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Looking to use Kindergarten Lesson 22 in your Kindergarten classroom?

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

You'll also cover the themes of: Animal Songs, Our Musical World, Friendship, Oceania

Kindergarten Lesson 22

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Sing the echoes in “Welcome to School”
  2. Sing to Melody the Elephant
  3. Teach the dance to “Wallaby Hop”
  4. Learn about kangaroos
  5. Listen to the poem and create movement for “Kangaroo” from Carnival of the Animals
  6. Dramatize a story with “Kangaroos”
  7. Teach “Kangaroo”
  8. Play the “Kangaroo” game
  9. Point to the beat as you sing “Kangaroo”
  10. Take beats away and sing the song “in your head”
  11. Optional: Clap the rhythm of “Kangaroo” song
  12. Optional: Is there one or two sounds on a beat?
  13. Read the story “Why I Love Australia”
  14. Review “The More We Get Together”
  15. Do the actions for “The More We Get Together”
  16. Sing and move to “Skinnamarink”

Extensions:

Musicplay is a menu. The teacher is not expected to teach every song or activity. Choose the songs and activities from the list that will best fit your schedule and the needs of your students.

Objectives

  • I can make up my own melodies.
  • I can move and dance to music.
  • I can show beat and rhythm.
  • I can show short and long sounds through movement.

Sing the echoes in “Welcome to School”

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Sing the echoes in “Welcome to School”

Sing the echoes in “Welcome to School”.

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Sing to Melody the Elephant

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Sing to Melody the Elephant

Practice distinguishing between speaking and singing voices by introducing a toy elephant named Melody.

Melody the elephant will do what the students tell her, if they tell her in a “singing voice.” If they speak, she does nothing.

Tell Melody to “jump up and down” using a speaking voice.
Melody won’t move. Then sing to Melody to “jump up and down” and make your elephant jump.

Invite the students to sing to Melody what to do. The demo that follows will show how to do this.

This is a preschool class with children ages 3-4-5.

A few children in this age group were able to sing to Melody, but many needed help.

Keep bringing your "Melody Elephant" back to class until your students can sing to her!

Substitute whatever stuffed animal you have - Melody Monkey would work just as well!

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Teach the dance to “Wallaby Hop”

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Teach the dance to “Wallaby Hop”

Teach the song by rote. Use this song as a movement activity. Copy the movements for the dance or have the students create their own!

The wallaby comes from Australia, but is not a kangaroo. Google "wallaby" to learn more.

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Learn about kangaroos

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Listening Selection Used: “Kangaroos” from Carnival of the Animals

Learn about kangaroos

Read the slides to learn some fun facts about kangaroos.

Listen to the poem and create movement for “Kangaroo” from Carnival of the Animals

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Listening Selection Used: “Kangaroos” from Carnival of the Animals

Listen to the poem and create movement for “Kangaroo” from Carnival of the Animals

While students listen, ask them to think about whether the notes are long or short.

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Dramatize a story with "Kangaroos"

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Listening Selection Used: “Kangaroos” from Carnival of the Animals

Dramatize a story with "Kangaroos"

Ask students to pretend they are a mama kangaroo who's lost her baby.

When they hear "jumping" or short sounds, they jump to where they think they see their baby.

When they hear "looking" or long sounds, they look for baby.

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Teach “Kangaroo”

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Song Used: Kangaroo

Teach “Kangaroo”

Teach the song by rote. Teach the song by singing or playing a phrase and having students sing back to you.

Play the “Kangaroo” game

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Play the “Kangaroo” game

The students sit in a circle with one student in the middle with eyes closed. The students sing the first three phrases. While they sing, the teacher chooses one child to sit behind the student in the middle. The chosen student sings the last phrase, "Guess who's caught you just for fun?" The first student must guess who it is.

Keep track on your class list of who's had a turn to be in the middle, and who's had a turn to sing alone. In the first class that you play the game, give half your students a turn in the middle adn the other half a turn to sing alone. In the second class that you play the game give each group the chance to do the reverse. In this way, all students are involved in some way both classes and the class doesn't get restless waiting for their turn.

Teacher note: We don't have a kids demo for "Kangaroo". If your students would like to see themselves on MusicplayOnline please review the submission requirements here: https://help.musicplay.ca/can-i-submit-a-kids-demo

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Point to the beat as you sing “Kangaroo”

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Point to the beat as you sing “Kangaroo”

In this activity students learn to point to the beat.
As well, they practice tracking from left to right.

A beat pointing page will soon be available for this song. Students benefit from tapping the beat on the pointing page manipulative even more than they do from watching the projected visual. Project the visual first so you can model how to point to the beat. Then, copy the pointing page for each student and they can tap the beat themselves.

Take beats away and sing the song “in your head”

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Take beats away and sing the song “in your head”

The purpose of this exercise is to help students develop "audiation" or "inner hearing".

Click on some beats. The students won't sing out loud on those beats. They'll sing them "in their head".

I like to keep taking away beats until students sing just the first and last notes.

Optional: Clap the rhythm of “Kangaroo” song

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Optional: Clap the rhythm of “Kangaroo” song

If you have had your students tap the beat many times, they may be ready to learn about rhythm.

In Musicplay, rhythm is defined for very young students as "the way the words go."

Sing the song and clap the words.

Optional: Is there one or two sounds on a beat?

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Optional: Is there one or two sounds on a beat?

Clap and sing the words in a box and ask your students, "Is it one sound or two".

This is preparing students to learn that one sound on a beat is a quarter note. (ta or du)
Two sounds on a beat are eighth notes. (ti-ti)

Use the rhythm names that you prefer in naming the notes.

Read the story “Why I Love Australia”

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Read the story “Why I Love Australia”

The story starts at 2:10. The reader has an Australian accent.

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Review “The More We Get Together”

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Review “The More We Get Together”

This is a song to encourage friendship and to practice the names of your class. When the singer leaves a space, insert the names of the children in your class.

You might invite students to discuss what makes a good friend, and how they can be a good friend to others.

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Do the actions for “The More We Get Together”

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Do the actions for “The More We Get Together”

Create actions to accompany the song. The actions could be as simple as swaying left and right on phrases 1, 2 and 4. On phrase 3, motion “out” for “your friends” and motion “to self” for “my friends.”

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Sing and move to “Skinnamarink”

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Sing and move to “Skinnamarink”

Sing and move to “Skinnamarink”.

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