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Roses Are Red

Posted by lbbartolomeo on February 9, 2013

This is a wonderful 6/8 Valentine activity for intermediate grades. 

Using the old poem “Roses are Red”, echo speak with body percussion until everyone knows it.

1.  Individuals improvise the poem on pitched percussion/recorders.  When we do this, we start with someone and just proceed all around the room.  I keep a little bass beat on the BX and play a little interlude between each child.  It is so much fun and the 6/8 of course is lilting and beautiful!

2.  Finish the melody activity-On xylophones have students learn DRMS, DRMS for the first two lines of the poem and then they create the melody for the last two lines.  We vote on our favorite and that becomes their class melody.  I usually do it in C pentatonic.  It would work well on recorders in G major.  OR, you could do LDRM in E minor on recorders for a fun and accessible way to finish a melody using the notes EGAB.

3.  Building bricks with 6/8-students brainstorm.  Three eighth note examples are valentine and chocolate.  Dotted quarter examples are love, heart, red, candy.  Put combos together in groups to create B, C, D, E, F, etc. sections in rondo form with #2 song as your A section.  Or pick favorite group creation as the B section for a more simple binary form.  These can be transferred to non-pitched percussion.

4.  If you’d like to explore writing poems in the style of “Roses are Red”, this Bruce Lansky site is awesome.

Roses are blue.
Violets are red.
If you agree,
You’ve got rocks in your head.

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Valentine Game

Posted by lbbartolomeo on February 9, 2013

My K’s and 1’s LOVE this song/game!    

This game is sung to the tune of “This Old Man”.  “Valentine, valentine, won’t you be my valentine.  Number one, number two, number three it must be you.  Take my heart along with you!”

Students are in a circle and the leader holds a valentine in his/her hand and walks around the outside of the circle as everyone sings.  When they get to the numbers, the leader taps the head or back of the nearest student ONE, next student-TWO, next student-THREE and the third one gets the valentine.  At this point then there are two ways to play.  The new person can be the leader and the former leader takes the new leader’s place.  Or the way I play it is for the new leader to follow behind the original leader so that with each verse, the outer group creates a longer and longer line until all end up in the outer circle.

This song has

solfege:  SM, DRMFS, MRD               rhythms: two eighths, quarter, 4 sixteenths

Posted in 4 Sixteenths, DRMFS, MRD, SM, Two eighths/Qt., Valentine Game, Valentine's Day | Leave a Comment »

12 Days of Christmas

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 13, 2012

the12daysofchristmasI LOVE pop-up books.  This is a fascinating book with beautiful pop-ups of the twelve days.  I use it in grades K and 1.  We begin by counting to twelve, then backwards from 12.  I sing the song slowly as I unfold each page.  The repetition of this cumulative song in combination with the book really cements the song.

Author:  Robert Sabuda

The below video is wonderful because it has bold, large-scale characters and has lyrics included.  It’s the perfect combo with the above book.

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Wrap Paper Rhythms

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 9, 2012

IMG_0210I looked for repeating pattern wrapping paper, cut them and arranged them into rhythms I liked, then laminated them.

To the RIGHT you will see Santa, candy cane, reindeer, tree. (2 eighths, 2 sixteenths/eighth, 2 eighths, quarter) Row two is penguin, snowman, reindeer, gift. (2 eighths, 2 eighths, 2 eighths, quarter)  In the fourth row I inserted blanks for quarter rests.

BELOW you see individually cut pictures so students can create their own patterns.

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Halloween Round

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 18, 2012

Take the classic round “Ah Poor Bird”, which is minor and perfect for Halloween and change the words.     https://songwheel.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/batpumpkin.jpg?w=300

“Pumpkin eyes, glowing bright, bats and other creatures fly through the night.”

For movement, get in a circle and on macro beat take two steps in, two out, claw scratch up high twice w/right hand, twice w/left.

An alternate idea is two steps in, two steps out, then flap bat wings while stepping in a slow personal circle. (4 steps)

Here’s the music.

A Winter Version

       Winter wind, through the trees, snowing blowing weather can make you freeze!

MOVEMENT

Winter wind  (arms go sweeping to the front and up to shoulder level, then down)

Through the trees (repeat above motion)

Snowing blowing weather (arms straight over head with flutter fingers for the snow, arms slowly come down as it “snows”)

Can make you freeze. (rub arms like you are cold)

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