In music, I am reading “Fright Night Flight” to all the classes in the spirit of Halloween. Each student plays a character based on the instrument they choose. When I introduce the instruments, I state the character’s name instead of the name of the instrument. The characters in the book are witch, vampire, werewolf, ghost, monster, skeleton, and mummy; the instruments associated with each are musical baton, guiro, conch shell horn, egg shakers, drum, tambourine, and sandblocks respectively. Because many of my classes has 10 students, I used a vibraslap as a door creaking.
Through the story, students work on playing on cue, sequencing the characters as they join the story, remembering which character their instrument is associated with, and playing only when it is their turn. Students enjoy listening to the story and bringing it alive with the music. At the same time, they are all focusing their attention on one idea, and taking turns to have a part in the story. They are great in cueing each other to play, remembering not only their own character, but each character associated with each instrument. Wonderful attending skills at play!