Monday, January 30, 2017

Celebrate Music with these Great Americans! Bulletin Board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board



With February being Black History Month, I wanted to create a bulletin board highlighting musicians and came up with the title "Celebrate music with these great Americans!"  It was hard to narrow the selection of who to include, so I think I will switch out some names halfway through the month (they won't all fit on my bulletin board at one time...).

I printed out the "condensed" file, trimmed and laminated each half sheet, and then attached them to a folded piece of colored paper.  If you'd rather save some steps, just print out the "double sided" file, fold each page in half, and you're ready to staple them to the bulletin board!

For each musician, I included their name and picture on the front and then their name/nickname, dates, instrument, profession, genre, and one famous title when you lift up the flap.

Here are the 24 musicians included (feel free to add your own):
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Chuck Berry
  • James Brown 
  • Regina Carter
  • Nat King Cole
  • John Coltrane
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Billie Holiday
  • Scott Joplin
  • B.B. King
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Jelly Roll Morton
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Charlie Parker
  • Florence Beatrice Price
  • Bessie Smith
  • William Grant Still 
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Fats Waller

Celebrate music with these great Americans--heading

Names, pictures, and trivia (condensed)

Names, pictures, and trivia (print double sided)

Enjoy!


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board


Black History Month: Celebrate music with these great Americans! bulletin board



Monday, January 16, 2017

String Fest Reflection Letters



String Fest concert reflection letter

Our annual district-wide String Fest field trip and concert is done for another year!  Instead of having students write up a reflection sheet to share their thoughts about their experience, this year elementary orchestra students wrote letters to the middle and high school orchestra students.  They answered essentially the same questions I would have asked them anyway, but this way they were able to communicate with students they performed alongside last week.  We took a large chunk of time during full orchestra to write letters, and I graded them based on how many questions were responded to in the letter.  Next, I sent them to our middle and high school teachers to distribute to their students.  Hoping we'll get a response!  Students really got into this writing assignment because they knew they were writing to real people--some even addressed their letter to an older sibling or neighbor in orchestra :)



String Fest concert reflection letter


String Fest concert reflection letter


String Fest concert reflection letter

String Fest concert reflection letter

Monday, January 2, 2017

Inspirational Quotes for the New Year Bulletin Board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Happy New Year! For my first bulletin board of 2017, I displayed four inspirational quotes with images of fireworks.  For the two shorter quotes, I used my mom's Cricut to cut out the large letters, and then I just printed out the longer quotes.  A few colorful markers brightened up the fireworks, and then colored borders matched each quote to its author.

Quotes included:

"Whatever you are, be a good one."
—Abraham Lincoln

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
—Oscar Wilde

"The expert in anything was once a beginner."
—Helen Hayes

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
—A.A. Milne


Happy 2017!

Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board


Inspirational quotes, New Year's bulletin board