Monthly Archives: May 2017

A Picture Book of Possibilities


A Picture Book of Possibilities

This week, rather than giving you a lesson plan, I’m sending you to a picture book that is full of possibilities for springtime fun. When I was in the classroom, I would use this picture book every May with the classes that I team taught with Jenny Burnett, a wonderful dance teacher. Jenny and I are in the beginning stages of creating materials for early childhood music and movement classes that will be packaged under the Playful Pathways product line. We thought you might like to play with Up, Down, and Around during these last few weeks of school. 



Roger Sams 

Director of Publications

The Count

The Count is a concentration exercise –  a group activity – that I used with my student ensembles in the last few minutes before going on stage for a performance. It is a very useful th…

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Free Lesson Plan

Free Lesson Plan
In honor of Earth Day Roger Sams, our Director of Publications, wrote a simple round today, One Big Beautiful Earth, that you can use as a one-class lesson with your middle to upper elementary students. He’s given you some suggestions for how to extend the lesson with student created word chains (speech ostinati). We hope you enjoy inspiring your students to have a responsible attitude about caring for our beautiful planet.



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