Grade 3 Lesson 6 (a.4)

In this lesson you will

  • sing a calypso song and improvise rhythms with it
  • sing an Inuit lullaby
  • listen to a piano piece about a juggler and try some juggling with scarves

Objectives

  • I can sing and improvise rhythms.
  • I can sing a lullaby
  • I can move scarves to music
  • I can define fermata

Teaching Procedure

1 Find Some Homemade Instruments

In this lesson you will need some homemade instruments.

Find some things in your house you can use for instruments.

Try to find something to use for drums, metals, woods, and shakes/scrapes.

2 Read the words for the song, "Tinga Layo"

Read the words for the song, "Tinga Layo"

You will sing this song, then you'll play instruments for 8 beats.

When you make up your rhythm as you go along, it's called improvising.

3 Listen to the song "Tinga Layo"

Listen to the song "Tinga Layo"

When you've heard the chorus once, sing along.

Play the video again, and improvise on your instruments during the B sections.

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4 Read the Words for the "Inuit Lullaby"

Read the Words for the "Inuit Lullaby"

What is a lullaby?

It's a song to put a baby to sleep.

Should you sing it loud or soft?

This is a translation of an original lullaby collected in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, by Rev. D H Whitbread, an Anglican missionary who primarily worked in the area of Port Harrison, QC.

5 Listen to the song "Inuit Lullaby"

Listen to the song "Inuit Lullaby"

Play it again, and sing along.

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6 Watch a Video about the Inuit

Watch a Video about the Inuit

7 Listen to "The Juggler"

Watch the Listening Map of "La Jongleuse."

Answer as many of the questions as you can. If you have a printer, you can print out the Listening Log. If you don't have a printer, answer the questions on a piece of paper.

What instrument do you hear? It's a piano.

Some people think the piano is a percussion instrument because the keys are struck to make sound. Other people think it is a string instrument, because it has strings. Some people think there should a Keyboard family!

8 Try Juggling Scarves to the Music!

La Jongleuse means The Juggler. If you can find two scarves in your house, practice some juggling skills as you listen to the piece.

Play the video again.

Toss from right to left hand. Then toss from left to right hand. Can you toss your scarves in a way that fits with the music?

9 Assessment Suggestions

Assessment may not be required for your school or district.

Your teacher may ask you to email one of the suggested assessments.

10 Music IS Literacy

Parents, Teachers and Administration:

Music education is important for children.

Whether in class or at home, keep our children singing, playing, moving, listening and creating music!