In this lesson you will

  • “Welcome to Music” – clap echo rhythm patterns while listening
  • play body percussion with a video
  • #58 “The More We Get Together”  – sing, move, create hand clap patterns to it
  • #59 “I See the Moon” – create rhythmic or melodic ostinato accompaniment (or Orff)
  • Listening Resource Kit 2 selection #22 “Clair de lune” by Debussy – listen, draw picture
  • #60 “Circle ‘Round the Zero” – play modified version of the singing game
  • review as time permits: #55 “Love Grows Under the Wild Oak Tree” – do hand jive to the song #56 “Gitsigakomim”  – sing along, accompany with unpitched instrument, learn about the Blackfoot Nation #57 “I Sent a Valentine” – play game (adapt)
  • “The Music Time Is Over” – sing

Objectives

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

Teaching Procedure

1 Clap The Rhythms With "Welcome to Music"

Clap the rhythms with "Welcome to Music".

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2 Body Percussion Fun!

Do the body percussion with the video.

If the video is too fast, slow it down with the gear wheel tool.

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Song Used: The More We Get Together

3 Sing #58 “The More We Get Together”

Sing the song and create movement to go with it.

Use the names of students in the class in the song.

Online learning: Sing and play along with the song.

In-person learning: Listen to the recording and create hand clap patterns (like Sevens) to go with the music.

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4 Read the Rhythms and the Solfa for Your New Song

Project on a screen and have students read the rhythms.

Then, do the solfa challenge activity.

Song Used: I See the Moon

5 Watch the Video #59 “I See the Moon”

Play the video and listen to the song.
Play the video again and sing along.

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Song Used: I See the Moon

6 Create an Ostinato to Play with the Song

In-person learning:
If you have instruments, teach the Orff arrangement for the song.

If you don't have instruments, create an ostinato to perform with the song.
Choose Level 2 or 3 of the composition tool.
An ostinato is a repeated pattern. For this song make a 4-beat pattern.
Create 4 beats, then write those same four beats, 3 more times.
Decide how to perform the ostinato. You could use speech, body percussion or instruments. I like finger cymbals or triangles with this song.

Divide the class into 2 groups.
Have one group perform the ostinato. (Have this group do 2 repetitions of the ostinato before you start the singers.)
Have the other group sing the song.

Online learning: Have the teacher sing the song, while students perform the ostinato.

In-person learning: If you can't sing, play the recording of the song and have the class play the ostinato.

7 "Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge" by Claude Monet

The painting "Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge" by Claude Monet was created during the time that Debussy wrote his music.

It is called "Impressionist" art because it's not detailed; it just gives an impression of water lilies.

8 Draw a Moonlight Picture as you Listen to “Clair de lune” by Debussy

Online learning: Ask each student to find a piece of paper, markers, crayons or pencil crayons.

In-person learning: Give each student a piece of paper and ask them to get out their markers, crayons or pencil crayons.

Tell them that the piece of music they will listen to is "Clair de lune" which means moonlight.
Ask students to draw a moon, then to listen to the piece of music and create drawings that reflect what they are hearing.

Song Used: Circle 'Round the Zero

9 Watch the Kids Demo video of #60 “Circle ‘Round the Zero”

Watch the Kids Demo video of this song.

Think of ways to adapt the game for online or in-person classes.

Suggestions are given below!

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Song Used: Circle 'Round the Zero

10 Sing the Song #60 “Circle ‘Round the Zero”

Sing with the lyrics of the song.

Online learning: Ask students to find 3 or 4 stuffed animals to play the game with.
Have them set the animals in a circle, then walk around the circle and do the movements with their stuffy.

In-person learning: Have students choose someone who will be their "distanced" partner.
Sing or play the recording.
Circle 'round the zero ... (circle in place.)
Find your lovin' zero ... (point to their distanced partner.)
Back, back, zero. ... (turn away from their partner and pretend to bump bottoms.)
Side, side, zero. ... (turn so that they are sideways from their partner and pretend to bump sides.)
Front, front, zero. ... (turn to face their partner and clap hands in the air.)
Swing your lovin’ zero. ... (pretend to link elbows and turn in place.)

Repeat with a new distanced partner.

Alternate game suggestions:
1. Circle ‘round the chair holding on to the back to maintain their bubble.
2. Use a hula hoop. Students place it on the floor between their partner and themselves
3. Using hoops. Put the instruments from your music kits inside the hoop. Choose one student to be the leader who gets to choose the instrument when it's time. Change the words to "circle round the zero, find an instrument in zero...back.... front.... side...put your instrument in zero" we play our instruments in front, behind our backs (students are amused by this), and on each of our sides".
The leader picks a new leader.
4. The new leader travels around the room and when they get to the action part of the song, simply stop and do the motions six feet away from the person closest to them.
5. Use tubanos or bucket drums. Pretend that your drum is your partner. On “tap your loving zero”, they play a steady beat to the music. Get up and move!

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Song Used: Love Grows under the Wild Oak Tree

11 Review as Time Permits: #55 “Love Grows Under the Wild Oak Tree”

Learn to sing the song.

Listen to a verse and chorus.

Then, play the video again and sing along.

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Song Used: Love Grows under the Wild Oak Tree

12 As Time Permits, Review The Hand Jive to #55 “Love Grows Under the Wild Oak Tree”

Copy the movements shown in the video.

Play the song again and try making up your own movements.

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Song Used: Gitsigakomim

13 As Time Permits, Review the Song #56 "Gitsagakomim"

Read the slide with students.

Song Used: Gitsigakomim

14 Review as Time Permits the Song #56 "Gitsigakomim"

Online learning:
Listen to a line of the song, then sing it back.
Play the video again and sing along.

Online or in-person learning:
Choose non-pitched instruments (or find instruments at home).
Play along with the song.

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Song Used: Gitsigakomim

15 As Time Permits, Review the Stick Game With the Song #56 "Gitsigakomim"

Watch the Kids Demo video to see a stick game created by a class.

Online or in-person learning: Create stick patterns to accompany the song (but don't pass!). You can use some of these ideas or create a brand new pattern.

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Song Used: I Sent a Valentine

16 As Time Permits, Review #57 “I Sent a Valentine”

Listen to the song.
Play the video again and sing the song (online learning).

This is a chase game.

Adapt for online or in-person learning:
Choose two students who stand up.
Sing the song (or in-person, play the recording).
Give the 2 students a challenge (e.g. 10 jumping jacks, touch toes and reach up 5 times, jump 20 times, 10 squats).
When they've completed the challenge, they sit down.
The first one finished is the winner.

In-person learning: If you can go outside, play this as a racing game.
Sing the song, then race to a designated finish line.

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Song Used: The Music Time Is Over

17 Sing "The Music Time Is Over"

Sing "The Music Time Is Over".

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