In this lesson, you will:

  •  #1 “Welcome to Music” – clap rhythms to the song
  • echo Bobo
  • #73 “When I Was One” – review the action song
  • #77 “Old Gray Cat” – fast and slow tempo, little book
  • Listening Kit 1#22 “The Cat” – review from Peter and the Wolf
  • Listening Kit 1 #6 “March of the Lions” – Carnival of the Animals
  • #80 “Lucky Leprechaun”

Review as Time Permits:

  • #74 “We Are Dancing in the Forest” – read rhythms, one sound or two activity

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can read rhythm and melody patterns.

Teaching Procedure

1 Do Body Percussion to “Welcome to Music”

Echo clap the rhythms in "Welcome to Music”.

The teacher claps the first pattern, and students clap the second.

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2 Echo Bobo

Echo the patterns that Bobo sings.

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Song Used: When I Was One

3 Review "When I was One"

Create your own movements.
Sing along.

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Song Used: The Old Gray Cat

4 Learn to sing #77 “Old Gray Cat”

Listen to the song, and make up movements that the words suggest.

Play the video again and sing along and dramatize the song.

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5 Hold a cat and mouse challenge

Zoom or in-person: Adapt the singing game. Create a challenge.

Choose one child to be a cat, and one to be a mouse. Both stand.

Issue a challenge. The first to complete the challenge and sit down is the winner.

For example: jump 10 times, crabwalk 5 steps, touch toes 10 times, do 10 criss-cross jumps...
Think up as many challenges as you can to get kids off-screen and moving!

Song Used: The Old Gray Cat

6 Optional: Illustrate a song storybook of "Old Gray Cat"

This activity is especially helpful for in-person music classes where you aren't allowed to sing.

It's a great way to use music to support literacy - and literacy to support music.

7 Review: #22 “The Cat” from Peter and the Wolf

Review "The Cat" from Peter and the Wolf

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8 Watch "Lions" from Carnival of the Animals

View the live footage video as an introduction to "Lions".

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9 Dramatize "Lions"

Create movement to dramatize what the lions are doing.

For example:
Introduction - pretend to sleep like a lion
Fanfare - pretend to play trumpets
Theme - prowl through the grass like a lion
Roar - show the roar with your arms. As the gets loud, spread your arms further apart

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10 Optional: Color and print the Lions coloring page

This printable will be the start of a Carnival of the Animals booklet.

There's a lion to color, and the parts of the listening map are illustrated.

This is good printing practice for your students, and will help them to learn about loud and quiet.

If you want to talk about crescendo, the roars are a great example.

Song Used: Lucky Leprechaun

11 Move to #80 “Lucky Leprechaun”

Invite the students to tell you what they know about leprechauns.
(if too many want to share, invite them to share with a neighbor)

Keep the beat as you listen to the song. The teacher could be the leader, or choose leaders from the class and have all copy the leader.

Play again and sing along

Adapt the game:
A section: march in place.
B section: do a “sailors horn pipe” - fold arms and jig in place.

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Song Used: We are Dancing in the Forest

12 Review as time permits #74 “We Are Dancing in the Forest”

Review the rhythm and solfa.

Sing the song.

Play the game as time permits.

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Song Used: The Music Time Is Over

13 Sing the echoes in "The Music Time is Over"

Sing "The Music Time is Over".

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