Spooky Fun and Treats!

MusicplayOnline has many FUN activities for October. If you celebrate Halloween - or if you don't - there are fun activities for your students.  

The song Pumpkin Fat is fun for K-1.

It uses just so-mi, so it can be used to teach K students high-low and for Grade 1 can be used to teach that the higher sound is called so and the lower sound mi. A series of interactives help to teach/reinforce this.
Sing the Song Pumpkin Fat
Show Melody pumpkin fat
Pumpkin fat trace melody
For Kindergarten or Gr. 1 classes, the Pumpkin Fat singing game is a lot of fun!
Now, there's a trace and color worksheet to help students begin to write as well as read music notation.
trace notes pumpin fat

Model how to create the word rhythm with the interactive.

Halloween rondo

This is found in UNITS-Holidays-Halloween - Halloween Rondos
A new set of words has been written for the little song:
"Candy apples, oh, so sweet.
Give me something good to eat."

There are 3 ways to teach this lesson.
#1 - do this as a class using the interactive above. It's always a good idea to model first!
#2 - give the students a copy of the worksheet and have them write their treat choices in the box.

treat rondo worksheet

#3 - give the students a set of treat cards and have them create their own pattern with manipulatives.
I like to model with the interactive, then give students manipulatives (vs worksheet).

treat rondo cards
I put the creating cards into a ziplock bag or a white CD envelope and re-use the manipulatives each year.
Sing the simple song as the A section, then the student treat rhythms become the B, C, D sections.
You can have kids work together in small groups if you wish. 

Create a story with sound effects is a very popular Halloween/Spooky activity.

create a story with sound effects

You'll find all the sound effects in UNITS-Holidays-Halloween -Halloween Sound Effects.
There is a story that you can use as an exemplar.
Then, invite students, or groups of students to write their own stories.

Halloween/Spooky Songs, Singing Games Musicplay Pk-6

There are songs for October (Halloween/Spooky) in all grades.
Alternate words are given for any songs that say Halloween or witches.
We want to be inclusive so all students can participate!
26. Eensy Weensy spider
30. Little Miss Muffet
31. Spider on the Floor
33. Bony Skeletons
34. Criss Cross Applesauce
36. Five  Little Pumpkins (seasonal and Halloween)
31. October is Here
32. Pumpkin Stew
34. Brush Your Teeth
35. Halloween Looby Loo
36. Costume Fun
37. Pumpkin Fat
Grade 1:
27. Magic Spell - I Can Pretend
29. Bats and Cats
30. Monster Walk
Grade 2:
21. What's That Creature?
22. Birds and Bats
23, Pass the Witch's Broom
24. Witch's Stew - Icky Brew
25. Old Mother Witch
Grade 3:
20. Something's in my Closet
21. Skin and Bones
24. Pass the Broom
Grade 4:
21. Bats
25. There was an Old Witch
26.  Pass the Pumpkin
Listening:  Hobgoblin by Schumann
Grade 5:
18. Ghost of Tom
20. Skin and Bones
21. Lady in the Graveyard
Listening:  Hobgoblin by Schumann
Middle School
20. Dry Bones
24. Oh My Darling Frankenstein
You can earn PD by watching our webinar on Spooky Fun and Treats here

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