Mrs. B’s Week 6

Week 6  (For a printable PDF of this lesson, go here.)

The physical, mental and emotional effects of music

Welcome:  Delicious Music Theme Song

Getting to Know You:  Hyrum, Rayn, Sailor, Joohno, Jack

Activity:  Music makes you feel different emotions:  happy, sad, scared, excited.  Listen to music and see how you feel:

1.  Excited:

Play: La Polka Militaire

Sing:  Jingle bells (use bells)

2.  Sad:

Play:  Moonlight Sonata

Sing:   if you chance to meet a frown

3.  Scared:

Play:  Pawnee Attack

I’m a mean old witch

I’m a mean old witch with a hat

And I ride on a broom with my cat

And my shoes are pointed and my chin is too

And you better watch out cause I might scare you

I’m a mean old witch with a hat.  Boo!

4.  Happy:

Play:  Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious

Sing:   If you’re happy and you know it

Discussion:  Music can make you feel so many emotions so always be careful to listen to music that makes you feel good and happy and avoid music that is harmful.

Goodbye:  Adios Amigos

Mrs. B’s Week 9

Week 9 (For a printable PDF of this lesson, go here.)

Solfa: d-r-m-f-s

Welcome:  Delicious Music Theme Song

D-R-M Review:

1.  review signs

2.  someone write song

3.  learn words to hot cross buns

4.  sing solfa hot cross buns

Teach F-S:

1.  teach signs

2.  someone write song

3.  learn words to banana split

4.  sing solfa banana split

Fun Song:  We Are the Explorers  (Willy the worm)

Goodbye:  Adios Amigos

Mrs. B’s Week 8

Week 8 (For a printable PDF, go here.)


Welcome:  Delicious Music theme song

Introduction:  We have learned so much in music.  We’ve learned about:  vibrations, how you can make music with your body and that makes you special.  We’ve talked about how music can make you feel all kinds of emotions like happy, sad or scared.

Today we are going to learn how we make music using notes.

1.  Show piano sheet music that is simple and music that is complex.  Point out notes.

2.  In Delicious Music we are not going to learn note names but learn about something called Solfa.

Video:  Show Sound of Music clip

Solfa:  Learn first three solfa pitches and signs (d, r, m).  Put notes together you can make a song.

Solfa Game:  Magnet d, r, m circles on board put into different order and sign and sing made up song.

Sing:  We are the Explorers

Goodbye:  Adios Amigos

Mrs. B’s Week 7

Week 7 (For a printable PDF of this lesson, go here.)

Halloween Fun

Welcome:  Delicious Music Theme Song

Activity:  Draw an object

1.  I’m a Mean old Witch with a Hat (witch) – ghost measure

2.  Those Bones (skeleton)

“These bones, these bones, these dancing bones

These bones, these bones, these dancing bones

These bones, these bones, these dancing bones

We’re doing the skeleton dance.”

3.  5 Creepy Spiders (spider) – tune:  3 blind mice -Echo game

5 creepy spiders.  Five creepy spiders

See how they crawl.  See how they crawl

Crawl crawl craw.  Crawl crawl crawl

Five creepy spiders.  Five creepy spiders

4.  Knock Knock, Trick of Treat (ghost)

Knock Knock, trick or treat. Who are you?

I’m a ghost.  I’m a ghost.

Knock Knock, trick or treat. Who are you?

I’m a scary ghost.  Boo!

5.  Go Away! Tune:  (monster) she’ll be coming around the mountain – animal sounds

Go away scary monster, go away.

Go away! (repeat)

Go away spooky witch, go away

Go away! (repeat)

6.  Can You Make a Happy Face? (pumpkin) Tune:  London Bridges – what jack o’ lantern did you carve?

Can you make a happy face?  Happy face, happy face?

Can you make a happy face?  Jack o’ lantern

Can you make an angry face….

Can you make a scared face….

Can you make a sad face….

Week 8

Notes and pitch

Introduce Solfa and sing garden style music

Mrs. B’s Week 5

Week 5 (For printable PDF, go here.)

You are Unique

Welcome:  Time for Some Delicious Music

Getting to Know You:  Alice, Conner, Canyon, Macey

Activity:  Marvin the Monkey

Everything about you is unique!  The way you look, your voice and everything about you makes you unique and special.  Marvin the Monkey has things posted all over him that make him unique.

1.  Eyes –  Two little Eyes

Two little eyes that blink, blink, blink

Two little eyes that see;

Head and shoulders, knees and toes;

And many more things make me

Tra la la la la la

Two little eyes that see,

Two little eyes that blink, blink, blink,

And many more things make me.

2.   Mouth – Vibrations are unique to you

ipad experiment

Blindfold teacher to see if she can pick out who’s speaking

Sing:  The Explorers

3.  Knees –  Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

4.  Daniel tiger – You are Special

You are my friend you are special

You’re one of a kind.

You’re special.

