In this lesson you will:
- clap or play rhythms with “Jingle Bells”
- #42 “Santa Claus is Coming” – learn song and create a B section with word rhythms
- #39 “It’s a Holiday” – improvise rhythms with song
- learn about steel drums
Look ahead in the song list for other songs for holiday concerts:
- #44 “Makin’ Christmas Cookies”
- #45 “Christmas Spice”
- #46 “Noche Buena”
Look in the Online Learning Modules for additional holiday concert or lesson ideas:
- Nutcracker Performance Ideas, Christmas Dances, Christmas Boomwhacker Performances, Christmas Bucket Drumming, Holiday Concert Ideas – rhythm band, black light, cup games
- I can sing and move to music.
- I can make instruments and improvise rhythms with a song.
- I can describe the steel drums.
1 Clap or Play the Rhythms Along with "Jingle Bells"
Clap or play the rhythms along with "Jingle Bells."
2 Find Something to Use for Shakers and Sticks
Find something to use for shakers and sticks.
For shakers, fill small containers with rice, macaroni, or any other small objects.
For sticks, you could use two wooden spoons.
3 Listen to Song #39 "It's a Holiday" and Improvise Rhythms
Listen to song #39 "It's a Holiday" and improvise rhythms.
Use one instrument for the chorus and another instrument for the verses.
Play the video again, and sing along.
4 Learn About the Steel Pan Drum
Learn about the steel pan drum.
Did you hear the steel pan drums in the song "It's a Holiday"?
5 Learn to Sing #42 "Santa Claus is Coming"
Learn to sing #42 "Santa Claus is Coming"
Teach the song by rote.
Sing a phrase and have the students echo.
Play the video, and pause at the end of the line, and have the students echo.
6 Create a B Section Using Word Rhythms
Create a B section for "Santa Claus is Coming" using word rhythms.
Play the word rhythm you create on your instruments.
7 Review #36 "Shake Them Simmons"
Review #36 "Shake Them Simmons."
Either move to the music or improvise rhythms with your instruments.
8 Review Song #37 "We Come from Pluto"
Review song #37 "We Come from Pluto."
Copy the movements that kids do on the video.
Online Resources for Elementary Music Teachers