Q1 Sept. 10-21 2018 (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade LevelKindergarten and 1st
Week #5-6
Unit of InstructionExploring Rhythm and Melody
Standard(s) Taught

Find and maintain a steady beat. 

Sing a song while keeping a steady beat. 

Play percussion instruments to show the beat and rhythm of a song. 

Read quarter and eighth notes (Ta, Ti Ti) 

Singing with appropriate vocal quality. 

Identify sing, whisper, and shout. 

Sing songs from diverse cultures. 

Perform songs from memory. 

Compare and contrast fast and slow tempos. 

Perform songs and rhymes to connect with other subject areas. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voices. 

Students will find and maintain a steady beat. 

Students will perform multiple songs from memory that they have learned in class. 

Students will use movement to show what they hear in a piece of music. 

Students will play on instruments with the proper technique. 

Students will solo sing and match pitch. 

Students will be able to identify quarter notes and eighth notes (Ta and Ti Ti) 

Classroom Activities

Vocal Warm-up

  • Hello There!

Beat Buddy Exercise

  • Finding and maintaining a steady beat
  • Imitating teacher or peer 
  • Listening
  • Rhythm assessment 

John Kanaka (Kindergarten)

  • From memory! 
  • Singing voice

Fruits and Vegetables

  • What other class at Ivy Hawn do we learn about fruits and vegetables? (Agri-culture)
  • Singing voice
  • Memorization

Gypsy in the Moonlight (1st grade)

  • What rhythms are in this song? (Ta and Ti Ti) 
  • Memorization 

My Head and My Shoulders (Kindergarten)

Head, Shoulders, Baby (1st Grade) 

  • Movement
  • Body parts (science) 
  • Singing voice 

I bought me a Cat (Kindergarten)

  • What animals do we hear about in this song? 
  • Where would these animals live? (a farm) 

Each of Us is a Flower (1st Grade)

  • What do you think this song means? 
  • How does this song make you feel? 
  • What do flowers need? 


  • Movement
  • Showing what you hear in a piece of music (high and low sounds, fast/slow) 

My Pony Macaroni

  • Movement
  • Rhythm/Tempo

Down by the Cool of the Pool on Xylophones (1st grade?)

  • Add xylophones to the story Down by the Cool of the Pool (accompaniment)
  • Proper playing technique

Echo Solo Singing

  • Matching pitch 
  • Teacher assessment

Reading Quarter Notes and Eighth Notes

  • Identify quarter notes and eighth notes
  • Ta and Ti Ti
  • Have students play back rhythms on sticks
  • Have students come up with their own rhythms for the class to play 

Doggy Doggy Music Game if time is needed

Assignments Due


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