New Jack Hartmann Big Books
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I am currently in the process of making Big Books to go with some of my favorite Jack Hartmann songs. I hope to put together a new workshop using his music and my books. Thank you Jack, for letting me share your wonderful music with other teachers. His music can be found at www.jackhartmann.com
When making the Big Books, I use 12" x 18' tagboard. I have found it reasonably priced at www.tdbestprice.com. I order the bright assorted tagboard. It makes making the book a lot easier. Be sure to bind the books at the bottom, for easier holding (I let my students hold them). I laminate my books using the heavier laminate from Teacher Supply stores. ABC Zone in Burnsville, MN and Rochester, MN is reasonable at $1.25 a foot. OfficeMax has become really expensive so shop around. But the 1.5mm works, too. Lakeshore Learning Store has laminating for just 29¢/ft.
Year after year, without fail, "Birthdays" from Math All Around Me, is the most popular song in my classroom. I like to use this book to go with it. It is made using the Holiday Bears Bulletin Board set from Carson-Dellosa (CD-1707) You won't be disappointed with this song!
If your students are like mine, they don't always know what month their birthday is in. To help them with that, I made this new version of the birthday song. It is made using the Carson-Dellosa Birthday: Kid-Drawn Bulletin Board set(CD-3452). I make the book, then laminate the pages and write the kids name on the month that the they celebrate their birthday. Because I laminate first, I can reuse the book from year to year.
Countdown to Blastoff - another wonderful song from Math All Around Me. It is not a song that adults really get, but again, it is requested year after year by all of my students. One year we HAD to do it for a parent program beacause the kids begged so much.
I made this book using the Mini Bulletin Board Set Blast Off from CTP (CTP 0625). The astronauts fit perfectly with the words of the song!
Unfortunately, CTP did not realize that this was the PERFECT Bulletin Board set to go with this song. They have discontinued it. I recently bought CTP's Outerspace Mini-Bulletin Board Set (CTP 1162). I think it will work well with this song.
Many people have requested to see how I made the new Countdown to Blastoff with the CTP Outerspace Bulletin Board Set. Here is what the new book looks like.
Count by 5's - Counting by 5's will be a snap using the fun song "Count by 5's" from Math All Around Me. I used the Carson-Dellossa Handprints Bulletin Board Accents (CD-5561) to make the book more colorful. You can use real kids handprints if you want to make the book more personal.
I show 2 different ways to print the 5 because I don't follow the D'Nelian directions like the song. My students love singing it differently!
Popcorn Words - The song "Popcorn Words" from Hip Hop AlphaBop is a great way to review those high frequency words that keep "popping up all over.
To make this book I found a clipart of a popcorn kernel (or you can draw your own) and wrote the words on them. I used empty bags from Target and movie theaters (not always easy to get from movie theaters, inventory!)
Rockin Rhymin Teddy Bear - This song is on Jack's Language Play and Listening Fun cd. I made the book using clip art and Heartfelt Bears Cut-Outs from Carson Dellosa (DJ-620002). It is a great song for introducing rhyming words.
For copyright reasons, I am not able to put on all of the clipart that I used. I have included a few of them.
Match My Clock - This book is on Jack’s Math in Motion CD. When we do the song, the kids all have their own clock to move the hands. I made the book using Trend’s My Time Classic Accents (T-10039). I combined the hour and half-hour songs in 1 book.
Hands Up for Letter Sounds - This song is great for teaching phonemic awareness. I made the book to include the phonics connection. It is from Language Play and Listening Fun. To make the book I used hand calendar cut outs, arrows and clip art. The clip art program I have found easiest to use is My First Amazing Incredible Dictionary.
Again, for copyright reasons, I can not put on all of the clipart that I used for this song. You may also try searching images in Google to find what you need free of charge.
5 Senses - This wonderful song is also on Math in Motion. To make the book, I typed up the words and used the Trend Five Senses learning Chart (T- 38051). I used everything from the poster. The title is the title from the poster and the words on the last page are also from the poster. It was a really easy book to make and the kids love it.
Count by 10's - I had to make this book because by class this year was actually counting better by 5's than by 10's. They love the Count by 5's song so much, I thought we had better start singing by 10's, too. This song is on Jack's Math in Motion cd. It is a lot of fun. To make this book I used clipart from the Internet and typed up the words.
To make the ducks for this book, print up a few copies and cut and paste so you have 10 ducks in a row.
Count by 2's - This popular song is from Jack's Math All Around Me CD. It is easy to make because I just typed up the words and numbers. For graphics, I took photos of my students doing the actions. They love to sing the song with the book because they are in it!
Show Me The Money - This is the 3rd money song from Math in Motion. It uses the remaining pieces from the Counting Coins Mini Bulletin Board Set. The first few pages use only the pieces from the Bulletin Board set. For the last page the kids are supposed to hold up the correct coin when Jack names them in the song. Again I used clip art, but you can use digital photos, stickers or rubber stamps.
