Here is a simple Halloween card you can give to your students next week. All you have to do is print it on card stock and cut out. Then, using a ruler as a guide, cut the 2 light-colored lines on the cards with a craft knife. These slits will be where you will insert a pencil. I found these easy to cut out because there are no little tiny bits to cut around!
I’ve found I can buy very inexpensive holiday pencils at nearby dollar stores. The ones I’m using are 12 pencils for a dollar.
Alternately, you can insert a lollipop or a glow stick which can also be found in packs at dollar stores. You can also tape on a piece of candy.
If you use the free pre-reading and on-the-staff Halloween and Fall music I’ve posted over the years for beginners, you will recognize the art. Your young students will enjoy figuring out which songs the art goes with.
If you or your students prefer Autumn related activities, below is a link to some fall-themed bookmarks I posted previously. If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you will recognize them. In the past, I have written a short message and taped some candy on the back. There are four bookmarks on the page and with all straight lines, they are easy to cut out with a paper-cutter.
Click on each one for the link or find all Autumn and Halloween material including future updates here.
Learn Piano Keys
Fun Fall Game
Halloween Note Game
Halloween Rhythm Game
Fall Composing Activity
Construct Key Signatures
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 on the worksheet page. Students really like memory matching games.
Binder Covers 2016
It was a year ago that I made my first “editable” PDF document, in the form of a binder cover. I think teachers liked it, so I made one for this year, too. I use them for my own students, and I want to share them with you again.
You might notice these have the same design as the calendar I posted a few weeks ago. I put them on the front and back of my students’ binders. All of the students get the calendar, but my younger students get the staff with notes and the older ones get the key signature chart.
There are 2 pages in the file I’m posting. Only the first page is editable, fillable, or whatever I should call it! Every time I see editable, I think edible and get hungry! 🙂
Being editable means you can personalize it with your own text. There are 2 places on the page you can personalize by printing any text that will fit into the space. Instead of “Piano Binder” you could type “My Music Notebook” or whatever fits.
Only want one of the 2 pages in the file? I explain how to print only one page in my frequently asked questions.
- Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you use to print all of my material.)
- On the first page, click your mouse about 2″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Jonathan.)
- A light blue text field box with a blinking cursor in the middle will show up where you should type. The blue box will not show up when printed!
- Type your text in the box, adjusting your wording to fit.
- Repeat about 9.5″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Piano Binder.) Type text in this box also.
- I formatted the blue text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.
Can’t open the PDF files? Check out my frequently asked questions from the menu bar above. Teachers have reported problems with the Windows 10 Edge browser and use Chrome or Explorer instead.
Don’t like orange? You can always use last year’s blue binder covers.