Fun with Frogs: Fingers and Hands
A teacher emailed me the other day asking if I have anything on my site for new students to use during the summer.
Well, it just so happens I have a young student who will be starting lessons this fall. So I have been working on a giant bundle of kindergarten through 2nd grade fun sheets. They can by use by students before they begin lessons or at their lessons. All of these lessons use a frog theme. I’ve used Mr. Frog before, but this time I’m adding a lot more. My goal is to touch on everything a new student learns in the first few lessons, as well as some note practice for students who need it.
My young students love Mr. Frog and his friends Miss Frog and Freddy. The frogies love to hang around their pond in flip-flops and practice stepping and skipping on the lily pads. They travel, too. They were recently seen in the English countryside, where they were busy working on UK versions of their rhythm sheets. They have finally learned crochets and minims, but they are a little confused about demisemiquavers!
You might notice that I’ve posted some of these previously. However, they have all been updated with new matching fonts and in some cases, I drew new art. I tried to minimize the ink but still keep them cute. I’ve used red for the right hand and blue for the left hand.
Today I am posting the first 4 pages, which focus on finger numbers. Here are a few ways to use them:
- Email them to your student’s Mom so she can work on these during the summer.
- Use them at with as a Frog theme for summer lessons.
- Use them at summer music camps.
- Use on an iPad or mobile tablet.
If you think of any other ways, let me know!
I plan to post more frog related activities including the UK rhythm ones, so stay tuned!
Blackberry Sherbet Rhythm
When I was growing up, summers for me always meant going blackberry picking. We would wear long sleeves and gloves to keep the thorns from hurting and we would bring along all our dogs to “chase the snakes away.” The dogs must have done their job because I never saw a snake, and we were always deep in the woods. The best part that made it all worth while was blackberry pie. I wish I knew where I could pick wild blackberries in Texas because they really do make better pies than the cultivated ones!
I tried to draw a blackberry pie image for this worksheet but it didn’t look very much like summer, so I decided a cool, delicious blackberry sherbet would be fun.
Blackberry Sherbet Rhythm is a worksheet to review dotted quarter notes in 4 meter. It is a little different from the last one I posted where students only add bar lines. In order to be more age appropriate, this one also has students adding missing notes and time signatures. It is a good review for theory exams.
The best way to teach dotted quarter notes is to show how the dotted note equals 3 eighth notes tied together. It always needs an 8th note (or anything that equals an 8th note) to be complete in 4 meter. If students are having trouble, I get out my handy Rhythm Pizza and show them or even the Rhythm in the Grid printable. (These two are pretty old, so if you can’t download them, email me.) Then they need a lot of practice tapping and saying it. I use the Kodaly syllables “tum-ti” but there are many more.
On an older post I have links to all the Summer Treats material I’ve posted so far in case you want to bundle them all up. Here is the link.
My students are using the color version on my iPad. If you want to save ink, print one and put it in a clear sheet protector and use a dry erase marker. Store all the worksheets in a binder. I also included a black and white version if you need to save ink.
Candy Bar Lines
Here is another worksheet with the “Summer Treats” theme. This is for a student who has learned eighth notes and needs some reinforcement in counting. I also made a black and white version that students can color, but this time it’s on the second page of the file. If you are not sure how to print one page from a multi page PDF document, check out my FAQ for a tutorial.
I also have in my files some more add the bar lines worksheets with dotted notes and sixteenth notes that I will add when I have time.
On my worksheet post last week I have links to all the Summer Treats material I’ve posted so far. Here is the link. I also have a UK page.
I thought I’d give this a try on my iPad to show you how it looks.