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Looking to use PreK Extra January Lesson in your PreK classroom?

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

You'll also cover the themes of: Elephants, Winter, Animal Songs

PreK Extra January Lesson

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Sing the echos for “It’s Music Time”
  2. Say the “Hello Beat Chant”
  3. Review all the instruments using the Mystery Box
  4. Sing to Melody the Elephant
  5. Teach “The Elephant Goes”
  6. Do the actions for “Elephant Goes”
  7. Review “Elephants Have Wrinkles”
  8. Move to “Elephants” from Carnival of the Animals
  9. Review “I Made a Snowman”
  10. Do the actions for “I Made a Snowman”
  11. Optional: Create a word rhythm pattern with the words “snowman” and “hat”
  12. Learn the song “Frosty Weather”
  13. Optional: Read the storybook “Millions of Snowflakes”
  14. Review “Letter F”
  15. Review “Fin the Fish”
  16. Sing and move to “Fin the Fish”
  17. Review “Baby Shark”
  18. Sing our closing song “Skinnamarink”

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 sing and move to music.
  • I can keep the beat.

Sing the echos for “It’s Music Time”

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Song Used: It’s Music Time

Sing the echos for “It’s Music Time”

Sing the echos for “It’s Music Time”.

Find something to use for instruments. Play along!

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Say the "Hello Beat Chant"

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Song Used: Hello Beat Chant

Say the "Hello Beat Chant"

Sing hellos in different ways. Pat the beat or play on jingle bells.

Review all the instruments using the Mystery Box

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Review all the instruments using the Mystery Box

After a few weeks, you will have shown the students several instruments. I like to do an activity I call the Mystery Box. I put 5-6 instruments in a box so the children can’t see what I’m playing. I 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!

This month we have used: jingle bells, tambourines, hand drums, and triangles.

Sing to Melody the Elephant

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Song Used: Melody the Elephant

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 children 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 children to sing to Melody what to do. This activity helps the students to learn the difference between singing and speaking voices. It’s also great to encourage solo singing. You can soon tell who is matching pitch and who you need to work with when they sing to Melody.

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Teach "The Elephant Goes"

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Song Used: The Elephant Goes

Teach "The Elephant Goes"

Say the fingerplay for your students with the actions. (or show them the kids demo video) Then, invite the children to do the actions with you while you say it. Ask the children which parts of the fingerplay might be said quietly, and which parts would be said loudly. Perform it with the dynamics that they suggest, and ask if changing the dynamics helps to show what the poem is about.

Do the actions for "Elephant Goes"

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Do the actions for "Elephant Goes"

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Review "Elephants Have Wrinkles"

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Review "Elephants Have Wrinkles"

Sing (or play) the song for your students and invite them to do the actions with you as you sing. (or show them the kids demo video) Then, invite the children to sing all the echoes in the song and do the actions. The repetitive verses in this song make it easy for the children learn, and they LOVE this song!

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Move to "Elephants" from Carnival of the Animals

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Listening Selection Used: “The Elephant” from Carnival of the Animals

Move to "Elephants" from Carnival of the Animals

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Review "I Made a Snowman"

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Review "I Made a Snowman"

Invite the children to do the movements with you while you sing the song. Sing it again, and invite the children to sing the echo parts. Finally, teach them the last phrase and tell them to sing it each time it occurs.

Do the actions for "I Made a Snowman"

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Do the actions for "I Made a Snowman"

Do the actions for "I Made a Snowman".

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Optional: Create a word rhythm pattern with the words "snowman" and "hat"

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Song Used: I Made a Snowman

Optional: Create a word rhythm pattern with the words "snowman" and "hat"

Optional: Create a word rhythm pattern with the words "snowman" and "hat"
Choose body percussion or instruments to play the sounds.
This prepares your students to learn when there are one or two sounds on a beat.

Do this as a teacher-led activity, and then leave this activity as a center for the class.

Learn the song "Frosty Weather"

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Song Used: Frosty Weather

Learn the song "Frosty Weather"

Children join hands and circle left as they sing. On the words, “We all go together”, they raise hands and swoop to the center of the circle. Invite the children to think of other kinds of weather. (sunny, rainy, foggy, windy) If you have barred instruments (xylophones, metallophones) have some
children accompany with a solid bordun while you sing the song. Have students show how the melody goes with arm motions

Optional: Read the storybook "Millions of Snowflakes"

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Song Used: Frosty Weather

Optional: Read the storybook "Millions of Snowflakes"

You could use the song as an interlude between parts of a story book. The story, “Millions of Snowflakes” will work really well for this. In this book a little girl counts snowflakes. Sing the song after the poem for each number.

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Review "Letter F"

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Song Used: F – Fin the Fish

Review "Letter F"

Review "Fin the Fish"

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Review "Fin the Fish"

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Sing and move to "Fin the Fish"

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Sing and move to "Fin the Fish"

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Review "Baby Shark"

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Review "Baby Shark"

Listen to the song and invite the children to do the actions with you while you listen. After listening to a few verses, ask the children to sing the “do do” part. Soon the children will be able to sing along to the whole song. Invite children to make up verses about other members of the shark family - Aunty Shark, Uncle Shark, etc.)

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Sing our closing song “Skinnamarink”

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Sing our closing song “Skinnamarink”

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