Middle School Lesson 15

In this lesson you have 2 options:

Option 1 – Compare Performances of “Twelve Days of Christmas”

Option 2 – Review and request songs from December

  • “March from the Nutcracker” – review and desk drum or bucket drum
  • “Christmas Shopping Blues” and learn about the 12 bar blues
  • #43 “Snowflakes” – review, “Jingle Bells” partner song
  • #44 “Christmas at the Hop” – review
  • #45 “Christmas Line Dance” – review

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can play rhythms.
  • I can compare performances.

Teaching Procedure

1 Option 1: Watch and listen to 3 performances of "Twelve Days of Christmas"

In this option, you will watch three performances.

There is an optional worksheet that you can complete.

Or you can simply discuss the questions.

After three performances, there is a rhythm worksheet to complete.

2 Option 1: Listen to the Pentatonix sing "Twelve Days of Christmas"

Option 1: Listen to the Pentatonix sing "Twelve Days of Christmas".

This is a Safeshare link to "Twelve Days of Christmas" by Pentatonix.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Twelve Days of Christmas Pentatonix".

3 Option 1: Listen to the Family sing "Twelve Days of Christmas"

Option 1: Listen to the Family sing "Twelve Days of Christmas".

Have the students try copying the actions in this performance.

It starts slowly, then it gets faster and faster!

This is a Safeshare link to "Twelve Days of Christmas" by a family.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Twelve Days of Christmas Goettle Family".

4 Option 1: Watch and listen to the skit of the "Twelve Days of Christmas"

Option 1: Watch and listen to the skit of "Twelve Days of Christmas".

This is very funny!

This is a Safeshare link to "Twelve Days of Christmas" acted out.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Twelve Days of Christmas acted out".

5 Option 1: Complete a Rhythm Worksheet on "Twelve Days of Christmas" page 1

Complete a rhythm worksheet on "Twelve Days of Christmas".

6 Complete a Rhythm Worksheet page 2

Complete the rhythm worksheet.

7 Option 2: Which Rhythm Did I Hear Game - triplet rhythms

Choose Game #5 and play Level 12.

8 Option 2: Review the desk drum or bucket drum with "March from the Nutcracker"

Review the desk drum or bucket drum with "March from the Nutcracker".

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9 Option 2: Watch a black light performance of "March from the Nutcracker"

Watch a black light performance of "March from the Nutcracker".

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Song Used: Christmas Shopping Blues

10 Option 2: Review song "Christmas Shopping Blues"

Review the song "Christmas Shopping Blues".

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11 Option 2: Create movement to go with the song "Christmas Shopping Blues"

Create movement to go with the song "Christmas Shopping Blues".

You can watch the students in the video for ideas.

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Song Used: Snowflakes

12 Option 2: Optional: Review song #43 "Snowflakes"

Optional: Review song #43 "Snowflakes".

This is an easy partner song with "Jingle Bells".

If you are allowed to sing, it's a fun performance piece.

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Song Used: Christmas at the Hop

13 Option 2: Optional: Review #44 "Christmas at the Hop"

Optional: Review #44 "Christmas at the Hop".

If you can sing, you could teach the song.

If singing is not allowed, create a dance to the music.

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Song Used: Christmas Line Dance

14 Option 2: Optional: Review #45 "Christmas Line Dance"

Optional: Review #45 "Christmas Line Dance"

Verse 1: hip rocks throughout
Line dance during the instrumental breaks:
Say:
Right toe out, right toe in, right toe out, right toe in, right in, right in
Left toe out, left toe in, left toe out, left toe in, left in, left in
Right toe out, right toe in, right toe out, right toe in, right in, right in
Left toe out, left toe in, left toe out, left toe in, left in, left in
Tap heel to the front twice, tap toe behind twice heel, heel, toe, toe
Tap heel to the front twice, tap toe behind twice, heel, heel, toe, toe
Tap heel to the front twice, tap toe behind twice, heel, heel, toe, toe
Tap heel to the front once, tap heel to the side once, heel, side
Tap toe behind once, bring knee up and clap! back, clap!

The line dance is choreographed so that the entire class can perform it while on risers. If you have only a small group doing the line dance, you can make it more complicated. Create actions to accompany verse 2 if you wish.

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