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How do I plan a fun and musical activity for my students when their substitute teacher may not want to do anything musical at all? Here are a couple ideas that I’m still working on, but wanted to share. Please PLEASE email me with ideas or worksheets that you love, ideas to pursue, or how you might change or modify to make things easier. This is still a huge work in progress!
#1 Composition Worksheets
“Have students fill out the paper composition worksheets. This should take 10-20 minutes (or maybe more). Students need to use the notes provided to create rhythm patterns in the space provided. If they get done early have them turn the sheet over and compose on the back. If they need help have them find someone in their instrument family to help them. Sheets should be turned in to you at the end of the composition time. If there is extra time at the end have them watch a portion of “STOMP Out Loud” on DVD.”
I left a note asking the sub to tell me if the partnering and helping went well or if that technique flopped. I know that some students are more apt to step up and help than others, but I’d love to get a recap of how things went. Of course, I didn’t hear anything from the sub about how it went over… sigh. But judging from their work, I still think the activity went all right.
You can see that some of my students did really well and some had some issues. If nothing else, this activity gives me good data on who needs refreshing, who can do it on their own (or with student help), and what major issues all students might be having.
#2 Musical Books for Interactive Read alouds
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
Pete the Cat – Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
Eency Weency Spider by Joanne Oppenheim
#3 Emergency substitute binder -- The red binder!
- Cover page – basic info
- Daily Schedule
- How to contact the office
- Where to find remotes and technology
- What other teachers are close by that the sub can turn to for help
- My policy on instruments
- Evacuation/Shelter/Intruder Policies and where to go/what to do
Then basic ideas about lessons. What you can do if you are a music person. What you can do if you’re not a music person. What DVDs/Videos are available if you want to/need to show them. Etc. For those musically inclined subs, I have all the songs that we’ve covered in Quarter 1 (or wherever we are in the year) in case they want to go back and rehash and have a little sing-along.
I separate the class rosters by grade level so that the sub can quickly find students. I highlight the names of students who are good helpers so that the sub knows who to turn to. I try an add grade level appropriate worksheets/coloring sheets/activity sheets that ANYONE could copy and pass out to students in case the sub only feels comfortable with that sort of lesson. On the back of the binder I put my daily schedule with teacher names and grades. The sub binder is red and easy to find on my shelf!