In this lesson, you will:
Echo dotted eighth-sixteenth patterns.
Wallflowers is an old singing from the UK. A version of the singing game was found in the "The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland" published in 1898. Wallflowers are wildflowers that grow in Ireland. In the Musicplay variant of the song, May had the measles. In 1898 the measles was a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Today, measles can be prevented with a vaccine.
The students may be able to read the rhythm and melody of the song. If your students do not know solfa, teach the melody by rote. Sing the song and play the game.
Play the tap and grab game with "Wallflowers"
Watch how it's played, then try it!
An ostinato is a repeated pattern.
That means that you do the pattern over and over again.
Try out all the ways to do this pattern, and decide how you want to do your ostinato.
You can change the rhythm if you like.
Try performing your ostinato with the song.
Remember that you do the ostinato over and over again until the end of the song.
For a challenge, sing the song and perform your ostinato at the same time!
“Find the Basket” is a hiding game. You can use it to teach or review dynamics. It's a simple reading song and can be used to have students create B sections or ostinato.
Read the rhythms. If you are teaching solfa, have the students read the melody using solfa. If not, use this melody to practice showing melodic contour - showing how the notes go up and down. This would be a good song to have the students draw the melodic contour.
Choose one student to hide the Easter basket and another student to look for it. The student who is going to hunt for the Easter basket leaves the room while the hider hides it. When the finder returns, the class sings the song, singing softly when they are far away from the basket, and singing louder as they get closer to the basket. The basket must be hidden in plain sight. The game continues until everyone in the class has had a turn to hide the basket or to find it.
Playing and Creating: Have the students choose four treats that they would like to get in an Easter basket and make them into a pattern to say with speech or say and play on non-pitched instruments. Use the patterns as an introduction or an interlude between repetitions of the song.
Print and distribute the melody cards around the room. Have students hunt for them and copy the patterns onto the staff with the same number.