Discussion:  How do you take care of your unique body?

Goodbye:  Adios Amigos

Mrs. B’s Week 4

Week 4  (Printable PDF here)

Fall Fun:  Scarecrow poster

Welcome:  Delicious music theme song

Activity:  Pick a part of the poster and build a scarecrow.  Each piece has a song and occasionally an activity to go with it

1.  The Explorers

2.  Bells:  Adios Amigos (one person plays it on the bells)

3.  In the leafy tree tops (use legato / staccato signs)

4.  It’s Autumn time (use animal sound signs)

5.  Hinges (from children’s primary songbook)

6.  Leaves are falling all around (use eddie spaghetti poster)

Goodbye Song:  Sing Adios Amigos

Mrs. B’s Week 3: Vibrations and Waves

Week 3 (For printable PDF, go here.)

Vibrations and Waves

Welcome:  Delicious music theme song

Getting to know you:  Pick four more children to share something about themselves and play a song on the bells.

Activity:  Learn about what makes sound.  Sound is vibrations that go to my ear and sends a message to my brain making sounds that I can hear.

Demonstrations: (classrooms may be stocked with the first two items)

1.  Vibrations:  pluck an elastic around a bread pan to show vibrations

2.  Vibrations create airwaves:  hit one pan next to another pan that has cupcake sprinkles on top and watch the sprinkles move.

3.  Feel vibrations:  comb and wax paper activity

a.  give everyone a plastic comb (I found packs at the dollar store)

b.  cover the comb with a small square piece of wax paper

c.  blow into the wax paper to feel the vibrations

d.  blow to the tune of “adios amigos” together

Video:  Evelyn Glennie – deaf percussionist who plays by feeling the vibrations through her fingers and body (7:25 minutes found on

Song:  The Explorers

Goodbye Song:  Sing Adios Amigos

Mrs. B’s Week 2

Week 2 (For a printable PDF of this lesson, go here.)

The Story of Music

Welcome:  Sing theme song and teach next line.

Getting to know you:  Pick four more children to share something about themselves and play a song on the bells.

Activity:  Mr. Potato Head activity

1.  We are going to learn about music today by using our bodies.

2.  Mr. Musical Max is missing body parts.  Pick a part and tell us how you would use that body part to make music.

a.  Hands:  How would you make music with your hands?  Clapping

1.  make rainstorm using hands (small pitter – patter to loud rain).  Use signs for kids to show loud and softs of rain.

a.  principle – loud and soft in music.

b.  Mouth:  How do you make music with your mouth?  Singing

1.  teach first two lines of school song.

a.  principle – all bodies are different so everyone has a unique sound.

c.  Feet:  How can you make music with your feet?  Stomping

1.  Sing:  “if you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet”

2.  Show clogging shoes and demonstrate sounds made by feet.

a.  principle – music makes us feel happy and is made up of rhythm and beats.

Coloring books:  Books to take home and color that talks about some things we learned about today.  Color and read it with family.

Goodbye Song:  Sing Adios Amigos

DM-K Mrs. Young’s Class 11-10-17 (Learning do, re, and mi, using “Hot Cross Buns”)

For a printable version of this lesson, click on the image or click here. The printable version does not have all the explanation given below, so if you want more details, read this lesson plan.

