Join me in making some doodles! Take a picture of what you draw and post it in the comments. I’d love to see what kind of retro-style animals you come up with.
Tonight’s the night! Invite a friend and join Ms. Y. and her big band for a SWING dance party! In our music history lessons, we go waaaay back to the 1940s when music was live and swinging. We watched swing dancers killing it on the dance floor and got “In The Mood” by learning about bandleaders like Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. We also learned that dancers would “swing” their partners around so fast, it’s like they were going back and forth on a swing.
We pretended that we were going to host a swing dance party and decided to make posters and invitations to tell our friends to come. Back then, things were in black and white, so to put things fully into perspective, I only passed out black and gray colored pencils to make our designs. This is one of those lessons where I made a clipart sheet of images I found on the Internet for students to cut and paste.
Once we chose the pictures we liked, we cut them out, arranged them onto another sheet of paper, and glued them down. Then we filled in extra designs and words with black or gray colored pencils. We’re learning what music notes look like, so of course we added some of those.
We love dancing! There’s no better way to see some amazing moves, crazy costumes, and hear some funky music than watching Soul Train. We had our own dance party with this activity in which we made a dance floor of our own.
This activity can be done with colored pencils, crayons, or thin markers.
Each student gets one pre-made pipe cleaner person to trace multiple times. If you’d like your students to make their own pipe cleaner person, follow this simple guide from Pipecleaner Crafts for Kids:
Put the person in a fun dancing position and trace. Next, make the pipe cleaner person do something else, and trace again somewhere else on the page. Do this again and again until the dancefloor is full. Then color cool outfits, crazy hairdos, funky shoes, and wild jewelry.
Swing your arms, lift your leg, bend your knee, go left, go right, do the splits… showcase moves in every which direction and express yourself with hair styles, fun shoes, and added accessories. Kindergarteners loved this project, and so will older students. Add sparkles and designs in the background and color the letters too.
My kindergarteners already know the song I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett, but this week, they learned the story behind who sings it. They learned that not everyone thought girls could play rock n roll music, but a certain fierce female showed them! Joan was in an all-girl band called The Runaways when she was a teenager. It seemed like they were always fighting, and Joan was the one who took the music the most seriously. So she went out on her own and not only started a band, but she made her own music label. She was told NO so many times, she decided to do it all herself. And we love her for it!
As we listened to I Love Rock n Roll, we listened for her to sing, “Owwww” and “Weeeooowwww,” the way a lion would yell out a, “Rawr!” We also drew her hair flying because she would just feel the music and let it all out.