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Looking to use Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 2 in your Kindergarten classroom?

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

You'll also cover the themes of: Animal Songs, Health, Farm

Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 2

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Sing the echoes for “Time for Music”
  2. Say the “Hello Beat Chant”
  3. Warm up with “Jig Jig Jiggles”
  4. Echo Bobo
  5. Sing “Welcome, Welcome”
  6. Option 1: Read the story “All Are Welcome”
  7. Option 2: Read the story “So-me Goes Missing”
  8. Discuss How Tos and What Ifs
  9. Teach “Music Room Rules”
  10. Keep the beat with the music
  11. Teach “Walking in the Farmyard”
  12. Learn the game for “Walking in the Farmyard”
  13. Play the game and sing “Walking in the Farmyard”
  14. Review “Old Gray Cat”
  15. Review the game for “Old Gray Cat”
  16. Sing and play the game “Old Gray Cat”
  17. Review “Wash Your Hands”
  18. Teach “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
  19. Optional: Complete the “All About Me” Worksheet
  20. Sing “Skinnamarink”

Extensions

About the ‘Back to School’ Lessons
Different school districts have different start dates, ranging from the end of July to after Labor Day. The Musicplay song sequence is designed to begin in the first week of September. For teachers whose schools start earlier than September, there are five ‘Back to School’ lessons provided. If your school year begins in August, start with ‘Back to School’ lesson 1. Once September begins, regardless of your start date, use the ‘September Week 1’ lesson.

Objectives

  • I can sing an echo.
  • I can echo rhythms.
  • I can sing and do movements to the beat.

Sing the echoes for “Time for Music”

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Song Used: Time for Music

Sing the echoes for “Time for Music”

Talk about beat.

This is an opening song that can be used for each music class throughout the year or throughout the first 17 lessons. In PreK, you can teach songs by rote or teach them by immersion. In rote teaching, you sing a phrase (or play a phrase in the recording) and the children echo. Then you combine phrases until children can echo the entire song. When you teach by immersion, you sing the song (or play the recording) and have the children do a movement while listening to the song. If teaching this song by immersion tell the students to copy your movements while they listen to the song. After doing the movements for several lessons, they will have “caught” the melody and can sing along.

When children know the song and are singing along, invite the children to create their own verses and movements.

At the end of each verse there is an eight beat interlude. During the eight beats continue the movement from the verse and count the beats. Tell the children that when they count to eight, they are counting the beats in the song and explain that beat in music is the steady pulse that you can feel, clap or dance to. I use hearts as a visual to show the beat, and print out 8 hearts to tap on to show the beat during the interlude.

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Say the “Hello Beat Chant”

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Song Used: Hello Beat Chant

Say the “Hello Beat Chant”

The beat chants are a great way to welcome your students to music class or music time. Some music teachers teach more than a thousand students each week and it can be very difficult to remember the names. Starting your class with a name chant establishes a routine, introduces the term “beat” and will help the teacher remember all of the names.

Say the preschool chant, patting a steady beat as you speak. Say hello to four students, then say the chant again. Say hello to them using 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-so-mi, so-la-so-mi-do or mi-re-do-do-do. In the chants where children say their own names, encourage them to use different voices.

Warm up with “Jig Jig Jiggles”

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Song Used: Jig Jig Jiggles

Warm up with “Jig Jig Jiggles”

Listen to the recording and have the students copy your movements as they listen. (This is teaching the song by immersion.)

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Echo Bobo

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Practice Item Used: Bobo

Echo Bobo

Echo what Bobo sings

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Sing “Welcome, Welcome”

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Song Used: Welcome, Welcome

Sing “Welcome, Welcome”

Listen to the song.
Play the video again and sing along!

Extensions:
1. Say "Welcome" to each student in your class and have the rest of class echo the same way you said it.
2. Use a high voice for one student, and a low voice for the next. The students who echo will experience high/low. Try loud/quiet, fast/slow, and singing using a variety of tone sets.
3. Keep a beat while you say the welcome. The first time, clap or pat the beat. In future weeks, play the beat on an instrument.
4. Discuss with the students the instrument that you used. For example if you use rhythm sticks, as the students questions such as:
• What are these called?
• What are they made of?
• How can I make sound on them? Try out different ways - tapping, clicking, drumming, scraping
• Classify the instrument as a wood, metal, shake/scrape or drum
In this way the students will learn about many of the classroom instruments!

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Option 1: Read the story “All Are Welcome”

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Option 1: Read the story “All Are Welcome”

Pause the video and sing the welcome song each time you hear the words, "All are welcome here."

