In this lesson you will
- “Hello Song” – sing
- #81 “Oh My Aunt Came Back” -review song
- #85 “Japanese Frog Song” – learn the song, read rhythms, play along with instruments
- #86 “Frog in the Middle” – sing, play game
- Listening Resource Kit 2 selection #31: “Contradance I” by Mozart – move with plates, scarves or hands
- learn about composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Review as time permits
- “Juanito” – review the song
- “La Raspa” – review the dance
- #83 “Mom, You’re the Best” – review the song
- I can sing and move to music.
- I can move to respond to music (smooth/separated).
- I can perform songs from a variety of cultures.
3 Learn Song #85 “Japanese Frog Song”
Where did the aunt go in the song? #81 "My Aunt Came Back"? One of the places was Japan, so we're going to learn a song from Japan!
The song means: I can hear the song of the frog. Gwa gwa gwa…
The “gwa” is the sound that the frog makes (in Japanese).
Pause the video on page 1 and read the rhythms.
- find an instrument (frog guiro, guiro, scrape sticks) and play along with the "gwa" sound in the song
- choose a second instrument to accompany the 1st two lines of the song
- play a line; then pause and sing it back
- pay the video again and sing and play the whole song
5 Watch Students Play the Game for #86 "Frog in the Middle"
I play this game in a little different way than in the video link below.
Students form a circle. Choose one student to be the frog in the middle. The “frog” stands with eyes shut and arms outstretched. While students sing the song, the “frog” turns. At the end of the song, the two students closest to the frog’s hands step out of the circle and race in the same direction. The first one back to tag one of the frog’s hands wins. This variant of the game would work for distanced or no-touch classrooms as is.
Adapt the game as needed. I like that in the video, they used the students' names when they were in the middle.
In-person learning: If playing the game as in the video, give the racers a chunk of pool noodle to tag with. Space out as far as you can.
Online learning: Play this as a challenge game. Choose 2 students to face off.
Give them a challenge: 10 jumping jacks, 20 runs on the spot, pretend skip pepper 10 times, etc.
Sing the song, then start the challenge. Continue until all students in your class have had a turn.
We'd love a Kids Demo video of the game! If you have permission, send a video to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a Safeshare link. If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Frog's in the meadow game".
6 Play Along with "Contradance I"
At school, choose instruments to play along.
At home, find something to use for instruments such as wooden spoons or make a shaker.
7 Do Movement to "Contradance I" with Plates or with Hands
Give out two paper plates to each student or give each student two scarves.
If you don’t have paper plates or scarves, just use your hands!
Try doing the movement for "Contradance I" along with the video.