In this lesson you will

  • read, sing and use do re mi in the song, “Closet Key”
  • make home-made shakers and play along with a Spanish song, “El Burrito Enfermo”
  • create rhythm patterns using quarter notes, eighth notes and rest

Objectives

  • read, sing and use do re mi in a song
  • I can make home-made shakers and play along with a Spanish song
  • I can create rhythm patterns using quarter notes, eighth notes and rest

Teaching Procedure

1 Play Poison Melody to practice do re mi solfa notes

Play Poison Melody to practice do re mi solfa notes

You will hear the poison pattern.

Echo all the patterns EXCEPT the poison pattern.

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2 Learn to the sing Closet Key melody and the solfa notes from the Note Highlights video

Learn to the sing Closet Key melody and the solfa notes from the Note Highlights video

Play a line and listen to the singer. Pause the video and sing it back.

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Song Used: Closet Key

3 Sing the song, "Closet Key"

Sing the song, "Closet Key"

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4 Learn how to play the game, , "Closet Key"

Learn how to play the game, , "Closet Key"

Watch the kids demo video.

In the game, one child is the "hider" and one the "finder."
The "hider" hides eyes while the "hider" hides the keys.
They are in plain sight - not under something or in a closed drawer.

The class sings the song. They sing quietly when the "finder" is far away from the keys.
They sing louder as the "finder" gets closer.

If you have enough people in your house, play the game.

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5 Make some home-made shakers

Find some small containers in your house that you can fill to make shakers.

You could fill the containers about 1/3 full with macaroni or other noodles, rice, coins, small lego, rocks.

Experiment to see what makes the sound that you like the best.

We'll use your shakers to play rhythm patterns with a song.

6 Write 5 different rhythm patterns

Write 5-8 different rhythm patterns using quarter notes (ta), eighth notes (ti-ti) and rest.

We'll use your shakers to play these rhythm patterns with a song.

You can print the rhythm patterns given, or save paper and write your own!

7 Listen and play along with the song, "El Burrito Enfermo"

Listen and play along with the song, "El Burrito Enfermo"

There are 5 verses in the song, and each adds on from the previous verse.

Play a different pattern on each verse of the song.

It's Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, so it's fun to have a Spanish song to play along with.

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8 What is the song, "El Burrito Enfermo" about?

What is the song, "El Burrito Enfermo" about?

It's about a burro that has gotten sick.

Song Used: El burrito enfermo

9 Translation of the song, "El Burrito Enfermo"

This is a translation of the song, "El Burrito Enfermo"

Optional: If you'd like to learn some of the words in Spanish, go back to the song video.
Play a measure, then say or sing it back.
Because many of the words in the song repeat, you could learn to sing it in Spanish.

10 Optional Assessment

Assessment may not be required for your school or district.

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

11 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!