Save Your Pennies - This is the second money song from Math in Motion that uses the CTP Counting Coins Bulletin Board set. (CTP0617) I used clip art of the coins, but you can take digital photos and enlarge them or just use a rubber stamp. The pennies are a penny rubber stamp.
That Makes Cents to Me - This is the first of 3 songs on Jack Hartmann’s Math In Motion cd. They are great for learning money. I made all 3 of them using different pieces from The Counting Coins Mini Bulletin Board set form CTP (CTP0617). You only need 1 set to make all 3 books. I used a real dollar for the dollar.
All Together - This is a wonderful Phonemic Substitution song on Jack's Shake Rattle n’ Read CD. It is very simple and the kids love it. The pages just show the initial consonant that you substitute in the chorus. I used the CTP Stick Kids Cut-Outs (CTP4679) to make the book.
Rockin’ Hip-Hoppin Apples and Bananas - This version of the classic song can be found on Jack’s latest CD Hip-Hop Alphabop 2. The regular version is also found on Language Play and Listening Fun. I found that having the book really helps the children understand that they are changing the vowel sounds. The clipart it from www.clipart.com. I suggest making a list of graphics you need and paying for a short subscription to download a lot of graphics at one time.
ABC Disco - This is a great version of the ABC Song that the kids can dance along with. It is on Shake Rattle n’ Read. The print connection really helps the kids to see that there is not a letter named “Elmenenohpee.” I used Carson-Dellosa 2” Rainbow letters (CD-5348).
Number Writing Rhyme - This great song is on Math in Motion. It really helps my kids with writing their numerals the correct way. To make the book I blew up a font that has the directional arrows for the numerals. I typed up the words. You can use any number poster for the pictures.
Click here for the PDF of the numbers. (enlarge them on the copy machine)
Vowel Sounds Samba - This sound is a wonderful way to practice those difficult vowel sounds. It is from Jack Hartmann’s Shake Rattle n’ Read cd. To make the first page, all you need is the chorus typed up and a photo of the kids tapping their knees and patting their heads(it goes where the white rectangle is.) The remaining five pages have 2 die cuts of the letter and clip art from www.clipart.com. Again, I would recommend paying for a short subscription and downloading a lot of graphics in a short time.
Proud to be an American - This fun song is on Jack's Hip Hop Alphabop cd. The kids love it. It is a drill sergeant chant- response. It is also really good for the kids to practice marching to the beat. You can use any patriotic Bulletin Board set or clip-art to make the book. I used Teacher’s Friend Publications Patriotic Symbols Accent Punch-Outs (TF3269). I put photos of my students doing the actions from the songs where the blue rectangles are. I took a group photo of all of my students waving flags and used it every time the songs said, “wave the flag.”
Start the Day - This song is from Jack’s Math in Motion cd. We use it during Calendar and Opening. The days of the week are attached with velcro and we change them each day. The extras are stored in a ziploc bag on the back. I used the Carson Dellosa Days of the Week poster (CD6392).
Counting On - This song helps teach the difficult skill of counting on. The song sings the big number (the orange one) and the kids have to say the 2 or 3 numbers that come next. The book is easy to make. I just used die cut numerals for the counting numbers and numeral stickers for the cover.
Counting 1 to 20 - This song is on the Math in Motion CD. I like to use the big book with it because it really helps my students with their numeral recognition. Those teen numbers are so hard for the kids.
This Old Man - This song is also on Math All Around Me. It is not only is it great for counting, but it helps phonemic awareness by using rhymes. The picture clues help the kids a lot when they are singing the song. I got my clipart from www.clipart.com. (make a list of all the graphics you need and pay for a short subscription if needed)
Hello All Around the World - This song is on Hip-Hop Alphabop. It is a beautiful song about saying "Hello" all around the world. To make the book I use clip art from www.clipart.com. I also used Stick Kids Airplanes from Creative Teaching Press (CTP4672). I spelled the "Hello" word on the airplanes.
Two Letters That Work Together - This song is a great song for teaching consonant blends. It is on Hip-Hop Alphabop. I used Gingham Cards Designer Cut-Outs from Creative Teaching Press (CTP4675). The clipart is from www.clipart.com (if you do not want to pay for a long term subscription, make a list and download a lot at once.) I used small letter die cuts for the letters.
The Word Game - I introduced this song from Shake Rattle and Read early in the school year. The kids loved it and it is a great way to talk about what a word is. To make the book I just used small die cut letters to spell the words.
Have You Heard About Compound Words - This is a song about Compound words from Hip-Hop Alphabop. The book is comb bound on the sides and the bottom. The two words that make the compound word are shown on the left and right with the clipart and the the compound word is typed on the bottom section. You flip through the pages to sing all of the compound words.
Two Little Sounds - This sound is great for teaching those tricky letter combinations: ch, th, sh and wh. The song is on Hip-Hop Alphabop. To make the book I used die cuts for the letters and clipart www.clipart.com) for the pictures. The song is very helpful for helping the kids to learn the letter combinations.