Bead Counting

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I saw this activity being used in another kindergarten classroom recently and thought it was a great idea for a variety of math activities.  They cut some holes in card stock then put beads on pipe cleaners which were fed through the holes and bent on the back to keep them secure. The students can easily move the coloured beads.  A simple version of an old idea.



Body Percussion

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In this activity my students were asked to cut out the body percussion squares which represented specific sounds.  These were: snapping with your fingers, clapping with your hands, stomping with your feet and tapping your knee with your hand.  Then students were asked to glue their 16 squares onto the song page in which ever order they chose.  It could be a pattern or just random.  Next they practiced “playing” their body percussion song and also traded with others to play their songs.  Finally, each student performed their song in front of the class.  They loved being song writers and performers.



Every Noise At Once

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A colleague passed along this web site which lists every type of music around the world including the various artists and their songs.  It is really quite incredible.