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Looking to use PreK Lesson 16 in your PreK classroom?

While teaching this learning module you will cover multiple concepts including: Beat, Expression

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

PreK Lesson 16

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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. Sing to Melody the Elephant
  4. Watch the bunny eating the snowman’s carrot nose!
  5. Teach “Chubby Little Snowman”
  6. Teach the movements for “Chubby Little Snowman”
  7. Teach “I Made a Snowman”
  8. Do the actions for “I Made a Snowman”
  9. Optional: Create a word rhythm pattern with the words “snowman” and “hat”
  10. Teach “Snowflakes are Falling”
  11. Move with hands/scarves to “Snowflakes are Falling”
  12. Listen to Ellie Elephant’s Story
  13. Sing Short Letter E
  14. Teach “Ellie Elephant”
  15. Sing and move to “Ellie Elephant”
  16. Optional: Complete the Letter E worksheet
  17. Teach “Elephants Have Wrinkles”
  18. Sing and move to “Elephants Have Wrinkles”
  19. Watch “Elephant” from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens
  20. Move to “Elephant” from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens
  21. Optional: Read the story “Elmer the Elephant”
  22. Optional: Color Elmer Interactive
  23. Sing our closing song “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 sing and move to music.
  • I can create movements.
  • I can show how notes go from high to low.

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 a tambourine.

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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Watch the bunny eating the snowman's carrot nose!

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Song Used: Chubby Little Snowman

Watch the bunny eating the snowman's carrot nose!

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Teach "Chubby Little Snowman"

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Song Used: Chubby Little Snowman

Teach "Chubby Little Snowman"

Say the poem for the children and demonstrate the actions. Invite the children to say the poem and do the actions with you. Ask the students to tell you which words in the last line should be the loudest. (crunch!) Ask them if there are other words in the poem that should be said louder.
To keep your students engaged when doing a fingerplay four or five times, explore many ways to perform it. Say the poem in a quiet voice, then in a loud voice. Say the poem slowly and then say it quickly. Say it in a high voice and then in a low voice. Not only does this keep students engaged, it’s giving them the opportunity to experience all of those musical concepts

Teach the movements for "Chubby Little Snowman"

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Teach the movements for "Chubby Little Snowman"

A Chubby little snowman, (make a big circle with your arms)
Had a carrot for a nose. (show a carrot where your nose is)
Along came a bunny, (make bunny ears (peace sign) with fingers and hop 4 times)
And what do you suppose? (gesture “why” with palms up)
That hungry little bunny, (rub your tummy)
Looking for his lunch, (look out)
Ate the snowman’s carrot nose, (mime eating)
Nibble, nibble, crunch! (grab with fists two times with small motions, and one big motion)

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Teach "I Made a Snowman"

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Song Used: I Made a Snowman

Teach "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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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.

Teach "Snowflakes are Falling"

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Song Used: Snowflakes Are Falling

Teach "Snowflakes are Falling"

Give the children scarves and have them move to the music with the scarves. I have my students stand in one place for the sung section of the song, then use locomotor movement to the instrumental part. The best size scarves for preschoolers are 24” squares, but you can use any size that you have.

Move with hands/scarves to "Snowflakes are Falling"

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Move with hands/scarves to "Snowflakes are Falling"

Move with hands/scarves to "Snowflakes are Falling".

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Listen to Ellie Elephant's Story

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Song Used: E – Ellie Elephant

Listen to Ellie Elephant's Story

Ellie Elephant lived in an elephant sanctuary in Kenya. Elephants eat as much as 600 pounds of food each day. The large elephants would eat the grass, leaves and twigs. Most of the elephants were bigger than Ellie was, and they would eat up most of the grass and twigs before she could. Ellie was always hungry. Whenever Ellie saw some grass that had been left by the bigger elephants, she’d eat it up. When Ellie didn’t get enough to eat, she’d wander near the neighboring farms and eat the farmer’s hay, cabbage, or vegetables.

The farmers were afraid she would eat all of their crops and they wouldn’t have food for their families. They took Ellie back to the sanctuary and asked the elephant helpers to please give the small elephant her food first so she’d have enough to eat. After that, the workers at the sanctuary gave the small elephants their food first so they didn’t have to eat the farmer’s crops. Ellie Elephant was happy to have lots of food to eat.

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Sing Short Letter E

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Song Used: E – Ellie Elephant

Sing Short Letter E

Sing Short Letter E.

Teach "Ellie Elephant"

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Song Used: E – Ellie Elephant

Teach "Ellie Elephant"

Sing and move to "Ellie Elephant".

Sing and move to "Ellie Elephant"

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Sing and move to "Ellie Elephant"

Sing and move to "Ellie Elephant".

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Optional: Complete the Letter E worksheet

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Song Used: E – Ellie Elephant

Optional: Complete the Letter E worksheet

Complete the Letter E worksheet, or practice printing e and E on plain paper.

Teach "Elephants Have Wrinkles"

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Song Used: Elephants Have Wrinkles

Teach "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!

Sing and move to "Elephants Have Wrinkles"

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Sing and move to "Elephants Have Wrinkles"

Sing and move to "Elephants Have Wrinkles".

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Watch "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

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Song Used: Elephant from Carnival of the Animals

Watch "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

Watch "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens.

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Move to "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

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Move to "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

Move to "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

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Optional: Read the story "Elmer the Elephant"

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Optional: Read the story "Elmer the Elephant"

Read the story "Elmer the Elephant".

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Optional: Color Elmer Interactive

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Optional: Color Elmer Interactive

Sing our closing song "Skinnamarink"

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Sing our closing song "Skinnamarink"

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