Many first and second grade classes have been engaged in "Mallet Madness." It is a way to connect reading literacy to music literacy. The learning of one definitely helps support the learning of the other. We have used several books to help us compose beautiful music using metalophones, xylophones, glockenspiels, and many different kids of drums. Kids have enjoyed "Mortimer," "Rumble in the Jungle," "Nicky Upstairs and Down," and "Alexander and the Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day." We use these stories to renforce orff technique such as hands together and hands alternating. Students learn concepts such as high and low, dynamics, tempo, responsiveness to body gesture and sound quality. We've learned about the difference between noise and making beautiful music. These musical experiences have supported reading literacy concepts such as: author's purpose, form, main idea, rhyme, rhythm, and summarizing technique. WE LOVE MALLET MADNESS!!!!