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Looking to use Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 5 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

Kindergarten Back To School – Lesson 5

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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. Move to “Music in Me”
  7. Echo the chicken
  8. Review “Soft Kitty”
  9. Review the actions for “Soft Kitty”
  10. Sing and do the actions for “Soft Kitty”
  11. Review “Old Gray Cat”
  12. Review the game for “Old Gray Cat”
  13. Sing and play the game “Old Gray Cat”
  14. Optional: Read “Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes”
  15. Review “I’ve Got the Beat”
  16. Review the action for “I’ve Got the Beat”
  17. Do the actions and sing “I’ve Got the Beat”
  18. Move to the drum
  19. 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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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.

Move to "Music in Me"

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Unit Used: Jump into Music

Move to "Music in Me"

Move with John and his jumparoos to the music.

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Echo the chicken

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Practice Item Used: mi so (m s)

Echo the chicken

Echo what the chicken sings.

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Review “Soft Kitty”

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Review “Soft Kitty”

Introduce the song by asking the children to “pet a kitty” while you sing. They will “pet” their hands as you sing. Then, invite the children to sing with you.

Discuss the song. Ask the children to tell you if you used a quiet voice or a loud voice. Have them tell you when someone might sing a quiet song. Ask them if anyone has ever sung them a lullaby. Discuss why a lullaby might be sung. Ask them if they’ve ever heard the song before. (They may have heard it on “Big Bang Theory.” On the show, Sheldon asks Penny to sing it for him when he isn’t feeling well.)

Review the actions for “Soft Kitty”

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Review the actions for “Soft Kitty”

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Sing and do the actions for “Soft Kitty”

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Sing and do the actions for “Soft Kitty”

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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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Optional: Read “Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes”

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Optional: Read “Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes”

The message of the story is that new places aren’t scary - they are just new. It’s best to have the recording of the book when you present it to the children, because the repeating rhyme is not notated. After the children have heard the rhyme once, invite them to join in and sing along.

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Review “I’ve Got the Beat”

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Song Used: I’ve Got the Beat

Review “I’ve Got the Beat”

To teach by rote: Play a phrase and have students echo.

Review the action for “I’ve Got the Beat”

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Review the action for “I’ve Got the Beat”

Copy the movements!

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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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Song Used: Move to the Drum 2

Move to the drum

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Sing “Skinnamarink”

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Sing “Skinnamarink”

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