• Hello and welcome to my distance learning page!

    I will be available to communicate using my CBSD e-mail (abranchf@cbsd.org)
    Mondays through Thursday during the times of 10:00 - 10:30am and 1:30 - 2:00pm


    CBSD District Learning:

    Distance Learning


     Lessons for Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Kruopas will be posted on Thursdays.



    Be aware that for the week of April 6th there will be no new material posted as specialists are involved in distance learning training sessions.  New content will be posted the following week on Seesaw.



Week of March 30, 2020

  • Distance Learning Lesson for 1st and 2nd Grade Week 3


    Overview: Rhythm Review

    Estimated Time: Approximately 20 minutes.

    Explanation: Review and practice rhythms we have studied in class.  These include quarter notes (Ta), quarter rests (Shh), whole notes (Ta-ah-ah-ah), half notes (Ta-ah) and eighth notes (Ti-ti).

    Two quick things to know:

    1. This lesson will focus on rhythms that we have already learned and practiced.  We have performed these in class by clapping and using rhythm sticks. 
    2. Feel free to play them on different instruments lying around the house.  If you don’t have one, make one!  Instruments can be made by putting rice in cans or plastic bottles to make a shaker.  Rubber bands stretched across an open box to make a string instrument or using pencils as rhythm sticks will also work.  Second grade can also use the instruments they made in their homeroom earlier this year.


    • Download the PowerPoint below.
    • Read and follow directions on the first three slides.
    • Print the last slide and color the picture using the color key next to it.

    Extension: Try clapping these at different volumes (loud and soft).  Try clapping these at different speeds.



Week of March 23, 2020

  • Distance Learning Lesson for 1st and 2nd Grade Week 2


    Overview: Compose your own music! 

    Estimated Time: Approximately 20 minutes

    Explanation: Learn to compose your own music using Chrome Music Lab.

    Two quick things to know:

    1. Chrome Music Lab is a web-based music site that allows you to learn about song writing, rhythm, sound and more!
    2. This lesson will focus on song writing but feel free to explore other parts of the site.


    • Click on the link below to go the Chrome Music Lab website.
    • Click on the file link below to access the worksheet.
    • After you have finished the worksheet, you may save your song and play it for your family.

    Link to Activity:

    Extension: Want to experiment more?  Explore check out Melody Maker on Chrome Music Lab.

Week of March 16, 2020

  • Distance Learning Lesson for 1st and 2nd Grade Week 1


    Overview: March is Music in Our Schools Month! Schools in Central Bucks and all over the country are participating by highlighting the ways that music can connect us all. For this week’s activity, students will recognize that interests, knowledge, and skills relate to personal choices and intent when creating, performing, and responding to music. (PK8-MU:Cn.10.0)

    Estimated Time: Approximately 20 minutes

    Explanation: Enjoy an opportunity to connect with a family member or caregiver by interviewing them about the role of music in their life.

    Three quick things to know:

    1. Choose a family member or caregiver and use a questionnaire to guide your interview and discussion about music.
    2. Use the questions as a starting point, and feel free to discuss the answers in detail or ask follow-up questions.
    3. If you cannot print the questionnaire, create five questions you could ask about someone else’s musical background.


    • Click on the file link below to access the questionnaire.
    • Choose someone to interview. Ask them the questions and record their answers.
    • After the questionnaire is finished, ask the person you interviewed to sign and date it at the bottom.


    Link to Activity: Access the questionnaire below.

    Extension: Want to participate in the nationwide Music in Our Schools

    Month? Check out #MIOSM and #MusicChangesLives on

    Twitter, and tweet how music brought you and your

    interviewee together!