Grade 3 Lesson 15

In this lesson you will:

  • warm up with “Overture” from The Nutcracker rhythms – clap or play along
  • watch The Nutcracker story and learn about the composer
  • use hands, plates, or circles to move to “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker
  • request and review
  • #44 “Makin’ Christmas Cookies” – review and create movement
  • review the cup game (no passing) with “Jingle Bells”
  • review theĀ  hand clap pattern to go with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
  • #39 “It’s a Holiday” – review
  • 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

Warm up 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.
-or-
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 playing 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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