In this lesson you will do:

#79. “Button Factory” – steady beat, create movements

#76. “Who Has the Pencil”

– assess solo singing

Review:

#72 “Old Mother Brown”

#73. “Penguin Polka “

Story Book:   Tacky the Penguin Paperback by Helen Lester  (or substitute)

#10 “Skinamarink”

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing alone
  • I can move/point to the beat
  • I can clap the words and tell if it's one sound or two on a beat

Teaching Procedure

Song Used: Welcome to School

1 Sing the echoes in "Welcome to School"

Sing the echoes in "Welcome to School"

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2 Learn the chant #79. “Button Factory” and create movement

Listen to the first part of the chant.

Play the video again, and perform with the video.

Create movements. If you need ideas, watch the kids demo.

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3 Do "Button Factory" along with the kids demo

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4 Learn to sing #76. “Who Has the Pencil”

Listen to the video.

Play the video again, and sing along.

Adapt the Game for Zoom: Teacher chooses a guesser who closes eyes.
Then teacher choose someone to sing "I have the pencil"
The teacher sings the question, the soloist answers and the guesser guesses.
Choose guesser 2, and soloist to sing " I have the book". (Teacher sings question, soloist answers)
Choose guesser 3, and soloist to sing "I have the ruler". (Teacher sings question, soloist answers)

In-Person: Choose 1 guesser for all 3 items, or choose 3 guessers.
If allowed, sing. If not allowed, way the words instead.

When singing is allowed, this is a good activity for assessing pitch matching.

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5 Play the Game "Old Mother Brown"

Adapt the singing game

Zoom: Choose one child to act out an animal or an action. Sing the song together. Give the children in the class 3 guesses to figure out what "it" was.

In-Person: Choose one child to act out an animal or an action. Listen to the song together. Give the children in the class 3 guesses to figure out what "it" was.

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6 Point to the beats as you sing 'Old Mother Brown"

7 Clap the words as you sing 'Old Mother Brown"

8 Is it one sound or two?

Sing a line of 'Old Mother Brown."

Then ask the students how many sounds are on each beat.

9 Optional: Teach the students your rhythm names for one or two sounds

This is optional, because not all music teachers teach this in kindergarten.

10 Optional for in-person: Create a 4 beat rhythm to use as an ostinato

Optional: Your students may not be ready to try an ostinato with a song.
And this activity will only work for in-person classes!

If you want to try, create a 4 beat rhythm and decide how to perform it.
For example: ta ta ti-ti ta could be patted, or pat the 1st 2 beats and clap the next 2 (hard for K!)

Divide the class into 2 groups.
Have group 1 do the ostinato. Have them do it twice before bringing in group 2.

Group 2 will sing the song.

Song Used: Penguin Polka

11 Review #73. “Penguin Polka“

Listen to the song.

Play the video again and sing along.

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Song Used: Penguin Polka

12 Review the movements to "Penguin Polka"

copy the teacher

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13 Optional: Read the storybook, "Tacky the Penguin"

This storybook is by Helen Lester.
This is a wonderful storybook to create accompaniments for.
Suggestions:
1. When the penguins march, sing: 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1
to this melody: do-so,-la,-ti, do-so,-la,-ti, do-so,-la,-ti, do
2. Sing the pretty penguins melody to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle."
3. Sing Tacky's melody to a modified version of "Drunken Sailor"
4. Sing the Hunters song to a modified version of "Goin' to Kentucky"
On the word, "Spash" make a big splash sound with voices or instruments.
On the "thump, thump,thump" play the thumps on a drum (or other)

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14 Sing and move to #10 “Skinamarink”

Sing and move to #10 “Skinamarink”

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