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Looking to use PreK Lesson 28 in your PreK classroom?

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

You'll also cover the themes of: Alphabet Songs, Animal Songs, Insects, Seasons, Spring, Eras in Music, Romantic, Bunnies

PreK Lesson 28

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Sing the echoes for “Time for Music”
  2. Say the “Hello Beat Chant”
  3. Optional: Play on tone bars
  4. Teach “Rain Rain”
  5. Learn the Pitter Patter Poem
  6. Use the song “Rain Rain” and the Pitter Patter Poem in a story
  7. Review “Little Rabbit Foo Foo”
  8. Read the “Icky Inchworm” story
  9. Teach “Letter I”
  10. Teach “Icky Inchworm”
  11. Sing “Icky Inchworm” and copy the movements
  12. Optional: Practice printing the letter I
  13. Learn the actions for “Chook, Chook”
  14. Say “Chook, Chook”
  15. Teach “Shakin’ Eggs”
  16. Dramatize “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks”
  17. Sing and do the actions for “Sleepy Bunnies”
  18. Sing “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 play instruments with poems
  • I can respond to music using dramatization

Sing the echoes for “Time for Music”

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Song Used: Time for Music

Sing the echoes for “Time for Music”

Sing Time for Music with the lyrics video.

Count the beats at the end of each verse.

Think up new ways that you could keep a beat, and sing your new verses.

Numeracy: Counting is numeracy! Cut out 8 hearts and have children tap on the hearts as they count. Take 2 away. Have them count the hearts now - 1-2-3-4-5-6.
In a study at Northwestern University, researchers have linked the ability to keep a beat to reading and language skills.
Read more here: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2013/09/the-importance-of-keeping-the-beat/

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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 (high or low; lower or quiet) play on egg shakers.

Optional: Play on tone bars

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Optional: Play on tone bars

Give out C and G. Play 1-2-3-4, then stop and put the mallets on legs. Play 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 then say, “Stop!” and put mallets in lap. If using Orff instruments, remove all the B’s and F’s and students play any two notes on the numbers.

Teach “Rain Rain”

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Song Used: Rain Rain

Teach “Rain Rain”

Watch and Listen to the Song, "Rain Rain."

Play it again and sing along.

The children have practiced keeping a beat in many activities throughout “Musicplay PreK” If they have not had the opportunity to keep a beat on an instrument, this is an easy song to accompany. If you have Orff instruments, you could have the children play a simple bordun on C and G: ta ta | ta ta

If you don’t have Orff instruments you could use resonator bells
instead. If you don’t have any pitched instruments, have the children keep a beat with whatever rhythm instruments you do have. (egg shakers or sticks)

Use this song to reinforce high-low and to prepare the reading of so-mi by charting how it goes higher and lower with shapes on a magnetic board. You could use raindrop shapes or umbrella shapes.

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Learn the Pitter Patter Poem

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Song Used: Rain Rain

Learn the Pitter Patter Poem

Learn the Pitter Patter Poem

Try adding sounds to the poem.

Tap a finger on a table, your hand or a small drum to make the sound of rain.

- or - gently play a shaker

Decide which sound you like the best.

Use the song "Rain Rain" and the Pitter Patter Poem in a story

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Song Used: Rain Rain

Use the song "Rain Rain" and the Pitter Patter Poem in a story

Use the song "Rain Rain" and the Pitter Patter Poem in a story.

Watch and listen to the story.

When the Pitter Patter poem comes, say it and make your sound.

When the song comes, sing along.

Make other sounds as they occur in the story.
Splash! - make a loud sound on shakers or on an ocean drum
windshield wipers "swish swish" - scrape pool noodle scrapers

Literacy: Students develop deeper knowledge of words that were taught with an associated sound effect. Read more: https://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/rrq.280

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Review “Little Rabbit Foo Foo”

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Song Used: Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Review “Little Rabbit Foo Foo”

Movement Extension: Have the children act out or dramatize the song. When Little Rabbit Foo Foo hops through the forest, the children hop. When you say, “Down came the good fairy” show high-low with your hands and voice. You can also try this with a large stretchy band in a circle, or add scarves/ribbons.

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Read the “Icky Inchworm” story

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Song Used: I – Icky Inchworm

Read the “Icky Inchworm” story

Introduce the letter song by showing the children the poster and telling them the story. Sing the phonics song, and teach the action song. Invite the children to dramatize the story and song.

Story:
Icky Inchworm lived in an apple tree. Icky was sad because he wanted to see the world, but all he could see were the branches and leaves of the tree. He looked this way and that way, but the leaves on the tree were too thick to see through. Icky decided to climb to the very top of the tree. Surely from the top of the tree he’d be able to see the world.

Icky started to climb up the apple tree. His legs were very short so he couldn’t climb very fast. He got really hungry, so he’d have to stop and eat. But he kept climbing. Day after day, Icky inched toward the top of the tree. If he didn’t have to stop and eat, he would have gotten to the top more quickly, but he was so hungry that he had to eat a lot. He didn’t give up. All through the spring and all through the summer, Icky climbed up the tree. When fall came, Icky made it to the very top of the apple tree!

Icky Inchworm was excited because for the first time in his life he
could see the world. He could see in every direction without any leaves to block his view. Icky was happy. He could see the world.

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Teach “Letter I”

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Song Used: I – Icky Inchworm

Teach “Letter I”

Teach “Letter I”.

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Teach “Icky Inchworm”

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Teach “Icky Inchworm”

Teach “Icky Inchworm”

Play it again and sing along.

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Sing “Icky Inchworm” and copy the movements

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Song Used: I – Icky Inchworm

Sing “Icky Inchworm” and copy the movements

Sing “Icky Inchworm” and copy the movements

One of you is the "tree" and the other is the "inchworm." The one who is the "inchworm" crawls his fingers up the arm of the one who is the "tree."

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Optional: Practice printing the letter I

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Song Used: I – Icky Inchworm

Optional: Practice printing the letter I

Learn the actions for “Chook, Chook”

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Song Used: Chook, Chook

Learn the actions for “Chook, Chook”

Learn the actions for “Chook, Chook”

- say the words and do the movements

- teachers: invite students to say the poem loud/quiet or fast/slow

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Say “Chook, Chook”

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Say “Chook, Chook”

Say “Chook, Chook”

Literacy: Fingerplays are important tools to help children develop fluency and rhythm in language. They also learn new vocabulary and comprehension as they show with their hands what the words mean. They also develop fine muscle skills as they manipulate their fingers.

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Teach “Shakin’ Eggs”

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Song Used: Shakin’ Eggs

Teach “Shakin’ Eggs”

Hand out egg shakers. Say the poem and play eggs with the poem. When you say high, shake eggs up high. When you say ‘low’ shake the eggs down low. Say and play it again inviting the children to say the poem with you.

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Dramatize “Ballet of the unhatched Chicks”

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Song Used: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks

Dramatize “Ballet of the unhatched Chicks”

Play eggs with it, pretending to be chicks trying to get out of the egg. Listen again and dramatize. ‘Peck’ on the short notes and ‘rest’ on the long notes. Tell them the egg shell is really hard and they won’t get out until the very end.

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Sing and do the actions for “Sleepy Bunnies”

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Song Used: Sleepy Bunnies

Sing and do the actions for “Sleepy Bunnies”

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Sing “Skinnamarink”

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Song Used: Skinnamarink

Sing “Skinnamarink”

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