This is a lovely, diverse storybook. If you are able to, order your own copy of it.
All Are Welcomeby Alexandra Penfold (Author), Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)

If you started in August Week 1 and have already read this story, read the So-Me Goes Missing Storybook instead. (below)

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Option 2: Read the story “So-me Goes Missing”

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Listening Selection Used: So-Me Goes Missing (Sounds Around Us)

Option 2: Read the story “So-me Goes Missing”

So-me Goes Missing Storybook
Listen to the story.
Every time there is a part that's sung, pause the video and echo the singing.

This book includes many sounds in the environment - sounds around us.
Have students close eyes for 20-30 seconds and listen.
Make a list of all the sounds the students can hear in the classroom.

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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

Review quickly if you did this in August lesson 1.

Teach “Music Room Rules”

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Unit Used: Back to School

Teach “Music Room Rules”

Read and Discuss the Music Room Rules.
Have the students give examples of good choices, being responsible, good manners, etc.

Keep the beat with the music

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Keep the beat with the music

The first time you do this, the teacher can be the leader. Ways to keep the beat might include patting legs, clapping, tapping nose, pulling ears, twisting, leaning left/right, reach up with arms - think of as many ways as you can!

Then, invite students to create ways to keep the beat. If your students sit in a circle go around the circle and encourage all students to take a turn to be leaders.

Teach “Walking in the Farmyard”

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Song Used: Walking in the Farmyard

Teach “Walking in the Farmyard”

Teach the song. With Kindergarten teach the song either by immersion or by rote. Explain the game and demonstrate what will happen if you are holding the “farmer” at the end of the song.

Learn the game for “Walking in the Farmyard”

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Song Used: Walking in the Farmyard

Learn the game for “Walking in the Farmyard”

To play the game, put your farm animal picture cards, or toy animals in the middle of the circle. Pass a picture of a farmer or a farmer toy around the circle as the class sings the song. At the end of the song, the child holding the farmer picture chooses an animal that he sees in the center and sings, “I see a ___ ___.” The class echoes. The child that sang should come to the front with his chosen animal. Pass the farmer again, and the next child to have the “farmer” at the end of the song chooses a second animal. Sing the second animal and then the first. Each child that chooses comes to the front of the class and sits in order to help remember all the animals that have been chosen. Sing all the animals each round, starting with the newest first.

Alternate way to play: Give each child a picture card. Sing the song, then several children can sing what they have, and all sing back, “You have a _____.” (We tried moving like animals and singing what animals the children were, but this was a spectacular failure. It was much too chaotic.)

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Play the game and sing “Walking in the Farmyard”

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Song Used: Walking in the Farmyard

Play the game and sing “Walking in the Farmyard”

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Review “Old Gray Cat”

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Review “Old Gray Cat”

Ask the children to tell you what a cat might do if it thinks that there is a mouse in the house. Tell them they are going to act out what the cat and the mouse might be doing as they listen to a song. Play them the song, and lead them in dramatizing the cat and mouse. Invite them to sing with you.

After dramatizing, ask the children which part of the song was the fastest. (verse 5) Ask them to tell you why this part might be faster than the other parts of the song.

Review the game for “Old Gray Cat”

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Review the game for “Old Gray Cat”

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Sing and play the game “Old Gray Cat”

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Sing and play the game “Old Gray Cat”

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Review “Wash Your Hands”

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Song Used: Wash Your Hands

Review “Wash Your Hands”

Watch the video.

Watch the video again and sing along!

Can you create movements to go with the music?

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Teach "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

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Song Used: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Teach "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Sing along with the video. Most students will know this song.

Extension:
• walk to the eighth notes and stretch to the quarter notes. Experiencing short and long notes through movement will help them understand the concept of short and long sounds when you label it.
• Play the words of the songs on instruments. Play the eighth notes on sticks and the quarter notes on a triangle or finger cymbal.
Teacher note - with very young students, I sometimes have them play a finger cymbal with a mallet instead of ringing one cymbal against the other. This activity will have students experience short and long sounds.

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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

Print and fill out the "All About Me" Worksheet.
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Save paper and ink and use your own paper and drawings to make your own "All About Me" sheet.

Omit if you have already done this activity in week 1.

Sing our goodbye song, "Skinnamarink"

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Song Used: Skinnamarink

Sing our goodbye song, "Skinnamarink"

"Skinnamarink" is the song we sing at the end of music class.

Watch the video and sing along!

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