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Playing a known song on Orff instruments

I'm going to post my lesson plans in the next few months. My goal is to post them all, but I probably cannot do more than one or two per month. My goal is to apply some of the lessons I'm learning through experience and reading Classroom Instruction That Works as part of my building's professional development. 

With this lesson, I'm reinforcing what we did last week, deepening the singing skills that are ongoing in our classroom, and introducing the playing of a known song on the Orff instruments. 

Though my students are developing normally, they are beginners in my Orff/Kodaly classroom. Therefore, Grade 1, 2, and 3 learn First Grade curriculum. The following is my current lesson plan.

Opening Song: [Goal: to establish good singing, a group musical effort, and practice good diction.]
Grade 1 and 2: {new} Humuhumunukunukuapawa'a: Music K8 Volume 17 #5
Grade 3: {repeat} Hart Times Come Again No More by Stephen Foster
           Students really responded to this song last week. Let's get the air moving and work on expressive singing. 

Objectives video: 


Review Last week's lesson:

  • Hand out one rhythm instrument per table of 7-8 students
  • rotate through all students to establish clean, quiet rotations
  • hand out a xylophone and do a known rhythm for an entire rotation
Game: 
Grade 1 and 2: Apple Tree, the passing game on do-mi-so
Grade 3: Closet Key, the passing game on do-re-mi

Learn known song by notes:

Body signs--note names with body signs--air xylophone---instruments (F=do)
SINGING THE WHOLE TIME

Adding Color: NEW CONCEPT 

Might need a lesson just on this, but let's see how they handle it. 
Color note is "C"
Color on words "me" and "out" for Apple Tree
Color on words "key" and "--den" in closet key. 

Due to Good Friday, I will likely repeat this lesson next week. But next time, I'll share my assessment rubric rather than lesson objectives. Friday's students (in two weeks) will get the 45" video (above) but I'll insert the rubric before we go to the instruments. 

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