This is your stop for all things Kindergarten music at Sheridan Terrace elementary school!
Our main goals for the school year are as follows: Hear and identify fast vs. slow, loud vs. soft, high vs. low, be able to keep a steady beat and be able to read rhythm all while singing, playing instruments and working together in music games.
This cycle, students learned a new song "Bluebird." After learning "Bluebird" students learned the new music term STEADY BEAT. Students showed steady beat while singing. Then students sorted items that have a beat vs. no beat in real life. Students then sat and played the chant game "Bee Bee" working on passing the bee to the steady beat. Finally, students moved to a slow steady beat as they made a snail.
This cycle students learned a new song "Lucy Locket." We practiced hearing the high sounds vs. the low sounds in the song. Then Mrs. B passed out rhythm sticks and the students used those to play along with "Cobbler, Cobbler." They then played a name game with the rhythm sticks, the students tapped their name on the sticks. Finally students sang and played "Doggie, Doggie."
This cycle students learned a new song "Rain, Rain." We practicing hearing the high sounds vs. the low sounds in the song. Then students used the music ipads to create their own music using words like buzz, dog and kitty. The students then moved their bodies as a class to create a giant snail shell.
This cycle students learned a new song "Snail, Snail." We talked about how snails move and compared it to the song. Then students used an interactive screen that played two sounds to see if they could hear the difference between high sounds and low sounds. Students then moved to our game circle to sing and play "Hey Hey Look at Me."
This cycle students learned a new song "Cobbler, Cobbler." We talked about what cobblers do and the number words that were in the song. We reviewed our new terms HIGH vs LOW and heard them in "Cobbler, Cobbler," Mrs. B's patterns and the song from last class "Bounce High." We closed class by learning the game for "Bounce High" which is lots of fun! Be sure to ask your student how to play.
This cycle students learned another new song "Bounce High" that has a very fun game to go with it. After learning the song, all students got to create their first composition using the words "dog", "Puppy", "Egg" and "Chicken." Finally students used "Engine Number 9" to make a circle and play the game "handy dandy" where they discovered the words HIGH and LOW in music.
This cycle students learned a new song "Star Bright." We reached up high for the high sounds and down low for the low sounds to prepare students to identify these sounds by name. Then they used their bodies to create music with an interactive body percussion screen on my computer. Finally they listened to a few instruments that demonstrated high and low like the piccolo vs the bassoon and the triangle vs the bass drum.
This cycle the students listened to the story of the "Nutcracker" as it is a part of December celebrations in many families. The students then moved to two songs from the "Nutcracker" "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and the "Russian Dance" that they both loved. Finally we watched a short section of the "Nutcracker" to see how ballet works on the stage.
This cycle the students concluded their holiday celebration preparation. We talked about how to stand up, how to sit down and how to stand when you sing.
This cycle students continued to work on "Jingle Bells" for the holiday celebration, as well as "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Up on the Housetop." If time remained, students listened to and moved to the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from the "Nutcracker." They really enjoyed this.
This cycle students continued to work on "Jingle Bells" while they played the jingle bells. We talked about high vs. low things with an interactive screen from Quaver as well as a fun game called "Handy Dandy." Your student should be able to play this with you at home! Finally we reviewed "Up on the Housetop" and learned "Here Comes Santa Claus."
This cycle students started to work on "Jingle Bells" for our annual Holiday music celebration. They also got to play the jingle bells while they sang. Students were then tested on their knowledge of loud vs. soft with an interactive screen through Quaver. Finally Mrs. B taught everyone "Up on the Housetop" with motions.
This cycle students met the Wise Old Owl. They learned how to sing "hoo" to say hello to him. We then reviewed "You're a Grand Old Flag" for Veteran's day. Mrs. B then taught everyone "Pass the Pumpkin" and we played the game together.
After singing one last time to Mrs. Koo Koo, the students learned a new song "You're a Grand Old Flag" for our Veteran's day programs. The lyrics are in the side bar of this web site. We then moved to "Dance Macabre" by Camille Saint Saenes. The students loved listening to the classical piece of music, it is worth looking up and listening to again! They then reviewed the voice types (whisper, talk, shout and sing) and played an interactive game where they had to guess the voice type.
After singing to Mrs. Koo Koo, the students learned a new Halloween song "Pumpkin, Pumpkin." Students then practiced echoing patterns back to Mrs. B for a short assessment. Finally, we sang and played a game together called "Apple Tree" that the students loved. Ask them to sing it for you!
Cycle 5 and 6:
After singing to Mrs. Koo Koo bird for a quick assessment, students learned a fun song for October “See the Old Witch.” We then echoed some rhythmic patterns (to prepare them to read rhythms later this year). Finally Mrs. B showed them how to move into a circle safely. Students learned the song “Apple Tree” and Mrs. B showed them how the game will work.
Cycle 3 and 4:
In Kindergarten, students are experiencing many different musical ideas without naming them just yet. The overall goal is that students should know fast vs. slow, high vs. low, loud vs. soft, heart beat and rhythm by the end of the school year. We read the book “Say Zoop” a super fun book that encourages vocal exploration. I highly recommend you check it out of your local library, the kids loved it. Our focus right now is feeling fast vs. slow which we practiced with the chant “Queen Caroline” and moving our train around the room with “Engine No. 9”. In cycle 5, students will move with our Quaver friend on the treadmill (using our online curriculum) and have a brief assessment on fast or slow. What you will see in Skyward will either be an “O”- student was able to identify if the music was fast or slow OR an “S” student participated but did not name the correct speed at this time. Especially at the beginning of the kindergarten year, most students will receive an S on assignments as they are still learning, that will gradually change over the course of the school year.