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 the 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
- I can sing and move to music.
- I can read and perform rhythms.
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.
2 Watch The Nutcracker Story
Watch The Nutcracker story.
3 Learn About the composer of The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky
Learn about the composer of the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky.
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.
You could cut out two circles and use them.
You could do the movements with your hands.
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!
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.
10 Optional: Review Playing on the Cups with "Jingle Bells"
Optional: review playing on the cups with "Jingle Bells"
11 Optional: Watch the "Jingle Bells" Cup Game Under Black Lights
Optional: Watch the "Jingle Bells" Cup Game under black lights.
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.
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."
14 Optional: Watch a Black Light Performance of the Hand Clap Game
Optional: Watch a black light performance of the Hand Clap Game.
15 Optional: Review Song #39 "It's a Holiday"
Optional: Review song #39 "It's a Holiday"
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