In late April/early May, I was able to order a class set of ukuleles! This is something I thought 7th grade students would really enjoy. That being said, I had never taught ukulele so I faced the task of creating a curriculum. I want to share resources I've created and those that I've found.
Resources from the Web
Kiwi Ukulele - I found this site on the web. It includes a great chord chart, chord diagram clipart and a great teacher resource pdf.
Ukulele Hunt - Awesome site with chords for popular songs, tutorials and tab.
Ukulele in the Classroom - Lots of FREE stuff including chord diagrams (poster size), music, flashcards, quizzes, and a cute poster of a little chihuahua playing a uke.
Cathy's Chords - Lots of ukulele songs with chords
Ukulele Tricks - Links to great video tutorials, especially one on strumming.
I used the above resources to create a ukulele notebook for my students full of info on the uke, a chord chart and songs with chords and tab. Finding resources and hunting through them was a daunting task. If you would rather have my ukulele notebook, click here!
Course Syllabus and Loan Agreement
I am so protective over these new instruments that I included a syllabus with all my expectations and an instrument loan agreement. This is something so new at our school that I figured, "better safe, than sorry."
Here is a link to my syllabus and loan agreement.
Beginning Ukulele Lesson
I created a beginning ukulele lesson (Smart Notebook file), including history of the uke, parts of the uke, names of the strings, information on tuning, strumming, and how to read chords and tab. If you would like a copy, comment and I will email you!
I saw the "Ukulele by Dot" post at Treble in the Classroom and realized that is basically a must! I only have my 7th graders for a semester so I need all the time savers I can get!
Storing the Ukuleles
My dad and I designed and built this cart for the ukuleles!
I also have a ukulele bulletin board to put up, including my student expectations and chord diagrams. As soon as I'm able to work in my classroom, I'll add pictures of that, too.