I have throughly enjoyed taking a two week break from blogging, I have found myself itching to restart though and glad to be back on a regular schedule! In the two weeks I’ve been offline I have been going low tech in hopes to create a plan B resource for when technology fails, because we all know you will have those times when your WiFi is the only WiFi that goes down in the building in the middle of a lesson on computers!
While on Pinterest one day I came across a few pins on the subject of Lapbooks. A lapbook as defined by Wikipedia as: a type of single-subject book created by a student, generally as a supplement to a curriculum. Lapbooks are normally found in a homeschool environment but are becoming more widely used in public schools. I took this idea and running with the goal of creating a go to low tech resource for my students I created a Q Book. My version of a lapbook that uses mostly resources from www.Quavermusic.com and supplementing some resources from http://www.123homeschool4me.com and my own creations. Why did I call these Q Books? I’m a Quaver Teacher, its how I roll ;-).
I have a full class set of 25 of these folders fully created, each with the same resources so every student gets their own. Each folder itself is constructed of heavy card stock and in order to decorate each cover somewhat the same I turned to paint pens and a Quaver Q stamp I made myself out of wood and sticky back foam sheets. Inside each folder is currently 10 different objects the students can use for a variety of activities ranging from flash cards to laminated keyboard practice sheets. 6 of the resources are from the Quaver site, 1 is from 123homeschool4me and 3 I created. The great part about these folders is I can constantly add more to them whenever the need arises!
Here is what I included:
These are the smaller pieces in the folder. I took a ziploc baggie and stapled it to the folder itself to hold these items. Inside the bag are 2 sets of Solfedge flashcards I made for students to practice with independently or with a partner. They could make patterns or just show each other a card and have an Orff instrument in front of them to test the pitch. I also have laminated red and green cards for students to put out to show me if they are good to go and are green or if they need assistance so they put out the red. Last, I have a set of rhythm flashcards found in the Quaver Duration classroom for students to practice composing and reading rhythms.
The next 2 things are two different flashcards that I hole punched together and using a brad, attached to the folder itself. The first set is another set of rhythm cards from the 123homeschool4me site for students to practice saying longer rhythms and maybe to start them into rhythmic notation where I would clap/play a rhythm and they would have to show the correct one on the set to me. (Assessment! Yay!) The second set is from the Quaver Dynamics classroom. I teach dynamic symbols in my upper grades and I thought these would be killer for a listening activity and mapping dynamics on a longer piece.
What CAN’T you use a laminated piece of staff paper for? I’m still looking for the right dry erase markers to include in these folders but every student having this in front of them is going to be so helpful when talking about composition and allowing them to practice the basics themselves while we are talking about it.
This is the Sweet 16th Note worksheet from the Quaver Duration Classroom. I talk about how a note is divided all the time. Every time I have this discussion in my room I can see some lightbulbs appear over some heads. I liked this visual and had to include it.
This is the Make That Rhythm worksheet from the Quaver Rhythm Classroom. This is laminated for lots of practice. When I start talking about making rhythms with my students I use dots instead of notes. I find they grasp the concept better because they only have to worry about the dots and not the note names.
I’m a Keyboard Player worksheet from the Quaver Middle C and GrandStaff Classroom! My students are constantly asking for piano lessons but I only have 1 piano! I felt this could be a great independent filler activity and fantastic practice so they can bring a song right to the piano.
I got very much into using Solfedge signs with all my grades this past year. Including this was a big must. It will be great for practice.
This is the back of the folder! Remember those flash cards? I drew a measure ruler for students to use when composing with those cards! A 4 measure rhythm? Yes please!
So that is my brand new low tech resource I am so proud of. I hope to come up with more things to add to them during the school year as the need arises, right now all that is missing from these are dry erase markers and possibly a magazine rack to store all of them in. I’m sure you’re probably thinking now, so when are those links coming? I want to print these out and try it! Well, 123homeschool4me.com has a GREAT lapbook resource for music so you can grab those duration cards. Have a Quaver music account? Go and grab them! You need to purchase the Quaver Classrooms mentioned in this post in order to use the printables. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on them!
What would you add to these books? Share your ideas! I’m looking for more to include in these Q Books!