Thursday, December 29, 2011


As you can tell, I enjoy connecting children's literature with my music lessons.  It serves so many purposes and I'm happy to support my colleagues by reinforcing reading concepts like phonics, story retelling, chunking, etc.  I've always been jealous of teachers who have the ability differentiate there instruction with file folder activities.  (Of course, teachers have them readily available to purchase, whereas us music educators make EVERYTHING!) Students who have already mastered a skill or students who need to reinforce a concept, can run to the back of the classroom and do the file folder activity.  When they are finished, they show you before they place the pieces back in the bag so that you can do a quick assessment.  I'm working on making file folder activities for my music room.  It's going to be a long work-in-progress, but I'm excited to dive in!  Please let me know what you think by commenting below, liking it, or pinning it on pinterest.  Thanks!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
3 Rhythm matching activities in one folder!
The pieces are mini-craft sticks and free downloaded printables from

Here's what the empty folder looks like.  Game one: Match rhythm sticks to each picture.

Here's what that will look like when you are finished.

Game two: Match words to rhythms.  This is also cross curricular as it asks the student to read the words and decipher how many syllables it has to match it to the correct rhythm.  The word descriptions can be placed in the rhythm pockets.

Game Three: Match the picture to the rhythm.  Again cross curricular as they have to see the picture, say the words, and place the picture with the correct rhythm.
Studnets can also place the pictures into the correct rhythm pockets.

Thanks for checking it out!  Let me know what you think! 


  1. Just ran across your blog for the first time and glad I did! I really love this little game that you've created--it's such a great idea to associate words/rhythm, plus it's just plain cute. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. This is excellent - keep up the GREAT work!

  3. I just found your blog through Pinterest and I am SOOOOO glad!! These are amazing posts with great details. My school is having an emphasis on literacy so I'm loving your ideas with books and rhythms! Please keep it up! I love all of them!

  4. Thank you Christi! I'm glad you have found things that you might use! Our district is HUGE on everyone teaches reading and I liked the idea of a file folder "center" for differentiated instruction. Thank you again for the kind words! Definitely, there will be more coming! In planning stages now anyway. :)

  5. Is there any way you could send me those graphics? I love those and would love to use them in this activity! :) discoverygardenmusic at gmail dot com if you could send it!

  6. This looks great! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. I am in love with your blog! I discovered it on Pinterest and it is making me so excited to go back to school and try out some of your great ideas. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

  8. Thanks, Allyson! I've been dormant for a while....time to get my grove back on! Thanks again for your comment!

  9. Did you know that Bill Martin actually composed his books by using rhythm before he wrote the words. There is a YouTube video of him reading this very book. He reads it like it is a song. Awesome idea!