we don't often use books but they do have some cute songs and the kids love it when we get to use them to sing a song! (plus the music reading skills are good) :)
1st time with books for 2nd graders... you may or may not be surprised to know there are so many things to learn about how to use a book in 2nd grade. (oh, that's half the room!)
2nd and 3rd graders are combined at one of my schools. I'm still not sure how to teach this group. these pictures are of them working on rhythm with toothpicks and cheerios. first, we all create the same rhythm and practice clapping it. then, they get to create their own and show me when they know how to 'perform' it. my principal walked in during this activity and it was surprisingly quiet and nearly all the kids were doing their work. i have some... interesting... kids in this class, so let's just say that moment was a miracle. she looked at me and smiled and said 'you are brave. very brave' haha!!
they can be crazy sometimes and i'm not really sure how things are going. we'll evaluate in a couple months.
but, pretty cute, huh?