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

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

You'll also cover the themes of: Insects, Robots

Grade 1 Lesson 1

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Sing the echoes in our warmup song “Dooby Doo”
  2. Sing the echoes and do the movements to “Mountaintop Monster”
  3. Discuss How Tos and What ifs
  4. Teach the “Make Me a Circle” chant
  5. Play the “Hello Circle Name Game”
  6. Echo Bobo
  7. Teach “Snail, Snail”
  8. Learn the game with “Snail, Snail”
  9. Play the game and sing “Snail, Snail”
  10. Show how the notes go higher and lower in “Snail, Snail”
  11. Optional: Play “Snail, Snail” on Boomwhackers
  12. Optional: Teach the Orff arrangement for “Snail, Snail”
  13. Learn about beat
  14. Optional: Play the Trivia Wheel Game – What keeps a beat?
  15. Teach “Sam the Robot Man”
  16. Learn the actions for “Sam the Robot Man”
  17. Do the actions and sing “Sam the Robot Man”
  18. Optional: Complete the All About Me Worksheet
  19. Sing “The Music Time is Over”

Extensions

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can show how sounds go high and low.
  • I can echo rhythm and melody patterns.
  • I can keep a steady beat

Sing the echoes in our warmup song “Dooby Doo”

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Song Used: Dooby Dooby Dooby Doo

Sing the echoes in our warmup song “Dooby Doo”

Sing the echoes in our warmup song "Dooby Doo."

Copy the movements in the video.

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Sing the echoes and do the movements to “Mountaintop Monster”

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Sing the echoes and do the movements to “Mountaintop Monster”

Sing the echoes and do the movements to "Mountaintop Monster."

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Discuss How Tos and What ifs

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Unit Used: Back to School

Discuss How Tos and What ifs

Discuss your class procedures with your class.
(Skip ahead if you've had several classes already.)

Teach the “Make Me a Circle” chant

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Teach the “Make Me a Circle” chant

Make Me a Circle chant is a way to have students make a circle quickly. Chant the poem starting quietly and getting louder, then count how many beats it takes to make a circle. You might have to count higher than 10 the first time!
Each time you make a circle, use the chant and see how quickly your students can make a circle!

Play the “Hello Circle Name Game”

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Play the “Hello Circle Name Game”

This game is a fun way to learn the names of the students and to get to know each other.

In this game, pat a steady beat. Pat-pat - then gesture with hands out 2 times.
When the hands go "out" you say your name.

Say names, favorite food, a sport they like, someplace they went in the summer etc.

Echo Bobo

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Song Used: Snail, Snail

Echo Bobo

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Teach “Snail, Snail”

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Teach “Snail, Snail”

1. Read the words of the song

If students can read rhythms and solfa, read them.

If not, teach the song by rote.

Rote Teaching:
Sing or play a phrase and have students echo.
Combine phrases and have students echo.
Sing or play the whole song and have students echo.

Learn the game with “Snail, Snail”

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Learn the game with “Snail, Snail”

Watch how the kids in the video play the game "Snail Snail."

Play the game! Game Directions:
Make a line with all students holding hands; lead them into a spiral, and then lead them out. After the students know it well, they enjoy being the leader. Exaggerate the beat with your feet when singing "snail."

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Play the game and sing “Snail, Snail”

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Play the game and sing “Snail, Snail”

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Show how the notes go higher and lower in “Snail, Snail”

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Show how the notes go higher and lower in “Snail, Snail”

Print and color the pointing page.
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Make your own pointing page.
Draw 8 hearts on the paper and draw snails under them.

1. Point to the hearts as you sing. (the beat)
2. Point to the snails as you sing. The snails show how the melody goes higher and lower. If you've made playdough snails, you could point and sing using your playdough snails.

Optional: Play “Snail, Snail” on Boomwhackers

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Instrument Song Used: Snail Snail

Optional: Play “Snail, Snail” on Boomwhackers

Optional: Teach the Orff arrangement for “Snail, Snail”

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Instrument Song Used: Snail Snail

Optional: Teach the Orff arrangement for “Snail, Snail”

Creative Ideas: 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.

Learn about beat

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Unit Used: Beat and Rhythm

Learn about beat

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Optional: Play the Trivia Wheel Game - What keeps a beat?

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Game Used: Trivia Wheel

Optional: Play the Trivia Wheel Game - What keeps a beat?

Teach “Sam the Robot Man”

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Song Used: Sam the Robot Man

Teach “Sam the Robot Man”

This song is good for practicing steady beat and creating movement. Introduce “Sam the Robot Man” by playing the video and asking the students to listen to the instructions that are in the song and do what it says. Have them create robot movements during the song. If this is the first time you’ve had your first grade create movement, you will want to set some boundaries for them. This is another good song for practicing keeping a steady beat.

Denise Tip: I like to show the area they are allowed to move in with a laser pointer or my pointer finger. I tell the students that there is no pushing, bumping or hitting allowed. If a student bumps into another, they have to sit out, even if it is accidental.

Learn the actions for “Sam the Robot Man”

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Learn the actions for “Sam the Robot Man”

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Do the actions and sing “Sam the Robot Man”

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Do the actions and sing “Sam the Robot Man”

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Optional: Complete the All About Me Worksheet

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Unit Used: Back to School

Optional: Complete the All About Me Worksheet

Sing “The Music Time is Over”

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Sing “The Music Time is Over”

Sing the echoes in our closing song "The Music Time is Over."

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