Our Buggy Friends – a Note Story

Lady Bug Note Story

Ladybug Note Story

Note stories! Some students love them and some hate them. The students who don’t like note stories sit there in silence when you give them one. I’ve noticed these are the students who don’t know notes very well! The students who love them kind of bounce up and down or at the very least give you some eye contact! Note stories are more fun in group lessons such as music summer camp. I know some of you are planning summer camps, so I hope this is in time for you to use.

Here are a few suggestions.

If you want to save paper, print out one copy and place it in a plastic sheet protector and use dry erase markers. Some teachers have a binder full of worksheets in sheet protectors to use with their students. You can also laminate it and use a dry erase marker.

If you print a student their own copy, do parts of this at the lesson, taking several weeks to complete it.  It will give you a good idea of how well your student is at note identification. But remember, just knowing notes does not turn a student into a good sight-reader. That is another skill set.

If you have an old ladybug stuffed animal (such as my daughter’s Beanie Babies) around the house, use that to get some enthusiasm going. Children love themes!

Classroom teachers, this is the 3rd of a set of note stories with a nature theme, for some cross curriculum work. I have also posted note stories on bats and bunnies. Eventually I will post some more about other creatures. Go to the worksheet page to see them all.

This note story is too small to use on an iPad or Android tablet, but you can enlarge parts of it to make it big enough for your tablet.  If you enlarge each sentence in landscape view as a separate part, you can do one sentence a week.

So you can see there are so many ways to use the material that you find on the internet!

I hope you enjoy my note story on ladybugs. What animal would you like me to feature next?

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14 Responses to Our Buggy Friends – a Note Story

  1. I love giving my student note stories! So often I find students play their pieces without really knowing what notes they’re actually playing. So I think note stories are excellent for consolidating those notes. Thanks so much Susan 🙂

  2. I love giving my student note stories! So often students play their pieces without really knowing what notes they’re actually playing. So I think note stories are excellent for consolidating those notes. Thanks Susan 🙂

  3. Doreen Gilbert

    Thanks for the note games! Kids will love them.

  4. I agree – puppies, butterflies and something boyish like trains

  5. I can’t wait to use some of these with my students! They LOVE any kind of spelling game with note names! You’ve done a wonderful job with them! 🙂

  6. Jennifer Jacobson

    By the way, for back to school (we here in Florida start August 20th), I would LOVE a review test- especially if they could be comprehensive & level-based but cute.

  7. Jennifer Jacobson

    Puppies!!! My kids love puppies. Thank you so much for something fresh every week (it seems). It makes me feel great going into a heavy lesson week to know I’m prepared with something new!

    • susanparadis

      My first thought was puppies and kittens. I have some students who will play anything if a puppy or kitten in on the cover!

      Thanks for the comments on my new things. I’m like you, I like to keep things fresh with new material. Plus, it’s fun!

      Keep on the lookout for a new game that one of my students thought up.

  8. Anonymous

    Thank you for all your hard work and creativity! I have some 7-9 year old boys who would love something like beetles, summer thunderstorms, or sharks!

    • susanparadis

      Thunderstorms, that is very interesting! I wonder I would draw that? 🙂 Beetles and sharks are great ideas. So many choices, it’s hard to decide!

  9. Anonymous

    Hi Susan! Thank you for sharing these with us. How about horses??