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Musical activities: Distribute instruments. Turn on The children will play freely to the music, encouraging displaying improvisation and movement to the beat and rhythms. Model and observe spacing and consistent beat. Observe the children when the music stops to see whether they are continuing to play or stopping.   Collect instruments. Allow the children to continue playing for a few moments after […]

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Snowy Day

Musical activities: Turn on or sing acapella. Rock side to side as in lesson plan 15 setting up triple meter. Encourage the children to sing along, and adjust each phrase as directed below: •     “I build a snowman big and tall.”: Push through the air moving up as if building a snowman until your […]

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This Little Cow

Musical activities: Go to one child at a time to do this rhythmic rhyme. Tap lap. Recite the rhyme, changing the movement with each, “This little cow” as follows: •     Grass: Tap lap (macrobeat) •     Hay: Tap shoulders (macrobeat) •     Water: Tap top of head (macrobeat) •     Runs Away: Tickle fingers […]

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La Mariposa

Musical activities: Stand. Turn on   and sing along! Dance with one child at a time, and allow them to feel the A and B sections before going to the next. To reflect the A/B form of the song, use a different large movement at the start of each repetition. Alternate between macrobeat and microbeat. Suggestions: march, rock, twist, fly, ride a train Keep […]

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Frog in the Well

S&S: Instrument Play–1,4, Beat/Rhythm–4 Musical activities:  Distribute  rhythm sticks. Turn on  Tap sticks to microbeat. Tap to macrobeat on repeat. Tap floor for several verses. Observe the children’s responses. Are they attempting the movement or trying something new, demonstrating an increase in their movement vocabulary? Repeat the song several times, continuing a cappella when the music stops. Sing a new nonsense syllable and […]

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My Little Lamb

Musical activities: Give each child a turn on your lap throughout one repetition of the song. If they pull away, respect their space, and do the movement yourself or with the next child. Use the following movements while singing a cappella. •     My little lamb is lost…: Rock side to side (macrobeat) •    […]

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My Little Lamb

Musical activities: Give each child a turn on your lap throughout one repetition of the song. If they pull away, respect their space, and do the movement yourself or with the next child. Use the following movements while singing a cappella. •     My little lamb is lost…: Rock side to side (macrobeat) •    […]

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Crawdad Song

Musical activities: Turn on   Clap and dance through the first repetition, while approaching and picking up the first child.   Continue with each child using large movement variations. Note that the track ends with “Rock and Roll.” Continue a cappella with nonsense syllables.

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Soo La Noo

Musical activities: Take a scarf or two for yourself. No need for the children to have scarves. Turn on Visit each child, incorporating the following variations: •     Wiggle the scarf in front of the child if sitting or above their faces if lying down (microbeat) •     Wiggle the scarf up and down for […]

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This Little Cow

Musical activities: Go to one child at a time to do this rhythmic rhyme. Tap lap. Recite the rhyme, changing the movement with each, “This little cow” as follows: •     Grass: Tap lap (macrobeat) •     Hay: Tap shoulders (macrobeat) •     Water: Tap top of head (macrobeat) •     Runs Away: Tickle fingers […]

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