In this lesson you will

  • read the rhythms and sing solfa notes to  the song, “Old Dog Full of Fleas”
  • sing the song and play the game “Old Dog Full of Fleas”
  • create a word rhythm composition with “bugs”

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can read the rhythms and sing solfa notes
  • I can sing the song and play the game "Old Dog Full of Fleas"
  • I can create a word rhythm

Teaching Procedure

Song Used: Old Dog Full of Fleas

1 Echo Rhythms

Echo the rhythms that you hear.

Song Used: Old Dog Full of Fleas

2 Echo the Rhythms in the song, "Old Dog, Full of Fleas."

Echo the Rhythms in the song, "Old Dog, Full of Fleas."

In this video, Mrs. Gagne will read one measure of the rhythm, and you'll say it back.

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Song Used: Old Dog Full of Fleas

3 Echo the Melody and the Solfa in the song, "Old Dog, Full of Fleas."

Echo the Melody and the Solfa in the song, "Old Dog, Full of Fleas."

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Song Used: Old Dog Full of Fleas

4 Read and Sing the words of the song, "Old Dog Full of Fleas"

Read and Sing the words of the song, "Old Dog Full of Fleas"

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Song Used: Old Dog Full of Fleas

5 Watch how the Kids play the game for "Old Dog Full of Fleas."

Watch how the Kids play the game for "Old Dog Full of Fleas."

If you have enough people in your house, try playing the game.

Form a single circle. One child hides their eyes in the middle. While you sing the song pass a “flea” around the circle. At the end of the song, all hide their hands behind their backs (including the one who has it) and the child in the middle guesses who has it.

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Song Used: Old Dog Full of Fleas

6 Create a Bug Composition

A flea is one kind of bug. There are lots of creepy crawlies.

Make a word rhythm composition using different kinds of bugs.

Sing the song as an A section.

Then perform your word rhythm as a B section.

Song Used: Old Dog Full of Fleas

7 Create a print version of your Bug Composition

If you have a printer, print the Bug Composition worksheet.

If you don't have a printer, fold a piece of paper in half, then in half again making 8 boxes.
Draw or print a bug in each square.

8 Suggested Assessments

Assessment may not be required for your school or district.

Your teacher may ask you to email one of the suggested assessments.

9 Music IS Literacy

Parents, Teachers and Administration:

Music education is important for children.

Whether in class or at home, keep our children singing, playing, moving, listening and creating music!