Elementary Music Links
DME BULLETIN BOARD ASSIGNMENT
Each student will assemble an interactive bulletin board
and demonstrate the musical concept in a short lesson.
accuracy of the concept content
appropriateness of the concept level for the grade selected
clarity of the concept content
ability to easily see lettering, notes, objects on the board from any student seat
your lesson demonstration
assignment logistics (up on time, down on time and materials cleaned up)
Bulletin Board Rubric
Layout, Design, Mechanics
Object size, neatness, accessibility, safety, interesting appearance needs improvement
Acceptable object size, neatness, accessibility, safety, and interesting appearance
Good object size, neatness, accessibility, safety, and interesting appearance
Excellent object size, neatness, accessibility, safety, and interesting appearance
Instructions, teaching of the concept, engaging students needs improvement
Acceptable instructions, teaching of the concept, with students engaged
Good instructions, teaching of the concept, with students engaged
Excellent instructions, teaching of the concept, with students engaged
Age range incorrect and/or multiple errors
Age range incorrect and/or several errors
Age range questionable and/or minor errors
Age appropriate and all concept and presentation elements correct
Not enough interactivity for individual, corporate, or non-directed instruction
Acceptable interactivity for individual, corporate, or non-directed instruction
Good interactivity for individual, corporate, or non-directed instruction
Excellent interactivity for individual, corporate, or non-directed instruction
Needs work to be used for other levels, other concepts, and for self-direction
Acceptable for other levels, other concepts, and for self-direction
Good for other levels, other concepts, and for self-direction
Excellent for other levels, other concepts, and for self-direction
Choose a theme for your bulletin board. It must include elements that you can use to teach a lesson and it should be interactive (involving some sort of response or activity from the children). Choose a grade level focus for your lesson. If you need ideas, there is a notebook in my office containing bulletin board ideas. You can also find ideas on the internet at sites such as www.musicbulletinboards.net, the idea bank at MusicK8.com or the bulletin board section in the Music Ed Resources Idea Library. There are many others.
Get approval for your bulletin board idea 1 week prior to your assignment date. Use the approval form here. Also required on the form is a drawing or representation of what your bulletin board will look like. Using color on your drawing is helpful.
Gather your supplies. The size of the bulletin board will be 4 x 6. We have some bulletin board materials (paper and borders) that have been donated from past projects. They are available for your use in 112A. See me for access. Otherwise, you may purchase your own materials. The best local resource for borders and other bulletin board elements is The Apple Tree. Students have used both paper and fabric for the bulletin board background and both work well. Borders can be purchased or can be made (for example, hearts or geometric shapes cut from construction paper can be lined up overlapping around the edge of the bulletin board).
Put your bulletin board up prior to the beginning of the class period on the day it is due. Failure to complete the project prior to the beginning of the class will affect the grade. If the assembly is not complete by the beginning of the class, the assignment will be considered late.
Lead the class in a lesson demonstrating the interactive nature of your bulletin board on the date assigned to you. This demonstration/lesson should only take 5-10 minutes. It is not necessary to draw the lesson to its conclusion, but just to demonstrate how the bulletin board would be used. You should specify the grade level you are teaching to and will be responsible for your lesson being age-appropriate. Also mention, if applicable, any potential application for other concepts and/or grade levels.
Provide a handout (with holes punched) of a drawing, representation, or graphic image of the bulletin board with explanation or instructions for each class member to be distributed on the next class day. A composite of digital photos of all bulletin boards will be distributed at the end of the semester. However, an ACCURATE rendering (not just a hastily scribbled outline of it) is required. Use the form here for your handout. (This is the same form as your approval form.)
Take a photograph of your bulletin board before taking it down. See me for access to the digital camera. The photos of all of the bulletin boards will be compiled at the end of the semester for everyone to have a copy for your notebooks.
Take your bulletin board down before the next person needs to use that space. Failure to do so will affect your grade. When taking down bulletin boards, all staples should be removed and thrown away. Check the floor and pick up all staples as they cause a problem when the custodians vacuum the classroom. Properly dispose of all materials which are not reusable.
Recycle or dispose of all materials. Leftover materials may be kept or donated to the class. If you wish to donate your reusable materials, organize them in a form in which they can be stored in 112A and put them away neatly. Properly dispose of all materials which are not reusable.
National Standards for Music Education
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.