Friday, July 13, 2012

Interactive Music Flipcharts

In May, I blogged about Technology In the Music Classroom. I talked about many wonderful tools we acquired during a construction renovation, including the interactive white boards. We have Promethean ActivBoards which run on ActivInspire Software. In this post, I will share some flipcharts that I have submitted to Promethean Planet and are available for free download. There are brief descriptions below, but you may also click the links to preview the slides before downloading.

This flipchart uses the poem "I Spy Elenore" in a 2-3 lesson unit. First, students will perform rhythms with body percussion (option to also perform in a rhythmic or melodic round). Students will count the syllables in candy bar names to discover the rhythmic pattern for each. Students will compose rhythms using candy bar rhythms. There is a printable worksheet for students to compose on their own after practicing on the Activboard. The final performance could be in rondo form, alternating "I Spy Elenore" with candy bar patterns.

In this lesson, students will perform a rhythmic ostinato on body percussion to accompany a poem "Once I Caught a Fish Alive." Then, students will try to identify which words the stomps, claps, pats, and snaps occur on. The body percussion will be transferred to unpitched percussion to accompany the poem. Encourage students to try the ostinato with and without the words. I can complete all these activities in one 50 minute lesson.

This flipchart features 20 multiple choices questions. Students view an instrument and identify it's instrument family. This can be used with clickers student response system or with paper and pencil. The key is included. 

This flipchart is used for a 3-lesson unit. It uses the poem "One For Ice Cream" to review rhythm, melodic contour, form, and improvise on xylophones. The final performance would be in rondo form alternating the song "One For Ice Cream" with improvised solos using ice cream flavors as rhythmic building blocks. Be sure to check out the notes on the slides for more tips to assist you through this lesson.

In this flipchart, students perform rhythmic ostinatos with body percussion and unpitched percussion to accompany the poem "Cobbler, Cobbler, Mend My Shoe."

***Although all these flicharts are entirely my own creation, the lesson sequences for "I Spy Elenore," "Once I Caught a Fish Alive," and "One For Ice Cream" were adapted from lessons presented by Brian Crisp during Level I Orff Training at the University of Kentucky during the summer of 2006.

More About Promethean Planet

Click here for a direct link to view all my uploaded flipcharts:
At this moment, these are only 5 that are polished and uploaded. As I add more, I will also blog about them.

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If you have an Activboard, make sure you also check out these
Free Resource Packs:
Music Notes and Scales Resource Pack
Music Tempo Resource Pack


  1. This post is becoming very popular. I am curious how many of you have Promethean ActivBoards and how many of you have SMARTboards. I have been told the Flipcharts can be converted for both software systems but I have never done this myself. Does anyone have any tips for others trying to convert them?.

  2. THANK YOU, Mrs. Dennis! My notation flipcharts always look so amateur-ish. Yours are great! Thanks for putting them online.

  3. Thank you, Cynthia. I just uploaded another flipchart, but there is usually a day or two delay before it is made live. I'll try to polish some more and post them online. I have a large collection that I use throughout the year, but it takes quite a bit of extra effort to make sure another music teacher would understand the purpose behind each slide. If you every have any questions about them, feel free to ask!

  4. Hello Mrs. Dennis. First, I love your website! Thank you for sharing your wonderful resources!

    Second is an FYI - I have been trying to access your flip charts on Promethean Planet but I have found that it is now called Class Flow. I thought you would like to know this information. I was able to find your information, but not by using your links.

    Thank you again!

    Gloria Sandoval