Market Dance

Musical activities: Distribute jingle bells and turn on  Use jingle bell variations as in lesson plan 7 moving in all areas of space. Ask the children who would like to lead the resting tone play. Notice whether their movements indicate when to start and stop. Put jingle bells on your head. Tip your head down and use descending vocal play as […]

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Spin and Roll

Musical activities: Lead as you did week 20. As children toll the balls to their partners, observe carefully. Are they maintaining accurate spacing? Collect balls.

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Clap Your Hands

Musical activities: Lead as you did week 27. Continue a cappella. Alternate between fast and slow variations. Suggestions: Slow: walk through a swamp, stomp like an elephant, crawl like a turtle Fast: run to the park, hop like a rabbit, race like a speedboat Ask the children for their ideas. When they suggest what to do, ask if you should move […]

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Sparkle

Musical activities: Stand. Turn on  Begin with directed scarf variations and visual imagry, incorporating all areas of space. Allow the children to move freely for the last few repetitions. Observe carefully to see if they are using all areas of space. If not, suggest a variation that would incorporate the missing space(s). Repeat several times. Collect the […]

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I Can Build It

Musical activities: Distribute the sticks. Turn on  Sing and play. Click your sticks together on the refrain. Incorporate stick variations for each new verse as follows: • Buzz saw: rub one stick horizontally against a vertically held stick • Hammer: tap one stick on top of the other • Paint brush: raise and lower your sticks • Big […]

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Noisy and Quiet

Musical activities: Squawk loudly. Ask the children whether it was loud or soft. Can anyone remember the musical term? Ask the children to join you. What movement should you use? Will it be big or small? Whoo softly like an owl. Ask the children the same questions: loud or soft? musical term? What movements can be […]

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Clap Your Hands

Musical activities: Stand in a circle. Turn on  Use various large movements during the verses. Spin during the refrain (la la la). Based on your class and teaching style, remain in place or move freely about the room. • Intro & Verse 1: clap & bounce • Verse 2: stomp • Verse 3: run • Instrumental: clap & bounce […]

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In the Ring

Musical activities: Distribute shakers. Ask the children to show different motions they could use during the refrain. Turn on  Play and sing. Use the same movement for the verse. Allow the children to improvise during the refrain. Substitute the children’s names for “child” in the song. Children may choose to go in the center of the […]

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