In this lesson you will

Warm up with Overture from the Nutcracker  rhythms Рclap or play along

Watch the Nutcracker story and learn about the composer

Use hands, plates, circles to move to Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker

Request and Review:

Review #44 “Makin’ Christmas Cookies” and create movement

Review the cup game (no passing) with “Jingle Bells”

Review the¬† hand clap pattern to go with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

Review #39 “It’s a Holiday”

Play music games or do interactive activities

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music
  • I can read and perform rhythms

Teaching Procedure

1 Clap or play rhythms to the Overture from the Nutcracker

Warmup by clapping or playing the rhythms to the Overture from the Nutcracker

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2 Watch the Nutcracker story

Watch the Nutcracker story

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3 Learn about the composer of the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky

Learn about the composer of the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky

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4 Move to Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker

Move to Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker

If you have paper plates, use them.

If you don't have plates, you could cut out two circles and use them.

Or you could do the movements with your hands.

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5 Play Music Games ~ Request and Review

Invite your students to request favorite games and activities.

The link below will take you to the music games where you can explore.

6 Explore Interactive Activities in Happy Holidays Unit

Explore Interactive Activities in Happy Holidays Unit

Activity 2: Holiday Solfa & Rhythm Interactives

7 Optional: Review song #44 "Makin' Christmas Cookies"

Learn song #44 "Makin' Christmas Cookies"

Listen to a line of the song, then pause and sing it back.

Play the video again, and sing along!

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8 Optional: Sing solfa patterns to decorate Christmas cookies

Optional: Sing solfa patterns to decorate Christmas cookies

You can find other interactive activities in the Happy Holidays Unit.

9 Optional: Review the cup pattern with "Jingle Bells"

Optional: Review the cup pattern with "Jingle Bells"

If you don't have a cup, you could use a water bottle or any small object that you can pick up.

During the pandemic, we won't pass the cup - we'll just do the pattern.

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10 Optional: Review Playing on the Cups with "Jingle Bells"

Optional: Review Play on the Cups with "Jingle Bells"

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11 Optional: Watch the "Jingle Bells" Cup Game under Black Lights

Optional: Watch the "Jingle Bells" Cup Game under Black Lights

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12 Optional: Learn a hand clap game to "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" - Instructions

Optional: Learn a Hand Clap Game to "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

The cup game to "Jingle Bells" was fun!

Here's a challenge for you - learn 3 patterns, then do a Hand Clap Game.

Here's Pattern 1-2-3

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13 Optional: Try doing the hand clap game with the song, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Optional: Try doing the hand clap game with the song, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

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14 Optional: Watch a black light performance of the hand clap game

Optional: Watch a black light performance of the hand clap game

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15 Optional: Review song #39 "It's a Holiday"

Optional: Review song #39 "It's a Holiday"

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