Peek at the Week Template Kits

I’ve blogged about my Peek at the Week before.  I use it to communicate with colleagues, administration, and parents about what we are working on in music.

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Our school is fortunate to have a weekly newsletter that is sent via email to all staff and parents so I can include a full color copy of my Peek at the Week and communicate that information.  I also post a copy on my school website.  It’s just a quick and easy visual for others to see what it is exactly we do in the music room.

I have created template sets so that my fellow teachers can easily create their own “Peek at the Week.”    There are four kits so teachers can customize to suit their needs.  They are based on the four different schedules/situations I’ve had in my career (which is a lot for 8 years of teaching.)

First, these grades are my current responsibility.

Peek at the Week Template: PreKindergarten-6th Grade.  Click Image to Go to Store.
Peek at the Week Template: PreKindergarten-6th Grade. Click Image to Go to Store.

This was my grade level span from my first three years of teaching.

Peek at the Week: Kindergarten- 6th Grade.  Click image to go to store.
Peek at the Week: Kindergarten- 6th Grade. Click image to go to store.

My second job was at two schools, one with Pre-K and one without, and they only went up to fifth grade.  Sixth grade was in middle school.

Peek at the Week: PreKindergarten- 5th Grade. Click image to go to Store
Peek at the Week: PreKindergarten- 5th Grade. Click image to go to Store
Peek at the Week: Kindergarten-5th Grade. Click image to go to Store.
Peek at the Week: Kindergarten-5th Grade. Click image to go to Store.

Each of the templates is available in the following file formats: pptx, ppt, and pdf. Each template is also available WITH and WITHOUT textboxes for easy editing.  There is also an example of one of mine filled in included.  Total 469 pages!

Each kit comes with 78 templates.  36 templates are holiday/season specific (Back to School, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter, Spring, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Summer).  The other 42 templates are color and pattern assorted so teachers can pick and choose what fits best in their environment.

Here is a sampling of some of the templates.

Peek at the Week Template

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Peek at the Week

Peek at the Week

Peek at the Week

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Terrific Transitions

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Little Miss Kindergarten is hosting a Linky Party for Terrific Transitions.  Click HERE to see more great ideas on transitions for your classroom!

I have to say, I have become a master at transitions.  Of course, when you only have kids for 30-45 minutes once a week, a lot of time will be wasted if there is even a question of what is expected.  We practice these transitions until they can practically do them with their eyes closed.  I may change it up every now and again just for fun but the expectation is always there.

I will also say that NONE of these ideas are original.  Even the closest ones are rooted in someone’s genius.  I’m just sharing what works for me in my experience.

Transition #1: Moving from Marching/dancing around the room to assigned seats

Upon entering the classroom, the students start marching.  A former colleague of mine…

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Five Favorite Pins of April

Five Favorite Pins of April

 

Aileen Miracle at Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room is hosting a Five Favorite Pins Linky Party so I’m linking up!

1.) Student Why U No?

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Seriously Friends……at least, write it down somewhere.  What’s worse is that everyone’s password in my room is “music” and they STILL ask me.  Sheesh!

2.) “Let it Go” on Classroom Instruments

let it go on classroom instrument

It’s so nice for students to see the instruments they know and are familiar with being played with songs they recognize.  Plus, it’s quite impressive!

3.) Behavior Management Signs

behavior signs

Phew!  These signs would have been helpful today in Kindergarten!  I had to remind students to listen and raise their hand so many times.  A nonverbal way would really be more effective.  TO-DO LIST HERE WE COME!

4.) Padlet

padlet

I think I’m in love with this web service.  It’s basically a piece of blank paper (which I already love) on the internet (which means I can get to whenever I need it).  I’m thinking this is going to revolutionize the way I keep my lesson files together.  There is even a calendar page…..I’m going to have to do a blog post just on this when I get it all going.

5.) Dress for the job you want

dress for the job you want

No explanation needed.

Thanks for reading and check out more favorite pins from you favorite blogging music teachers at Mrs. Miracles Music Room!

Credits for Header: Created by Aileen Miracle (Thanks to Jessica Weible for the chalkboard frame, Dancing Crayon Designs for the music note clip art, and Kimberly Geswein and Hello Literacy for the fonts.)

