In this lesson, you will:

  • #46 “It’s Music Time” – echo sing
  • Sing to St. Patrick’s Day Bobo – Teacher plays the drum, kids move in place to show beat/no beat
  • #97 “Count to Seven” – create movements in 7s
  • Optional Story: My Seven Book
  • #90 “Here is the Beehive”
  • #91 “Bee Bee Bumblebee”
  • #95 “I Like Leprechauns”
  • #96 “Irish Washerwoman” – play along
  • #89 “X” – “Ox and Fox”
  • Skinnamarink

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can move to show beat and no beat.
  • I can play the beat with music.

Teaching Procedure

Song Used: It's Music Time

1 Sing the echoes in #46 “It’s Music Time”

Sing and move to the music

Give students beat strips and have them point to the beat as they sing.

Beat Strips are in supporting resources.

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2 Sing to Bobo

Echo what Bobo sings.

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3 Move to show beat or no beat

Teacher plays a beat on a drum. The kids move in place to show beat/no beat.

When they hear the beat - they move.

When there is no beat on the drum - they freeze in place.

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Song Used: Count to Seven

4 Create ways to move - "Count to Seven"

Count and move!

In this song, the singer counts to seven or to three.

Sing or play the song for the children and create movements to the rhythm of the words. Invite the children to give you ideas of what kind of movements you could do. You could pat your legs, tap your head, touch your nose, clap your hands or if you are standing you could twist, step in place, bounce up and down, dance, or raise your knees. You could use locomotor movements such as stepping, jumping, stomping, tip-toeing, or sliding. You could play instruments to the rhythm of the words.

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Song Used: Count to Seven

5 Optional: Watch the kids demo of "Count to Seven"

The pointing page used by Mrs. Gagne in the demo is in supporting resources.

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6 Optional Story: My Seven Book

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Song Used: Here Is the Beehive

7 Watch the kids demo of #90 “Here is the Beehive”

Watch and copy the movements in the demo video.

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Song Used: Here Is the Beehive

8 Learn the words to the fingerplay #90 “Here is the Beehive”

Say the fingerplay and do the movements.

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Song Used: Bee Bee Bumblebee

9 #91 “Bee Bee Bumblebee”

Use the video to learn the words and the song.

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Song Used: Bee Bee Bumblebee

10 Watch how the game is played

Think of ways to adapt the game for Zoom or no-singing classes.

Zoom: Sing and point to the kids in the Zoom. All copy how the selected child buzzes their hands up and down. Alternately, the teacher could make a projectable chart of all the children's names, and tap names on the chart to select a "bee." Some of the first words that children will recognize are their own and others names, so this is a great literacy extension.

In-person (no singing): Play the recording. Point to students with a flashlight. The selected child buzzes high and low.

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Song Used: I Like Leprechauns

11 Sing the echoes in "I Like Leprechauns"

Sing the echoes.
Create actions to go with the song.

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Song Used: Irish Washerwoman

12 Keep the beat with #96 “Irish Washerwoman”

Option 1 - choose instruments and play the beat.

Option 2 - choose leaders to create movements to the beat while the class copies.

There are 3 sections, so you can choose 3 leaders.

Invite the children to tell you how the music changes in the selection. (faster, higher)

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Song Used: X - Ox and Fox

13 Sing "Letter X" and tell the story

Tell the Ox and Fox story and then sing the Letter X song.

Ox and Fox lived in a field. The field didn’t have many trees, and there weren’t any
good places to hide when it rained. One day there was a big windstorm and a very big box blew into the field.

“Oh,” thought the fox. “This would be a very good house for me.” The fox ran to the box and jumped in. It was nice and dry in the box.

Unfortunately, Ox thought that the box looked nice and dry. Ox decided that he wanted to go inside the box too. The fox fit quite well in the box, but Ox did not. The box was squished and so was the fox. “Ow!” said the fox. The fox hurt his paw and had to go to the animal hospital for an X-ray. The next time that Ox wants to climb into a box, he was going to have to be extra careful!

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Song Used: X - Ox and Fox

14 Watch the kids demo to learn actions for "Ox and Fox"

Copy the actions for the song.

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Song Used: X - Ox and Fox

15 Sing "Ox and Fox" and do the movements

Sing and do the movements.

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Song Used: X - Ox and Fox

16 Optional: Do the letter X worksheet

Optional: If you have a printer, copy the worksheets and complete them.

Alternate activity: Give each child a piece of paper and have them practice printing the letter x.

Then have them draw 2 things that use the letter x.

Song Used: Skinnamarink

17 End the lesson with "Skinamarink"

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