Skip to main content

Loading

+ + +

Looking to use Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 3 in your Kindergarten classroom?

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

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

Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 3

Start Lesson

Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Sing “Welcome, Welcome”
  2. Say the “Hello Beat Chant”
  3. Warm up with “Clap! Stamp! Shake!”
  4. Discuss How Tos and What Ifs
  5. Review “Music Room Rules”
  6. Move to the Beat
  7. Review different instruments using the “Mystery Box”
  8. Play along with “Play and Stop”
  9. Play along with “Play the Instruments Quickly”
  10. Practice Rhythm With Fruit Rhythms
  11. Invite the students to create their own fruit rhythms
  12. Optional: Play Trivia Wheel – 1 or 2 sounds Fruit
  13. Review “Walking in the Farmyard”
  14. Review the game for “Walking in the Farmyard”
  15. Play the game and sing “Walking in the Farmyard”
  16. Optional: Read the story “The Listening Walk”
  17. Optional: Complete the “All About Me” Worksheet
  18. 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 “Welcome, Welcome”

Copy Link
Song Used: Welcome, Welcome

Sing “Welcome, Welcome”

Listen to the song.
Play the video again and sing along!
New! If you have Orff instruments - teach the children how to hold the mallets and have them play a solid bordun on C-G.

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!

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Say the “Hello Beat Chant”

Copy Link
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 “Clap! Stamp! Shake!”

Copy Link
Song Used: Clap! Stamp! Shake!

Warm up with “Clap! Stamp! Shake!”

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Discuss How Tos and What Ifs

Copy Link
Unit Used: Back to School

Discuss How Tos and What Ifs

Review “Music Room Rules”

Copy Link
Unit Used: Back to School

Review “Music Room Rules”

Read and Discuss the Music Room Rules.

Have the students give examples of good choices, being responsible, good manners, etc.

Extension: Give your students a piece of paper, and have them draw a picture of how they could follow one rule.

Move to the Beat

Copy Link
Practice Item Used: Prepare Rhythm

Move to the Beat

The first time you do this, copy the video

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.

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Review different instruments using the “Mystery Box”

Copy Link
Song Used: Mystery Box

Review different instruments using the “Mystery Box”

Put 5-6 instruments in a box so the children can’t see what you're playing. Play it, and they identify the instrument. It’s a great way to introduce them to the timbre of unpitched instruments, and to help build their vocabulary as they learn the names of all the instruments!

Play along with “Play and Stop”

Copy Link
Song Used: Play and Stop

Play along with “Play and Stop”

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Play along with “Play the Instruments Quickly”

Copy Link
Song Used: Play the Instruments Quickly

Play along with “Play the Instruments Quickly”

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Practice Rhythm With Fruit Rhythms

Copy Link
Practice Item Used: Prepare Rhythm

Practice Rhythm With Fruit Rhythms

Watch the video, say the fruit rhythms, and echo the teacher.

You will say the rhythms with the students on the recording.

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Invite the students to create their own fruit rhythms

Copy Link
Practice Item Used: Prepare Rhythm

Invite the students to create their own fruit rhythms

Copy and cut out the Apple-Plum cards found in supporting resources.
If time permits, have your students create their own fruit rhythms.

Optional: Play Trivia Wheel - 1 or 2 sounds Fruit

Copy Link
Game Used: Trivia Wheel

Optional: Play Trivia Wheel - 1 or 2 sounds Fruit

Review “Walking in the Farmyard”

Copy Link
Song Used: Walking in the Farmyard

Review “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.

Review the game for “Walking in the Farmyard”

Copy Link
Song Used: Walking in the Farmyard

Review 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.)

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Play the game and sing “Walking in the Farmyard”

Copy Link
Song Used: Walking in the Farmyard

Play the game and sing “Walking in the Farmyard”

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Optional: Read the story "The Listening Walk"

Copy Link
Unit Used: Storybooks

Optional: Read the story "The Listening Walk"

Consider reading the story, "The Listening Walk" to your students. Then do a "listen" in your classroom and create a list of all the things you can hear.

Video not working? Try a different video source.

Optional: Complete the “All About Me” Worksheet

Copy Link
Unit Used: Back to School

Optional: Complete the “All About Me” Worksheet

Print and fill out the "All About Me" Worksheet.
-or-
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 “Skinnamarink”

Copy Link
Song Used: Skinnamarink

Sing “Skinnamarink”

Video not working? Try a different video source.
Exit Fullscreen