In this lesson you will
- “Welcome to School” – body percussion
- “Ame Ame” – play along with sticks
- #131 “Spaceworms” – create movement to music
- create rhythm composition with Spaceship and Moon
- #133 “Rain Rain”- high and low notes
- Pitter Patter Poem – add sounds
- “Rain Rain” and Pitter Patter in a story – create sounds and sing along
- #135 “If All the Raindrops” – sing along, optional – illustrate a little book
- #137 “We’ve Got the Whole World” – sing all verses
2 "Ame Ame" play along with sticks
Tell students they'll be learning some rain songs in this lesson.
The first rain song is "Ame Ame" from Japan.
Play sticks (or clap) along with the song!
Raining, raining, how it’s raining rain a little more
Mother’s bringing my umbrella, it can rain and pour.
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter, drip, drip, drop.
Yoshi Shichi was a Japanese exchange teacher at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer.
His wife Harumi and daughter Ayane were kind enough to sing this Japanese children’s song for me.
4 Do an interactive word composition with "Spaceship and Moon"
I do - Model how to create a word rhythm composition, and play it for your students using body percussion, found sounds, or instruments.
We do - Invite students to help make a new composition.
Decide how to play.
You do - Students can do this activity on devices.
If you don't have devices, a manipulative version of this activity follows.
5 Do a word composition with "Spaceship and Moon"
These are manipulatives for students to use in creating their own word rhythm composition.
6 Watch and listen to the song "Rain Rain."
Watch and Listen to the Song "Rain Rain."
Watch and point to notes as they go higher and lower.
Play it again and sing along.
7 Learn the Pitter Patter Poem
Learn the Pitter Patter Poem.
Try adding sounds to the poem.
Tap a finger on a table to make the sound of rain.
Tap a finger into the palm of your hand.
Tap a pencil on the counter.
8 Use the song "Rain Rain" and the Pitter Patter Poem in a story
Use the song "Rain Rain" and the Pitter Patter Poem in a story.
Watch and listen to the story.
When the Pitter Patter poem comes, say it and do your sound.
When the song comes, sing along.
Literacy: Students develop deeper knowledge of words that were taught with an associated sound effect. Read more:
Make other sounds as they occur in the story.
9 Watch and listen to song #135 "If All the Raindrops"
Watch and listen to song #135 "If All the Raindrops".
Play the video again and sing along.
10 Optional Activity 1: Print the coloring page for the song
Optional activity 1: Print the coloring page for the song.
Have students color the page that illustrates the verses of the song.
Print the little book that follows. (This might be better for grade 1 than Kindergarten.)
11 Optional Activity 2 : If you have a printer, make a little book of the song
Optional activity 2 : If you have a printer, make a little book of the song.
12 Sing #137 "We've Got the Whole World" for Earth Day
Listen to Verse 1 of #137 "We've Got the Whole World" for Earth Day.
Play the video again and sing all the verses.