Having difficulties getting students to raise their hand before speaking or shouting out an answer? Want to give kids something to do with their hands when speaking? Want to help children with their hand eye coordination? Want to throw something at students during class???!!! Well, I have just the thing!
For the past two years, I have been using a koosh ball in my music classroom to toss to children raising their hand to answer a question asked by me. The desire to get the koosh ball motivates even students with constant shouting out problems (and we all know who those kiddos are!) to raise their hand and wait patiently. After answering the question, they toss the koosh ball back to me.
Of course, there are rules. For example, if students begin just raising their hands to get the koosh ball, saying “I don’t know” and throwing it back, then no more koosh ball. I only have this every once and awhile, surprisingly. Also, there is no overhand, super hard throws. Next, only students seated appropriately, quietly and raising their hand will get thrown the koosh ball. Lastly, I will say the students name or make contact with the student before throwing the koosh ball. If another student purposely intercepts, the interceptor will lose their koosh ball priviledges. If the ball gets thrown wildly and goes to a neighboring child, they can catch it. I define intercepting as reaching in front of another student to catch the koosh ball that was clearly on the way to the correct student.
Having a koosh ball in your room is fun and motivational. Try it! I just ordered some new ones from www.toywiz.com. Oh, and please make sure you bleach and sanitize the koosh ball periodically. It will collect dirt and germs!!
“My Big Event” Improvisation Game: Want a fun improvisation activity to do with your older students after returning from summer break?
Decorate!: Need some decorating ideas or themes?
Newest Ebay Puppet: Want to see more about puppets?
If any of these topics intrigue you, click here to go to the three posts from July 2010.
Here are some new music tote bag designs my mom is making on ETSY! You can find out more information about her site below the photos and at www.rosegardenembroidery.etsy.com!
If you are looking for a cute, handmade music gift, please check out my mom’s etsy site at www.rosegardenembroidery.etsy.com. You may be looking for a piano lesson bag for your daughter, a gift for a teacher or a tote to hold your school materials in. If so, my mom has the perfect thing! Feel free to look at other handmade items while you are there! She has fast shipping. Also, she will usually convo you back within the day and her items are all under $20! She also does custom orders.
Want to know more about using puppets in your classroom? How about the fabulous and amazing Lynn Kleiner and her music teacher resources? Interested in using a parachute in your music class this year? Well, if so, check on the June 2010 posts by clicking here!
This year, I dove into Artie Almeida’s Mallet Madness, which is a fantastic resource that pairs classroom instruments with literature. This coming school year, along with Mallet Madness, I will be purchasing and frequently using Mallet Madness Strikes Again! If you are interested in ordering this book, it is available at many online music stores. If you just purchase this resource without the supplemental literature, you will be able to use about half the lessons and activities. But there is a great deal if you look on some music sites – you can purchase Mallet Madness Strikes Again! AND the literature that goes with it for a fabulous price ($118 at West Music)! Check it out! I already wrote a PO to purchase it!
At a recently attended workshop, district music teachers and I performed several activities and books from MMSA! and LOVED IT! If we as teachers love it, then we know our kids will go bananas over it! I REALLY love The Aliens Are Coming and Build a Burrito (multi-cultural, in both English and Spanish). We breezed through a couple others that were awesome as well.
If you have the instruments and resources available, get this fabulous resource and use it! You won’t regret it!