “Free” at the top of this page. That opens a page that says “Newer Free Resources” and “Older Free Resources.”
  • Select “Newer Free Resources.”
  • Select “Holiday Resources”  from the categories listed on the page.
  • Select the holiday or season you want to open.
  • There will be pictures of everything pertaining to that season.
  • Click on the picture to open and print the file.

If you find a link that leads to nowhere, let me know. Sometimes things happen.

If you’re a long time follower of this blog, you can find some legacy material in “Older Free Resources.” However, as time permits, I update the old material and move it to “Newer Free Resources.” If you still can’t find what you want, the fastest way to find it is to do a Google search with my name and the name of what you want. An example is: Susan Paradis Thanksgiving Bingo.

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November 10, 2016 · 8:13 am

Jingle Bells for Three- an Elementary Trio

Jingle Bells for Three Trio

Jingle Bells for Three $7.99

A piano trio for 6 hands and one piano

Every year I write a piano trio for my students to play at their December group lesson. They are always fairly easy so that busy students can learn them quickly and have a lot of fun with them. Older students can sight read them and less experienced players can practice them in advance.

Today I am adding my piano trio arrangement of Jingle Bells for Three (17 pages $7.99) to the store section of my website.  This is a studio license, so a single teacher may print unlimited copies each year. Buying trios digitally allows the music file to include scores in various configurations so the teacher can print they want. This file includes individual parts, a teacher’s (conductor’s) score, a traditional piano trio score, and the cover.

Jingle Bells for Three is really easy because I wanted something for my youngest group.  We started practicing it in November and the group lesson was in December. They were really proud of themselves. I had a few students who had just started, so they provided the jingle bell accompaniment. I had some families use it for their Christmas family gatherings. I even have parents who read a little music come in to the lesson for an impromptu rehearsal. It is such a joy  to play together just for the fun of it!

 

 

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New! Scarecrow Stomp Game

scarecrowstomp

Scarecrow Stomp Game

What do musical little scarecrows do when they get tired of chasing away crows? Well they stomp the acorn notes scattered over the field, or course! Well, at least in my imagination that’s what they do. This is a yet another version of my favorite game, and of course I made new cards, this time with an autumn theme. It’s kind of nostalgic, because I doubt few kids in the suburbs know what it’s like to bale hay. I have a lot of readers who DO live on a farm, plus a lot who have all these memories in their head. I know I do, and there is nothing like autumn on the farm. [Edited to fix the keyboard cards. There is now a B! You will need to refresh your screen for the updated version.]

The nice thing about fall activities is they can be used all the way through Thanksgiving. This is a good game for students who don’t celebrate Halloween. There is no Card of Doom, but there is a terrible card. Literally, it’s The Terrible Card!

The original file contains 7 pages:

  • The board game
  • The optional colorful back
  • Three pages of flash cards
  • Fun directional cards, including The Terrible Card

How to Print

  • Set your printer to landscape. For a crisp, good-looking game board, use photo paper and laminate.
  • Insert photo paper or card stock and print the game board. When the print box opens up, under “Pages to Print” select “Pages.” In the dialog box, type “1” because you are only printing the first page. Set it aside to dry.
  • Insert card stock to print the cards. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” again and type “2-6.” If you can only print one page of card stock at a time, type a different number for each page.
  • To print the back of the flash cards, re-insert the printed card pages so that you will be printing on the back. Under “Pages to Print” select “Pages” and type “7” because the 7th page is the colorful back. [To keep from wasting ink, be sure you know how to do this. See my FAQ.]
  • You may have this printed at a print shop. I can send you a release if you need it.

Directions

This game can be played with students only, or teacher and student. The players take turns drawing cards and moving to the correct alphabet name. Mix up the note cards with the instruction cards.  The game is over when a player draws any note card after the last D. I try to make sure the students win more than they lose, so sometimes I have to get creative! You can mix and match the cards to fit the students. If a student only knows a few notes on the staff, add the keyboard cards to extend the game. For pre-school children, help them say the music alphabet backwards by letting them read it backwards or omit this card if necessary.

Objectives

  • To reinforce or learn note names on the staff
  • To learn the word “octave.”

This file is for personal use in your home or piano studio. Please do not share electronic files. My material is copyrighted. Do not post images on your website. Thanks!

 

 

 

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Summer Fun Music Vocabulary

Summer Fun Vocabulary Worksheets

Summer Fun Music Vocabulary

Summer Fun Music VocabularyB&W

Well, at least I tried to make it fun!  The one with the words in the center is an activity my students love for me to make. There are lots of words of summer activities mixed up with theory vocabulary, and students circle all the music words. If you have time, on the back they can group the words into categories, like dynamics or rhythm. You might want a music dictionary handy.

I made black and white as well as color versions. As a reminder, if you only use this with one student at a time, teachers often put it in a sheet protector to use with wet or dry erase markers. That makes it easy to store in a binder. Other teachers like the B&W versions because students like to color them and they cost much less to print.

I made these as a summer activity and since we have a few more weeks of summer, I hope you can use them! I also think you can use them as a back to lessons/school activity.

They are all free downloads and match the series of  Summer Treats Activities  that I’ve made so much material for over the years.

If you are looking for a game with vocabulary words, check out Music Memory Level 5B as well as all the levels here. Students really like memory matching games.

 

 

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