In this lesson you will
Starting dates for school districts can vary from end of July to after Labor Day! The Musicplay song sequence will begin in September week 1. This August Back to School Lesson Module 1 (and all the August modules) are given for teachers who start earlier. Start in whatever week your school district begins. While some activities may repeat in the August lessons, extensions will be given in weeks 2-3-4 so that there is new concepts and learning for schools that start very early.
Copy the movements in the video.
Use your hands to copy the movements.
If time permits, or in another lesson, give the students plates to move with.
Play with the Rhythm Video.
Decide if you will clap, pat, stomp or play with instruments.
Warm up your singing voices by echoing solfa patterns!
This will be our welcome song for August - welcome to music class!
You could use this as a name song. After singing the song say hello to a student, and have the class echo you, using the same kind of voice that you used. Use high and low voices, quiet and loud voices, fast and slow. Also use speaking, whispering, shouting or calling and singing voices. When singing hello use a variety of solfa patterns: so-mi, so-la-so-mi or mi-re-do.
Listen to the story, "All Are Welcome."
Pause the video and sing the welcome song each time you hear the words, "All are welcome here."
Skip ahead to the story "So-me, Oh and Romeo" if you've already read this story.
If you have Orff instruments in your classroom you can use this to teach the arrangement.
If you read "All Are Welcome in Week 1, Listen to the story, "So-Me, Oh and Romeo"
Pause the video and echo whenever there is a sung passage.
If this is your week 3, jump ahead to the story "The Listening Walk"
Listen to the story.
Then do a "listen" in your classroom and create a list of all the things you can hear.
Review quickly if you did this in Aug. week 1 or 2.
Talk about procedures if this is your first week.
Review or teach the Music Room Rules
Have the students give examples of good choices, being responsible, good manners, etc.
Teach "Say Hello" by rote.
If you prefer, you could use the video that follows to teach the song by rote. Play a phrase, pause and have students echo it. Continue until the students have learned the entire song.
Teach or review a hello song in different languages.
Teach the song either by rote or as a reading song.
Watch the kids demo and if time permits, play the game "Here Comes a Bluebird"
Optional: Complete the worksheet All About Me from Supporting Resources.
Save paper and make your own "All About Me" page to send to your teacher!
Teachers - this will help you to get to know your students.