If you are virtual, Seesaw can be a great tool for hearing students sing, having students respond to a lesson, and assessing! If you are in person, it can be a wonderful way to have students show you what they know, and then share that with parents. Instead of sending home worksheets, you can simply click a button to share with parents, and they can see right on their phone, ipad, or computer! To find out more, click here.If your classroom teachers already use Seesaw, it can be really seamless to start using in the music room, because students are already comfortable with it. This was my situation this year with Kindergarten.Here are three examples of Seesaw activities for Kindergarten, to help you brainstorm different ways to use Seesaw. If you want to add them to your library, sign up at the end of this post to receive the links!Thank you to Krista Wallden, Whimsy Clips, and Paula Kim Studio for the clip art in the images below!
Then, have them read the rhythm as you read the other rhythm. You won’t be able to hear them, but you’ll just have to trust that they are reading it correctly (as, if all microphones are off, it will sound very messy!)Then, you could have them read the other rhythm with you, and then identify which song it is. You might be able to use the chat to have students vote; if you are using Microsoft Teams, you can use Google Forms to have them vote on the song title!Then, everyone could sing “Naughty Kitty Cat.” Usually, there is a chasing game, but since we’re virtual, you’d have to adapt. Instead, maybe play a solo meow game. Change the cursor to a cat, like Katie Wardrobe describes in this blog post. Then, choose three students to unmute, and share your screen. When singing, point to the first student on the first “meow,” and have them meow. Do the same on the second rest with the second student, and the third rest for the third student! Then, repeat with three more students!Lastly, to play “Seven Jumps,” you could share your screen and show a video like this, of the dance. To do the dance together, students could walk in place, then do each motion by getting out of their chair and doing that motion!Looking for lesson plans which you could adapt for virtual? Check out these sets:
The piano links to this website, the bulletin board links to the Chrome Music Lab rhythm game, the cat links to bongo.cat, the ti-ti and ta white board links to this free game by Sillyomusic, and my Bitmoji links to a Peardeck asking students what their favorite song or activity from music class is.
I’ve seen some amazing virtual classrooms shared in Facebook groups recently…everything from a virtual classroom for “Carnival of the Animals,” in which students choose an animal and then watch a video for that piece, to a winter virtual classroom, with links to several winter-themed performances. You can be as creative as you want! Wanting to know more about creating your own virtual classroom? Check out this video by Katie Wardrobe from Midnight Music, which includes information about Google Slides and virtual classrooms, and this virtual classroom template by Glitter Meets Glue.
Are you excited about all of these ideas, but still worried about student participation with asynchronous lessons? Check out this blog post, about encouraging participation in asynchronous lessons.
I hope this is helpful to you, as you create your own asynchronous lessons. Happy teaching!
In a typical music lesson, students stand in a circle with hands held. One child is chosen to be the wolf and steps outside of the circle, and three students are chosen to be trees, and step inside the circle. After the song, all students ask, “Old Wolf, are you there?” The wolf might answer, “No, I’m brushing my teeth,” or “No, I’m reading a book.” The students sing again, and the wolf comes up with another answer. After the first, second, or third time through, the wolf says, “Yes!” and chases the children until he/she tags one. The students running away from the wolf can either touch a tree to be safe, or go to another safe zone, such as the chalkboard. The child who is tagged by the wolf also becomes a wolf, and the two wolves come up with an answer for “Old wolf, are you there?”This won’t work in a virtual or socially distanced classroom, though! In my virtual lessons, I use a wolf puppet, like the one found here (note: this is a referral link.) As we sing the song (with students’ microphones off), we dance! Then, at the end of the song, we freeze. Then, the wolf (whom I name Walter) turns around, and the students start dancing again. When Walter turns back around, all the students have to freeze again…and if they don’t, Walter calls one of them out!
Now, to put together in Nearpod, I first did a title page with a summary of what we’d do in the lesson, as well as a fun music GIF. I did this by creating a slide, and then formatting so there was a title and two boxes.On the next slide, I created a slide that had a title, a text box, and a place for a video. The text box explained what we’d do on the slide, and I inserted the video of Bow Wow Wow rhythm icons.I did the same for the second slide, but inserted the video of the rhythm for Bow Wow Wow, with ta, ti-ti, and rest.On the next slide, I inserted a text box and the video of me writing patterns with ta, ti-ti, and rest. The next slide was a “write it” slide. To create that, you go to “insert slide,” then choose “activity,” and choose “write it.” I asked students to copy a pattern that I had inserted. Students can use their mouse or finger to write the pattern.On the next slide, I also inserted a “write it” slide, and had students compose whatever pattern they wanted with ta, ti-ti, and rest!Next, I had a slide with a title, a text box, and a video of me singing “Naughty Kitty Cat.” Students could sing along and read the rhythm.On the next slide, I explained that since we were just singing about a cat, we were now going to listen to a song about a cat, called “Señor Don Gato.”Tim Bryrer, a colleague of mine from TRIKE (Tri-City Kodály Educators), has a wonderful YouTube channel with tons of songs. He and a friend made this fun video of “Señor Don Gato”: