Grade 1 Lesson 15

In this lesson, we will:

  • #1 “Welcome to Music” – sing the echoes
  •  #51 “Bells on the Sleigh” – learn to sing and play the song, and learn about families of unpitched instruments.
  • move with hands or plates to “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from the Nutcracker
  • move with hands or plates to “Chinese Dance” from the Nutcracker
  • watch the story of the Nutcracker and learn about the composer
  • #49 “Up on the Housetop”

If you have additional time do request and review:

  • go to the Grade 1 song list and choose from songs #46-54
  • play Games for Grade 1

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can read rhythms and melodies.
  • I can create movement to music.

Teaching Procedure

Song Used: Welcome to Music

1 Sing the echoes for “Welcome to Music”

Sing the echoes for “Welcome to Music”.

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Song Used: The Bells on the Sleigh

2 Learn to sing and play #51 "Bells on the Sleigh"

Learn to sing and play #51 "Bells on the Sleigh".

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3 Sort the instruments into families of unpitched

Sort the instruments into families of unpitched.

4 Explore the virtual unpitched instruments

Explore the virtual unpitched instruments.

Play them, then discuss which family they belong to.

5 Play with hands or paper plates along with "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"

Play with hands or paper plates along with "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy".

You could also cut circles out of paper to use instead of paper plates.

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6 Move with hands or plates to "Chinese Dance" from the Nutcracker

Move with hands or plates to "Chinese Dance" from the Nutcracker.
You could also cut circles out of paper to use instead of paper plates.

Divide your class into 3 groups. Give each group a different colored plate.
(substitute scarves or use hands if you don't have props)

Copy the movements you see on the video, or create your own.

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7 Watch the story of the Nutcracker

Watch the story of the Nutcracker.

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8 Learn about the composer of the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky

Learn about the composer of the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky.

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Song Used: Up on the Housetop

9 Review #49 "Up on the Housetop"

Review #49 "Up on the Housetop".

If you have additional time, go to the song list for Grade 1 and review any of the December songs or activities you like!

Songs #46-53 are the December songs in the song list.

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10 Optional: Request and Review music games (Classic Site)

Request and review music games .

Games 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15 are good games for Grade 1.

11 Optional: Request and Review music games (Beta Site)

Request and review music games .

'Which Rhythm', 'Match the Melody', 'Beat or Rhythm', 'Beat or No Beat', 'Up and Down', 'Major Minor', 'Smooth or Separated', 'Loud and Quiet', 'High Low', and 'Fast Slow' are good games for Grade 1.

Song Used: The Music Time Is Over

12 Sing, "The Music Time is Over"

Sing "The Music Time is Over".

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