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Vocal Explorations in Stories

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I have really been inspired by telling stories through music and helping students make those connections.

The first set is (as shown above) Wonderland.  I like the natural movement of Down the Rabbit Hole and floating on the sea of tears.

Vocal explorations in Wonderland

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vocal explorations in wonderland

Of course, that spawned a trip to Neverland

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Students will love following the vocal pathways of the characters in flight as well as creating new pathways.

Vocal Explorations in Nevermind

Vocal explorations in neverland

And, finally, I traveled Over the Rainbow which is my niece Maya’s favorite story. (See HERE)

Vocal Explorations Over the Rainbow
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I gotta say, I truly think Glinda is the villain of this story.  I would be pretty upset if someone dropped a house on my sister and then stole her most prized possession.  I’m not saying the Wicked Witch of the West was a saint (I mean, wicked is in her title) but Glinda is a faker.  She asks Dorothy if she is could witch or bad witch AFTER saying only bad witches are ugly.  So, are you saying Dorothy is ugly?   Finally, if you know the answer all along, why put a child’s life in danger on her road to find it. ( see a detailed description of the conspiracy HERE)

vocal explorations over the rainbowSee, a pink bubble of deception.

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vocal explorations over the rainbow

Poor grieving sister……

I’m having a contest on my FB page.  Enter to win your choice between 9 Vocal Exploration Sets!  Good luck!

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Vocal Explorations in the Snow

So, I saw Frozen last week and I may be in love.  It was absolutely precious.  So, even though it is officially Spring, I created Vocal Explorations in the Snow.

I love using vocal explorations with my young singers.  They practice high/low, fast/slow, smooth/bouncy, and short/long while being silly.  They improvise and experiment with their voices.  They love it too.  Sometimes, I even do them with keyboard instruments for them to practice going up and down the keys while practicing the aforementioned skills.

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I created 14 pages with pathways and 14 without.

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elementary music vocal explorations winter snow

elementary music vocal explorations winter snow

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Music Makes Me a Smart Cookie Bulletin Board Kit

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I love cookies.  I love music.  So, here is a kit with cookies and music together.

The kit comes with everything seen here:

Music Makes me a (sized 8 1/2 x 11)

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SMART COOKIE letters (2 per page)

music elementary classroom bulletin board

Foil Background (though I would suggest using actual foil for the aesthetic)

elementary music classroom bulletin board

18 Cookies with pre-written benefits to music education

music classroom bulletin board elementary

music elementary classroom bulletin board

elementary music classroom bulletin board

A page for you or your students to create your own benefits to music education

music elementary classroom bulletin board

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this new kit.  You can find HERE.

Enjoy!

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Branching Out! Resources for the General Ed Teacher

So, I absolutely love teaching music and those who teach music but I know so many general ed teachers who like my stuff but it doesn’t really fit their classrooms so…….I’m branching out!

I started with this birthday set of posters and certificates.  I wanted to keep it simple.

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Happy Birthday cupcake set poster classroom

happy birthday cupcake poster classroom

 

 

Then, I decided to put together a bulletin board set for the general ed classroom.

Every Birdy is Welcome in general classroom bulletin board
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This is a preview up what the entire thing could look like though, really, it’s up to you.

Quiz: Who can identify the TV show where the names on the BB are from?

Every Birdy is Welcome general education classroom

I made center titles for Pre-K through 6th Grade.  If you are interest in it for the older grades, I can make you a title slide. ;)

every birdy is welcome bulletin board general education classroom

I made a border to go with it!  The border is about 4 in tall and the width of a standard piece of paper.  The beauty of it is, you can print what you need instead of running to the store (or running out at the last minute before school starts!)

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These are the individual birds to write students names on (or not, whatever).  There are four birds facing the side and four birds facing up.  There are four to a page.

Anyway, hopefully, you see something you like!  Thanks for reading!

