Grumpy Bird

For this weeks assignment “Lessons Based on Books” I have picked a children’s book by Jeremy Tankard titled “Grumpy Bird”.  Moral of the story, if you are ever angry, there is always something that can put you in a better mood.
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SINGING: “5 Little Birds”

LISTENING: “Cukoo in the Woods” by Saint-Saens

INSTRUMENTS: Keyboards/Recorders

CREATE: Drawings of the grump bird and the different animals that the grump bird encounters

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RHYTHM/MOVEMENT: Walk around the class in a steady tempo.  Using some emotions that depict what the Grumpy Bird is doing.

 

Listening! (In the Elementary Music Classroom)

For this weeks assignment, I have chosen “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky.  This selection is short and sweet. 🙂  It is a great piece to listen to around the holidays.

Here is a LINK to the YouTube video taken from Fantasia (1940).  This video will give the students a great visual representation.

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Coloring Page

Steps:

  1. We will listen to the recording all the way through
  2. I will hand out coloring page and color pencils/markers
  3. The students will use their own imagination and use whatever colors they think represents the song.
  4. Ask students questions
    1. what instruments do they hear
    2. Any dynamics?
    3. what is their favorite part about this song?
  5. Play the recording until everyone is finished coloring
  6. Hang up on wall for parents/teachers to see 🙂

Observation @Sequoyah Elementary

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On September 19th, me and a few other students in our class went to observe Mrs. Curlins kindergarten music class.  What I loved about this is that she has such high energy all of the time and keeps a smile on her face even when a student is misbehaving.  I hope I get to observe in her classroom again in the near future! 🙂

Viva la Vida — Coldplay

One of my favorite pop tunes when I was younger was Viva la Vida by Coldplay.  This tune is is fun and makes you want to get up and jump around!  The chord changes are fairly simple to teach in an elementary classroom.  Here is a LINK to the actual music video that was published in 2008.  Below you will find the lyrics and chords to follow! I hope you enjoy!

D  E  A  F#m  (C#m)

(C#m is only to be used for the end of the chorus)

I used to rule the world                                                                                                                                           Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing,
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One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you’d gone there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St. Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh [5x]

Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know St. Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Sound before Sign

Today, I will be teaching the class the song  we all knew as a child called “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes”.  The reason I choose this children’s song is because it has a simple melody that elementary students can learn by sound and sight.  Also, it is a great way to get the students out of their seats to participate in a fun exercise. Here is a LINK to a short video that demonstrates the song. The video will break down the song further but I will not go that far unless we have time.  Below you will find the lyrics to this nursery rhyme. Enjoy! 🙂

Head and shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)

Head and shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose

Head and Shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)

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