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Funny Thanksgiving Food – B&W and Color

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Funny Thanksgiving Food Bundle

Maybe some of you are taking a trip on Thanksgiving, and want something to keep your children busy when they get tired of movies and computer games. There are also some home school Moms who can use this in a music lesson next week.

The printables I’m posting today are old, so if you have been following my blog for a while, you recognize them. After one reader alerted me on Facebook that the link was wrong in my Thanksgiving Round Up post, I decided to freshen them up and put them all together in one PDF for you. There are two versions, one for learning piano keys, and the other has the easier notes around middle C on the staff. Each one comes in B&W and color.

The pages in color were not meant to be printed out, but to be used on an iPad or Android. There are several child-friendly PDF annotating apps you can download for your device, such as Skitch, Jot, and Good Notes

However, if you want to print the color versions out, I suggest you print out just one copy of each. Put them into sheet protectors, and store them in a binder. Use page dividers to keep all the different printables organized, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Rhythm, etc. Use a dry erase marker on the printables, and you can use them over and over. If you leave the writing on the page too long it will not erase very well, so be sure to erase the marks before the end of the day. I got this tip from a teacher’s comment on my blog, and I think it’s a great way to save ink!

For those of you who do not know print out just one page of a PDF document, take at look at my FAQ here. Scroll down the page to find “How to Print on Both Sides of Flash Cards.” I give instructions on how to print just one page. If you want to know how to use Jot on your iPad, I wrote a tutorial here.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for the Jot tutorial, and I bought the Jot app myself. The free version of Jot will not work for this purpose. However, Skitch and the free version of Good Notes will work. If you want to save more than a couple of files on Good Notes, you will have to get the paid version. Skitch is a useful free app.

The black and white version is also fun to color on the iPad if you work one-on-one with a preschool child. If you find these iPad worksheets helpful, and want more, let me know!

 

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Thanksgiving Bingo for Beginning Students

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Thanksgiving Day Bingo

What do you do about piano lessons the week of Thanksgiving? I like to have a group lesson on Monday of that week, instead of their regular lesson.  And every year I try to make a new game as well as play some old favorites.

The game I am posting today is for beginners and first to second year students. I decided that since my group lessons usually have different levels of students, I would make bingo boards just for the younger ones who may still be in the pre-reading stage, but also include boards for students who can read music.  The first 2 pages of cards (4 game boards) do not have notes on the staff, but piano keys instead.

Sometimes I like to keep the easy cards separate from the harder cards, so for this game I printed the easier calling cards on different colored card stock. That way I can draw the easy cards for the younger students. The music symbols in all the cards are basic, but the second set does have a few more challenging terms as well as notes on the staff.

Don’t worry if your beginners don’t know all of the symbols. Help them out while they play, and they will learn them. Children learn a lot faster in a game than on a page of a method book!

I had fun making this game. I hope your students enjoy it! 

Material

  • White card stock
  • Optional: 2 different colors of card stock for the calling cards
  • Bingo tokens, enough for all the students to cover their game board
  • A bowl or other container for the calling cards

Directions

  • Print and cut out the bingo boards you want to use.
  • Print and cut out the teacher calling cards. Optional: print each set of calling cards on different colored card stock.
  • Give each student a bingo board, or let students share cards and play in teams.
  • Place all the calling cards in a bowl. The teacher draws a card and calls out the letter on the card and the symbol.
  • If a students has that symbol under the correct letter, D, A, or Y, he covers the square with a bingo token.
  • The first player to cover 3 in a row is the winner.
  • Students also like to play “black out”, where the first student to cover all their squares is the winner.

Objectives

  • To introduce new musical notes, symbols,  and terms
  • To reinforce musical symbols

Why I like this game

  • Students love Bingo
  • With only 9 squares, this is a very fast bingo game
  • Even beginning students can play

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Search and Find Bass G

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Search and Find Bass G

Well, I’m getting to the end of this series, and I have to say I am running out of ways to say the same thing. So please bear with me as I repeat the same thing!

This is the eighth printable in a series of “Search and Find” games. I have already posted Search and Find Middle CSearch and Find DSearch and Find E,  Search and Find F, and Search and Find (treble) GSearch and Find bass A, and Search and Find Bass B.  Rather than post the directions and objectives again, new readers can go here for Search and Find C and read up on how to play.

Coming up this week I will post the last Search and Find, and the really easy 2 note song for the note B.

 

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Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A!

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Alligator, Alligator, All You Play is A

I struggled with a poem to go with my alligator drawing. It was so much effort to draw Mr. Alligator that I guess I had nothing left for the poem. Also, I wanted a very easy melody with lots of A’s; something that a 5-year-old can sight-read.

And then, when I was least expecting it, the words and melody came to me. “Alligator, alligator, all you play is A. Can’t you find another note to play for us today?” Even the older brother loves the poem. One of these days I might recycle my poem into a more interesting melody! 

My student wanted to know if all the alligator can play is A, why are there three notes in the song. Students and their questions! I told him he was smarter than an alligator, so he can play more notes. He had never played bass F and G, but since we are using the Notey Noteheads cards, it was not a problem for him. It’s all about learning to read by intervals.

The teacher duet was confusing to play along with. So if I were you, I would not use the duet until your students can play the song confidently. The eighth note rhythm is the problem, so try just playing quarter notes if your student has trouble.

If you are new to this blog, this song is part of a set of pieces I am writing that feature a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. Please read up on it hereD is for Doughnut. Other songs I have already posted are  E is for Elephant,  Pat the Cat’s Patting Song, Frogs Wearing Flip Flops and G is for Giraffe.  These are all free as my gift to the piano teaching community, and I hope your students enjoy them! Yes, I am making a Search and Find for this A, so check back later.

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A Game to Learn Treble E

Search and Find E

Search and Find E

This is the third  in a series of “Search and Find” games. A few days ago I posted Search and Find Middle C and Search and Find D. Today’s game is E, featuring an elephant who loves to eat anything yummy.

This game is for young beginners who are just starting to learn notes on the staff.  I made this game to go along with the song Elephants Are Eating (which has more than one note, thankfully!)  To play the game, give the student some bingo tokens, such as the one that go with a magnetic bingo chips wand. I am working on a song for G and the rest of the Search and Find Games. I’ll post them in the next week or so as I get them ready and try them out with my students.  If you enjoy my blog and use Facebook, please “like” my page, Susan Paradis’ Piano Teaching Resources. Thanks!

Material

  • Search and Find E (free printable from my website)
  • Magnetic bingo chips to use with a magnetic wand, or other game tokens you have on hand

Directions

  • Print the game board
  • Place bingo chips next to the game board
  • Instruct the student to find and cover all the E’s

Directions for other ways to use the game

  • Play using a timer and make it a game to see how fast the student can cover the  D’s.
  • Laminate the game board or place into a sheet protector and let the students circle the E’s with a dry erase marker.
  • Print a copy for the student’s binder and ask the student to circle all the E’s with their favorite color crayon.
  • Hand the student note flash cards (such as the Fly Flash Cards) one at time. If the card is a E, they cover it with a bingo chip. After they see the card, they give it back so you will have enough E’s to cover them all.

Objectives

  • To learn how to visually identify middle E on the staff
  • To improve fine motor skills in the fingers by picking up the small game tokens

Ages

  • Preschool and early elementary ages

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