Hi, I’m Tim Tuck, and I teach Reception through Year 12 students at Maitland Area School in South Australia. This blog is my online hitching-post to share classroom resources, reviews and classroom hacks. It also (quite) subtly provide links to some of the school musicals (at Maverick Musicals) and educational books (at Blake Education and Pascal Press) that I’ve written over the years. Music, drama, science and technology are my main interests and I hope that’s reflected in the posts and downloads on show. Enjoy!
The Okeanos Explorer is a US federally funded research ship, assigned to ‘systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge’.
There’s a live feed happening between April 27 and May 19, 2017 where the ship will collect information about deepwater areas in the Pacific.
During that time the team will conduct remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives in areas including the American Samoa, Kingman Reef and the Palmyra Atoll Units of the Pacific
The NOAA Okeanos Explorer website has live feeds, background information and a huge education section with photographs, charts and lesson plans for different age groups. The project has an excellent webinar too:
Relevant XKCD Comic
My Year 6 music class experimented with serialism and tone-rows but using a diatonic scale (A B C D E F G) rather than a chromatic one (ie with all the semitones).
I used the phrase ‘Rainbow Tone Row’ to link in with out use of BoomWhackers.
Although this does somewhat negate serialsims goal of removing the influence of key from compositions, it allowed for easier composition and the use of our decidedly diatonic glockenspiels and BoomWhackers.
I demonstrated the technique on the board and then had students perform. The methods on the sheet (including writing the tune a third higher) are not authentically serialistic but the aim was to provide the students with readily accessible composing techniques. After students had tried their hand at writing and performing their (own diatonic) tone rows, we chose one student’s piece to perform using the performance grid. The class divided into four groups, with each group ‘soloing’ and performing with others.
A quick search of YouTube will turn up many videos on serialism.
Advanced students may like to try composing the chromatic scale. There are lots of resources around but mostly aimed at secondary students. This 12 tone serialsim worksheet at TES.com might be useful.
Australian Curriculum links
- Explore dynamics and expression, using aural skills to identify and perform rhythm and pitch patterns (ACAMUM088)
- Develop technical and expressive skills in singing and playing instruments with understanding of rhythm, pitch and form in a range of pieces, including in music from the community (ACAMUM089)
- Rehearse and perform music including music they have composed by improvising, sourcing and arranging ideas and making decisions to engage an audience (ACAMUM090)
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Yay! Blake Education’s new ‘Australian Readers’ Theatre’ series has arrived from the printers! It’s been great fun working as series consultant with editor Vanessa Barker and publisher Lynn Dickinson and to have six plays included alongside those of the talented Sandie Eldridge, Catherine Bauer and Elizabeth Klein. It’s a great series (all photo-copiable) with lots of Australian humour and drama. No primary school should be without a copy!
“A Reader’s Theatre performance is a dramatic reading without the need for stage actions, or elaborate sets and costumes. It provides teachers with an opportunity to stage a play without the challenges that come with designing and building sets and creating costumes.
- the script’s plot, characters and setting
- introducing the play – main topic, characters, ideas
- vocabulary discussion and list of tricky words
- interpreting the story
- rehearsal and stage movement
- performance and staging ideas
- post-play review
Photocopiable assessment checklists for pre-performance, peer evaluation and oral performance assessments are included, as well as two worksheets for each play.”
A big shout out to Jill McTeigue and the students of Red Beach School. Loved your photos from Compass Rose! Your sets and costumes look gorgeous and I hope you had a great time putting it on!
One lovely touch; Red Beach borrowed our original prop ‘Compass’ (to the right in the featured photograph) and it appeared in their school’s production. What a wonderful sharing across the ocean!
This year’s theme for World Radio Day was ‘Radio In Time of Emergency‘.
I developed this drama unit for Year 5 & 6 around that theme with a focus on improvised dialogue, characterisation and structure.
The lesson sequence is based on the 5Es teaching model, familiar to many teachers from working with the Primary Connections science modules. I find the structure admirably suited to drama units with its Engage / Explore / Explain / Elaborate / Evaluate cycle.
The full unit plan with Australian Curriculum outcomes and a pdf of Emeregency Scenario cards can be downloaded below.
Elaborate Facilitates substantive conversation
|Unit Outline||Emergency Scenario Cards|
|Drama - 56DK Unit 1 - Emergency Radio|
The ‘Ghost of Tom’ (or ‘Ghost of John’) is a perennial Halloween favourite and no wonder. It’s (a little bit) spooky, has a ghost, a ghost lyric (oo-oo-oo), is a round and can be accompanied by just two notes.
This version is in Am, making it easy to perform on tuned percussion instruments (no sharps or flats).
The range for vocalists is a bit of a stretch, you might have to lower some parts down an octave.
Below are the resources I’m using with my music students.
- A simple grid notation accompaniment with just three patterns: A-G-A, C-B-C and E-D-E. JP children will quickly learn these and older students with limited music experience will also cope.
Ghost Of Tom Simple Percussion Chart
- The four lines written in notation. Use this for older students. Give them the choice of which lines to play (beginners can do the last two).
More capable students can play all four.
Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom – Percussion Chart
- An audio accompaniment with vocals. It’s just 90bpm, so a good speed to play along with. It has a two bar intro and then the song is sung once. The song begins again but this time as a round. Part two begins at bar 11, part 3 at bar 13 and part 4 at bar 17. Each entry is marked with a cymbal. It finishes with a two bar ending.
- A simple score of the song.
Ghost of Tom Score
- Vocal sheet (with alternative verse).
Have You Seen the Ghost Of Tom – Lyrics
When I sync my iTunes playlists with my iPad or iPhone, the playlists are – by default – all expanded.
Collapsing these, all scrolling to the bottom can be quite frustrating and time consuming.
Clicking with Ctrl + Down Arrow on any of the expand / collapse triangles will collapse all the playlists.
The SunSmart site came up while researching ideas for ‘No Hat/ No Play’ signs for our schoolyard.
After a quick registration, I completed the online teacher training. It’s pretty basic – quizzes, animations, text to read – but provides a good reminder of why we need policies in schools around shade, UV exposure, sunscreen and skin cancer.
You receive a nice certificate at the end and your choice of resources, including picture books, lesson plans and posters.
Highly recommended for all educators (and students and parents!)