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Here’s a new windy way to power up a school day…
Windchime Music Powers Up a School Day – Surprise students and command instant attention by powering a windchime indoors with the touch of your hand.
Stand in front of the class with the windchime hidden from view at first.
Announce that it’s time to power up the school day.
Call on a few volunteers to guess how you plan to do that.
Then lift the windchime for all to see.
Even if the windchime makes music when you move it, tell the class that you will add more power to its music by tapping the chimes together.
Advise kids to listen to its sound…clang, clang, clink, clink…as you move the windchime more.
Engage the class further by inviting students to imitate the sound the windchime makes.
All of this takes but a few minutes of time. That’s the best part.
Because the point of powering up a school day is to get students focused, ready to learn, and into the lessons ahead.
If your curriculum calls for language arts instruction on the day you power up with a windchime, you might like to share the poem I wrote, titled Spring Song. (See below)
My windchime celebrates spring
as it swings in the afternoon sun,
playing a love song to the breeze that stirs its simple structure.
Carefree and shimmering,
this pure and enduring instrument of joy
delights visitors to my deck.
Five silver tubes tink, tap, tink, tap a center stone,
twisting and turning,
like the page of a calendar eager to leave March behind
to welcome April’s gentler days.
Two notes to teachers in the Southern Hemisphere…
1) substitute the word spring with the word fall in the first line of the poem.
2) change the last two lines to: like the page of a calendar eager to leave August behind/to welcome September’s stronger days.
Depending on the grade level you teach, use this poem to help students develop language arts skills. (more…)