  1. Welcome Song (“Delicious Music“)
  2. Nature/history/life connection: Teach the background of the song “Hot Cross Buns” in order to prepare them for learning do, re, and mi. “What is the weather like this month? Hot? Cold? What do you feel like eating when you are cold? Something warm? I do! Where do you get food when you are hungry? You go to your fridge, cupboard, or you make something. Where else can you get food? At the grocery store, farm, restaurant. What if you are at a football game? Have you ever seen someone selling food at a baseball or football game, or maybe even on the street in a big city?  A long time ago in England, people would sell food on the street. The people lived in busy cities, with the houses all built next to each other without yards, but more like apartment buildings. Sellers would call out what they had to sell to the people in their homes and on the streets. (Maybe you can remember in the movie ‘Mary Poppins’ the chimney sweeps?) Food sellers made food and carried it in a cart or over their shoulders on in a basket, and they would call out to the people on the street. The milk sellers would call out ‘Mi-o’ if they were selling milk. ‘Mi-o’ stood for ‘Milk below,’ so people inside could look out their windows and ask to buy the milk that a ‘milkmaid’ was carrying below (see ‘Life on the streets of Victoria England’ by Judith Flanders). There is a song that is called ‘Hot Cross Buns’ that is because of food sellers trying to sell their hot rolls (‘bun’ is a British word for roll) that had a cross on them and looked like this (show image) (see ‘Hot Cross Buns’). Don’t they look yummy? Ooh, I could eat one right now! I’m going to pretend I am a street seller selling hot cross buns.” (Pretend, holding a basket prop and walking back and forth calling out, “Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns for sale! One for a penny!”) “Only a penny? Wow! That’s not much money! But a long time ago it was more expensive. Pennies could buy a lot more! Would you like to learn this song? Great!
  3. Teach “Hot Cross Buns.” Sing (demo) it first, then put the lyrics sheet up next on the board and point to the words. Sing it again a third time with the children. Ask for a volunteer who would like to try singing it as a solo for everyone.
  4. Teach that the notes do, re, and mi have names and teach how to write them. “What would happen if we didn’t sing the words to this song? We could hum it, right? Let’s try.” Hum the song. “How many different sounds do you hear in this song?” Hum the 3 notes, ascending and descending. “Oh, there are 3, right? Let’s see if I can find them on my resonator bells.” Play do, re, and mi on the bells. “Each of these notes on my resonator bells makes a different sound, yes? Just like each of you has your own unique voice? Well, each of you also has a name, and each of these bells that make its own sound has a name. We call each sound a ‘note’ and each note has a different name. This note we call ‘do’ ” (etc., with re and mi). “One way we can write the names of these notes is by writing their name with letters down, like this.” (Write “do” “re” and “mi” on the board. “Another way we can write their names–this way is faster–is to just write their first letters down.” (Write d, r, mHot Cross Buns.) So if we wanted to write this whole song down, we could go like this. (Write the song on the board in solfa notation: m r d, as shown on the page.) “Sing it with me.” (Point to each note as you sing it.) “Beautifully done!”
  5. Teach that there are other ways to notate music. “We could make circles of the colors of these resonator bells, like this.” (Show Hot Cross Buns song seed sheet music page with just the colored dots, no Solfa notation on them.) “You could even just color with crayons or pens, dots on a paper, like this child did.” (Show an example of a child’s song.) “We will try writing down a song in just a minute. And you can either color dots or you can write the note names, just like I taught you. But I want to show you two more ways you can write or show music: One is by learning how to write music like this” (hold up a copy of black and white sheet music–go here). We aren’t going to learn how to write music this way this year. But you can if you want to at home or another year in school, I hope! The other way I’m going to teach you today is using your hands and no paper at all! There are signs that we make with our hands for each note on our resonator bells. For do, we make this sign” (repeat for re and mi). (For ideas on how to teach Solfa signs, go here.)
  6. Practice the Solfa signs. Practice the signs for a few minutes. Make up songs on the spot using d, r, and m. 
  7. Music composition. Allow the children to create music. Using the white board and asking for volunteers, spend a minute or two modeling how to create a song. “How do we write down a song that we have made up? That’s correct! We write down the notes using their names or coloring dots to show the notes we want to use, like this.” Pick a note and sing it aloud, writing the note name on the board. Repeat until you have created a song. Ask for 2 children to create a song up on the board. Then invite the children to go to their seats, where there are crayons and a piece of paper. Instruct them to create their own song using d, r, m. After a few minutes, ask for 2 or 3 volunteers to share their song.
  8. School Song. If you have sufficient time, practice the school song.
  9. Video Clip. If you have sufficient time, watch the clip from “Who Will Buy?” from the musical Oliver. Be sensitive to the audience you are teaching. Is this song appropriate for your class? The actual plot of Oliver could be frightening to children this age, so be sensitive to whether or not showing this clip would be good for your class.
  10. Sing Adios, Amigos.


Fall Fun (Scarecrow or Fall Tree)

This lesson can be used in the fall just for fun.

Welcome: DM Theme Song

Activity: Pick a part of the scarecrow to begin building a scarecrow on a posterboard or white board. You can show this photo of a scarecrow and pick one child to choose a number. You have the parts of a scarecrow written on numbered slips of paper in a paper cup. Each number corresponds to a song or activity that you have decided ahead of time to do, such as those listed below. They pick a paper and then they (or another child) get to draw part of the scarecrow (an arm, head, leg, etc.) If you draw the scarecrow ahead of time, each piece would have a song/activity to go with it.

OR you could also pick some fall leaves from outside and draw a simple tree trunk and branches on the white board, putting the leaves on the “tree” with magnets or tape. If you are not familiar with these songs listed below, choose songs or fall-related music and movement activities that the children will know. Or teach or listen to a new song! Below the numbered list are some ideas of song you could taste.

  1. The Explorers (school song)
  2. Bells: Adios Amigos (one person plays it on the bells or sings it solo)
  3. In the Leafy Tree Tops (Use legato/staccato signs: Teach legato/staccato first)
  4. It’s Autumntime
  5. Hinges
  6. Leaves Are Falling All Around

Goodbye Song: Adios Amigos

Fall Songs:

I Am Like an Apple Seed

Harvest’s Here

L’automne (“Fall”) by Vivaldi

“Les feuilles mortes” (“Autumn Leaves”) by violin, harp, or harmonica (feuilles means “leaves” and mortes means “dead”)

This video is for reference for teachers, to give you ideas for actions or how to teach this song. This teacher is using it for spring, but you could adapt lyrics to fall.