Strings. Woodwinds. Brass. Percussion. Long ago the four families lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the percussion attacked. Only the conductor, master of all four families, could stop them. But when the orchestra needed him most, he vanished.
An activity I enjoy is called Milling to Music. It gets the students up and moving, reviewing information, or just getting to know each other better. I put on a CD (slow paced music) and I ask my students to pretend that they are slowly ice skating around in the room. When the music stops, they face the closest person (allow some time for this), and tell that person a piece of information, such as their favorite food. As soon as each of the children has had a chance to share, they stand back to back. The music goes on again, and the activity is repeated. You can ask that the class give each other an addition fact, name the main characters of a story you have just read, or tell the ways to make nouns plural that end in the consonant Y. The ideas are limitless.
You know when you see the school supplies commercials, it’s like the first sign that summer is over? This is something like that, haha. I’m going to be gone for 2 weeks to surf camp, I’ll be on to answer questions but I won’t be able to make content. (Sorry I’ve been slacking!)