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Looking to use Grade 1 Extra April Lesson in your Grade 1 classroom?

While teaching this learning module you will cover multiple concepts including: Beat, Tempo, Melodic Direction (high-middle-low)

You'll also cover the themes of: Animal Songs

Grade 1 Extra April Lesson

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Do body percussion to “Welcome to Music”
  2. Echo sing patterns using do mi so and la
  3. Review “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”
  4. Review the game for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”
  5. Sing and play the “Old Dog, Full of Fleas” game
  6. Sort the rhythms for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”
  7. Optional: Teach the Orff arrangement for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”
  8. Review “Sing a Country Song”
  9. Review “Shake It”
  10. Copy the Movement for “Shake It!”
  11. Sing “The Music Time is Over”

Extensions

Musicplay is a menu. The teacher is not expected to teach every song or activity. Choose the songs and activities from the list that will best fit your schedule and the needs of your students.

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can read rhythms and melodies.

Do body percussion to “Welcome to Music”

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Do body percussion to “Welcome to Music”

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Echo sing patterns using do mi so la

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Practice Item Used: do mi so la (d m sl)

Echo sing patterns using do mi so la

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Review “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

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Review “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

Teach "Old Dog" by rote or by reading the song. If your students are able to read the rhythms have them read the rhythms of the song. If students can read the solfa notes have them sing the song using Solfa notes and hand signs.

If the students are not ready to read the song than teacher by rote instead.

“Old Dog, Full of Fleas” is a reading song. Have the students read the rhythms, lyrics, and if they have been learning solfa, read the melody from the projectable slides. If you don’t teach solfa, have them show the high and low notes with arm motions. Sing the song and play the game.

Denise Tips: I’ve named my “flea” Florence. When I pull Florence out of my pocket she tells me all kinds of things. Florence “whispers” in my ear and tells me things like, “Your Grade 1s are really singing well today!” or, “Someone in this class sang the song really well in tune!” My students really sit up and listen when I tell them what Florence said.

Review the game for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

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Review the game for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

Form a single circle. One to three students hide their eyes in the middle. While you sing the song, pass a “flea” around the circle. Another way is to have a beat keeper go around the outside of the circle with the flea. This has been a better way for keeping the beat than passing it from student to student. You can go to the dollar store and buy a package of the ugliest bugs you can find to be the “flea.” At the end of the song, all students hide their hands behind their backs and the students in the middle guess who has it.

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Sing and play the “Old Dog, Full of Fleas” game

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Sing and play the “Old Dog, Full of Fleas” game

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Sort the rhythms for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

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Sort the rhythms for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

Optional: Teach the Orff arrangement for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

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Optional: Teach the Orff arrangement for “Old Dog, Full of Fleas”

Playing and Creating: Give the students packages of plastic bugs or pictures of different kinds of bugs or creepy crawlies and have them make word patterns. Use 4-8 bugs. Play the rhythm of the word chain on pitched or nonpitched instruments as an introduction or B section.

Review “Sing a Country Song”

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Review “Sing a Country Song”

This song is included to reinforce the concepts high/low and fast/slow. Teach the chorus of the song by rote. The song has a lot of words and moves quickly, so you may want to just sing the chorus and play along with an instrument to the verses. If the students really like the song, they can learn the words in spite of the difficulty.

Create movements for this song. You might create a circle dance or a line dance to the music.

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Review “Shake It”

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Review “Shake It”

Sing and move to "Shake It!"

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Copy the Movement for “Shake It!”

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Copy the Movement for “Shake It!”

This demo video is to give you movement ideas for "Shake it!"

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Sing “The Music Time is Over”

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Sing “The Music Time is Over”

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