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Update on I Give a Hoot About Music Bulletin Board Kit

 

 

So, I found some adorable clip-art from GiftSeasonStore on Etsy so I updated the I Give a Hoot About Music bulletin board kit with these images.  I left the current file and added these images to the file so those who already bought it can choose to keep the previous images or use the new ones and new purchasers can also choose their preference.  These are just so cute!!

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music classroom elementary bulletin board kit

 

bulletin board kit music elementary classroom

 

music classroom elementary bulletin board kitEnjoy!

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New Posters and a FREEBIE!

Before I opened my Teaches Pay Teachers Store, I was making posters and things for my classroom and sharing them on my blog with no regard for copyright or giving credit to creators.  I figured since my creations were created using freebies I downloaded (and anyone could download) and I wasn’t making any money from them.

Anyway, for use in my store, I had to upgrade to commercial elements and fonts and that’s why you are seeing some recreations of previously created products.

This first one I recreated because I super love students being able to walk through the process of reading (and sight-reading) on their own.  I mean, that’s out ultimate goal right? For students to make and create music on their own?

Anyway, here is the redo of “How to Read Music.”

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This next one is close to my heart.  You get what you get and you APPRECIATE it.  Some teachers encourage the students to think of their classroom as a home and blah, blah, blah BUT I don’t.  I am welcoming to my students (of course!) but I let them know they are in my space.  When we use crayons, I remind them that I am sharing MY crayons with them and they need to share with others.  When the leave the classroom, I remind them they need to pick up MY classroom.  I won’t get on a soapbox, but, I haven’t been immune to the feeling of entitlement some students feel.  Part of my job as a teacher is to not only teach my subject matter but also build the character of my students.

ANYWAY, rant over.  Here is the poster set (both are included due to preference):

classroom poster
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This is one just makes me happy.  My nieces used to sing this song and music lyrics have always spoken to me (See post: Songs That Improve My Mood)

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And finally….

This Forever Freebie is in honor of my 100 Followers on Teachers Pay Teachers!!!  I truly didn’t understand this concept when I first became a teacher but now I’ve seen some many different students and realized the truth behind that statement. I think it would have boggled my mind if I had realized that my first couple years teaching.  Ha!  If being charged with the education and development of the future generation wasn’t enough, add to it every single child behind different.  Education is not like an assembly line.  Okay, yikes!  Rant over!  Sheesh…..I can riled up at a moment’s notice over here!

Enjoy! And, if you’re not already following my on Teachers Pay Teachers, please click the follow button after you download!

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I Give a HOOT About Music: Advocacy Month and a New Bulletin Board

March is Music In Our Schools Month and I’ve been late to the game.  Well, I’ll rephrase that, my store has been late to the game.  I’ve had these ideas that sit in wait until I can get down to creating and sometimes my real job gets in the way of my creating…..nevermind, I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  Ha!  Creating is just so much fun though!!

At my campus, I asked each teacher to send me their personal musical histories (i.e. band, piano lessons, choir) and made 30 second mini videos with the facts for students to guess which teach.  There is one each day and it airs on the morning announcements. I’ve had a great response from both the teachers and students.  What’s funny is the kids keep thinking each one is me and are surprised when it’s someone else.  The idea is for them to see that music doesn’t start and end with me.

Anyway, this bulletin board kit (and bunting add-on) was inspired by how wonderful music is and how beneficial the study of music is.

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This is the header image with the title.  There is also a banner below but it is sold separately.

Hoots About Music Bulletin Board KitHoots About Music Bulletin Board KitHoots About Music Bulletin Board KitThis is just a sample of the fun benefits of music.  I wrote them in first person so students could read them to themselves (like affirmations).  There is a total of 14 half page sentences.

Hoots About Music Bulletin board kit

This is an add-on included in the file for students to write the benefits of music in their own words.

Hoots About music bulletin board bunting

hoots about music bulletin board bunting This bunting banner is sold separately (for now).  The top image is what the whole thing looks like put together.  The bottom is an example of each individual piece.  There are two on a page so that gives you an idea on the size.  The owls were just so cute.  I couldn’t resist.

Credits:
The owls are used with permission from PrettyGrafik
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lementary Dots Font, Scribble Font, backgrounds, and frames from Lovin’ Lit

Enjoy!

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