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Looking to use Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 4 in your Kindergarten classroom?

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

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

Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 4

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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. Review different instruments using the “Mystery Box”
  7. Play along with “Play and Stop”
  8. Play along with “Play the Instruments Quickly”
  9. Practice Rhythm With Vegetable Rhythms
  10. Invite the students to create their own vegetable rhythms
  11. Optional: Play Trivia Wheel – 1 or 2 sounds Vegetable
  12. Teach “I’ve Got the Beat”
  13. Learn the actions for “I’ve Got the Beat”
  14. Do the actions and sing “I’ve Got the Beat”
  15. Move to the drum
  16. 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 move to music.

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!
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!

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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 “Clap! Stamp! Shake!”

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Warm up with “Clap! Stamp! Shake!”

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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 “Music Room Rules”

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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.

Review different instruments using the “Mystery Box”

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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”

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Play along with “Play and Stop”

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Play along with “Play the Instruments Quickly”

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Play along with “Play the Instruments Quickly”

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Practice Rhythm With Vegetable Rhythms

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Practice Rhythm With Vegetable Rhythms

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Invite the students to create their own vegetable rhythms

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Practice Item Used: Prepare Rhythm

Invite the students to create their own vegetable rhythms

Optional: Play Trivia Wheel - 1 or 2 sounds Vegetable

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Game Used: Trivia Wheel

Optional: Play Trivia Wheel - 1 or 2 sounds Vegetable

Teach “I’ve Got the Beat”

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Song Used: I’ve Got the Beat

Teach “I’ve Got the Beat”

Read and echo the words to the song "I've Got the Beat"
Teacher: reads a line Students: Echo
Try 2 lines - then 4

Skip ahead if students can sing the song.

Learn the actions for “I’ve Got the Beat”

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Song Used: I’ve Got the Beat

Learn the actions for “I’ve Got the Beat”

Do movements with JJ to the song "I've got the Beat"

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Do the actions and sing “I’ve Got the Beat”

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Do the actions and sing “I’ve Got the Beat”

Sing the whole song!

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Move to the drum

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Move to the drum

Have students stand and move in place to the drum.

Talk about the appropriate ways to move in the open space.
(no bumping or pushing, listen and move to the music)
If students are ready, have them move to the drum - or drum yourself and have students move and stop.

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Sing “Skinnamarink”

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Sing “Skinnamarink”

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