Grade 2 Lesson 38 (updated 2021)

In this lesson you will

  • “Hello Song” – sing echoes
  • “Clap! Stamp! Shake!” – move with the song
  • play along rhythms with instruments or body percussion
  • #97 “Let Us Chase the Squirrel” – read melody, rhythms, play game

Optional

  • select from Movement Songs learning module – free play, free dance – or –
  • continue with campfire songs #98 “Christopher McCracken” – sing along, create new verse #94 “Goin’ on a Picnic” – create new verses #93 “Swimming” – sing along, do actions with song

If time permits

  • free play or free dance

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can improvise on instruments.
  • I can read and perform rhythms and melodies.

Teaching Procedure

1 Sing the "Hello Song"

Sing the echoes.
This version has no names.

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2 Sing and Move to the Song "Clap! Stamp! Shake!"

Do movements as the words suggest.

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3 Play the Rhythms with Instruments or Body Percussion

Play the rhythms with instruments or body percussion.

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Song Used: Let Us Chase the Squirrel

4 Sing and Play to Song #97 "Let Us Chase the Squirrel"

This is a fun chase game. If possible, take the students outside to play.
If no singing is allowed, read rhythms and say the song instead of singing.
If distancing is required, students will play in a circle without joining hands.

Read the rhythms and read the melody.
Play the game.

If teaching online, skip this.

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Song Used: Let Us Chase the Squirrel

5 Watch the Kids Demo Video for #97 "Let Us Chase the Squirrel"

"Watch the Kids Demo video for #97 "Let Us Chase the Squirrel".
Adapt for your teaching situation.
If teaching online, skip this.

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6 Option 1: Movement Songs Favorites

For this end of the school year lesson, there are 2 options.

Option 1: Select the link below to go to the Movement Songs Favorites learning module.
There are 15 favorite songs for students to sing and move with (or just move).

Students may also enjoy free dance or free play time.

Free Play: Put 4 tubs of instruments on the floor: woods, metals, shakes/scrapes, and drums. Send the students to one of the 4 tubs. Signs to put on your tubs are included in Supporting Resources. (You could print a second set of signs for you to point to when it’s time to switch tubs.)
Play an age-appropriate pop song and invite the students with woods to play along. Pause. When you restart, invite the metals to play. Continue until all students have had a turn.

Free Dance: Play an age-appropriate pop song and invite the students to dance to the music. You could play "freeze dance" with it. Stop the music and students have to stop and freeze. If they are caught moving, they sit down.

Song Used: Christopher McCracken

7 Option 2: Campfire Songs - Song #98 "Christopher McCracken"

Play a verse of the song.
Pay the video again and sing along.
Try to create a new verse as a class.

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8 Review Song #94 "Goin’ on a Picnic"

Watch the video and sing all the echo parts.
Create new verses for the song.

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Song Used: Swimming

9 Review Song #93 "Swimming"

Listen to one verse of #93 "Swimming".

Play the video again and sing along.

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Song Used: Swimming

10 Watch the Kids Demo Video for #93 "Swimming"

Watch the Kids Demo video for #93 "Swimming" and do the actions with the class.

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11 Free Play or Free Dance

If you have extra time, try Free Play or Free Dance with your students.

Free Play: Put 4 tubs of instruments on the floor: woods, metals, shakes/scrapes, and drums. Send the students to one of the 4 tubs. Signs to put on your tubs are included in Supporting Resources. (You could print a second set of signs for you to point to when it’s time to switch tubs.)
Play an age-appropriate pop song and invite the students with woods to play along. Pause. When you restart, invite the metals to play. Continue until all students have had a turn.

Free Dance: Play an age-appropriate pop song and invite the students to dance to the music. You could play "freeze dance" with it. Stop the music and students have to stop and freeze. If they are caught moving, they sit down.