Grade 2 Lesson 14

In this lesson you will

review #40 “Oh Hanukkah” and create a dance to the song

Sing and play #43 “Ring the Bells”

Sing and create movements for #44 “Rocks for Christmas”

Watch the story of the Nutcracker and play rhythm flashcards with the Overture.

Move with scarves to the music of Trepak from the Nutcracker

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music
  • I can listen and respond to music
  • I can describe families of unpitched instruments

Teaching Procedure

1 Sing the echoes in #1 "Welcome to Music"

Sing the echoes in #1 "Welcome to Music"

Invite students to be the leader and have the class echo

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2 Review #40 "O Hanukkah"

Review #40 "O Hanukkah"

Did you create a dance in Dec. week 1? If not, try creating a dance now.

If you did, review the dance that you created.

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3 Sing song #43 "Ring the Bells" and play instruments with the song

Sing song #43 "Ring the Bells" and play instruments with the song

If you're at home, find things at home to use for instruments. The song calls for bells, sticks and drums.
sticks = wooden spoons or tap on a wooden cutting board
bells: For bells in the song, if you have some small bells you can put on a pipe cleaner, shake them. If not, use shakers.
shakers = fill small containers with macaroni, rice, popcorn or other small things
drums = use an ice cream bucket, large bowl or even a cardboard box

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4 Sing with the kids and play along

Sing with the kids and play along

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5 Explore playing unpitched instruments

Explore playing unpitched instruments

Try out all the unpitched instruments in the Virtual Instruments activity.

If you have 2 devices, use these instruments to play along with the song.

Optional: Create a rhythm composition to play on the virtual instruments!

6 Sort the Instruments into families

Sort the Instruments into families:

woods
metals
shakes/scrapes
drums

Hint: Some instruments can be in two families.
Don't look ahead - do your sort, and check your answers after you've done it.

7 Don't Peek until you've sorted your own!

Don't Peek until you've sorted your own!

Here are the answers to the instrument sort activity.

8 Learn to sing #44 "Rocks for Christmas" and create movement to accompany the song

Learn to sing #44 "Rocks for Christmas" and create movement to accompany the song.

Teach the song by rote.
Sing a phrase and have the students echo.
OR
Play the video, and pause at the end of the line, and have the students echo.

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9 Create movement for the song "Rocks for Christmas"

Create movement for the song "Rocks for Christmas"

There are some ideas in the kids demo.

Create your own movements!

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10 Watch the story of the Nutcracker ballet

Watch the story of the Nutcracker ballet

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11 Play your instruments with the Overture from the Nutcracker

Play your instruments with the Overture from the Nutcracker

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12 Optional: Find something to use for a scarf, and move to Trepak from the Nutcracker

Optional: Find something to use for a scarf, and move to Trepak from the Nutcracker

You could use a scarf, crepe paper streamers, or even 4 squares of toilet paper

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13 Sing "The Music Time is Over"

Sing "The Music Time is Over"

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