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    Itsy Bitsy Spider--Carly Simon

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    Covid Safety Chant

     In addition to learning a chant about staying safe at school and home during a viral pandemic, students explored making creative shapes with their bodies in low, medium and high levels at the end of each refrain.

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    The Very Busy Spider

    As I read the story, the students practiced steady beat while chanting, "The spider kept on working until the job was done" at the end of each page where the spider was "too busy spinning her web."

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    I Think Music's Neat, I Can Keep a Steady Beat.  1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.

    The students took turns leading different ways to keep a steady beat with their bodies.

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    Itsy Bitsy Spider--Little Richard

    Steady beat/pulse is an essential, elemental skill for music making.  So, we practice....a lot!  Again, the students took turns leading different ways to keep a steady beat with their bodies.

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     In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

    Even though we used this music as a steady beat and expression (loud/quiet, slow/fast/faster) lesson, you might enjoy watching this whimsical and delightful artistic rendering of the music.

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     Skin and Bones

    After I sang the first, story-part of the song, the students responded with "oooooooo" at the end of the phrase to practice using a light, singing head voice.

     

First Grade Music Skills

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