"THE MUSIC TRAIN"
(submitted by Pamela)
See a picture
of the cars.
I purchased a bulletin board package
that includes a large train engine. You can get this at a school supply store.
The purchased engine says "All aboard."
I added a yellow sentence strip and beside the "All aboard" I added:
"the music train." Thus: "All Aboard the Music Train."
Then, use bulletin board paper and cut out three box cars. Use three different
colors of bulletin board paper: yellow, green and blue. (The background is
material that I keep on the bulletin board that goes with any decorations.) Make
the box cars the width of the bulletin board paper, but cut a section that looks
like the part of the car that connects to the car in front of it.) Adjust the
length of each car to the size of the bulletin board.
Under the first car I placed a sentence strip that says, "Composer
Car." Second car: "Instrument Car" Third car: "Song
Composer Car: Find pictures of composers. (School picture size.) Prepare pieces
of paper about 4" X 8.50". Draw a line about 1.50 inches from the
of each piece of paper. Give each child a piece of paper and one composer
Children will need scissors, glue, pencil and crayons. Instructions: Write the
composer's name in the space under the line drawn at the bottom of your piece of
paper. Cut out around the composer's head. Glue the head of the composer to the
piece of paper. Draw a body onto the composer's head. After the drawing is
completed, tell the children to cut around the drawing from about the waist up.
This way the upper part of the picture is "floating free" and the
bottom part of the picture is a solid piece of paper--resembling him standing on
a podium. Place all the composers in the first car. (I had room to put one
composer per child in the class = 25.) These turned out real cute. I had second
graders do this and they completed their work in one 40 minute class period.
Second car: Have pictures of instruments for children to color and cut out.
Place them in the second car. I used first grades for this.
Third car: Make copies of suitcases (they come with the train bulletin board
kit). I did enlarge them a bit. Draw lines on the suitcases--I drew five lines
representing a staff, and also put a treble clef. Write titles of train songs,
one title per suitcase. Hand out the suitcases and have the children put
quotation marks around the title, explaining that when you write a song title,
you use quotation marks. Have the children color the suitcase and cut it out.
Make sure and let the children hear all the train songs you have placed in the
third car. I used: "The Music Train," (My rendition of "That
Happy Train." From The Music Book)
"Wabash Cannonball", "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain,"
"Engine, Engine Number Nine," "Git On Board," Little Red
Caboose," and "The California