Q1 Sept. 24 – Oct. 12 2018 (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade LevelKindergarten and 1st
Week #7-9
Unit of InstructionExploring Rhythm and Melody
Standard(s) Taught

Singing alone and with others. 

Reading basic rhythm notation. 

Maintaining a steady beat while performing a dance. 

Finding and maintaining a steady beat. 

Playing instruments with proper playing technique. 

Performing songs from memory. 

Sing echo phrases. 

Move to show when a melody goes from low to high and high to low. 

Matching pitch. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voices. 

Students will begin working on their Winter Performance pieces. 

Students will be able to read and count basic rhythms. 

Students will compose their own rhythms and play them. 

Students will learn a folk dance and perform it in class (1st grade, maybe kindergarten) 

Students will echo sing and match pitch. 

Students will show with movement what they hear in music. 

Students will play a music game using their singing voices and steady beat skills. 

Classroom Activities

Welcome, Vocal Warm-up

  • Hello There!

Beat Buddy Exercise

  • Finding and maintaining a steady beat 

I’m Tall, I’m Small (Kindergarten)

  • High and low sounds

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Singing voice 
  • Matching pitch 
  • Steady beat

Head Shoulders Baby (1st grade), My Head and My Shoulders (Kindergarten)

  • Movement
  • Singing voice

Hands Like This

  • Movement
  • Steady beat 

Wind Blew East 

  • Singing voice
  • Movement 
  • Showing high to low sounds 

Bluebird, Bluebird

  • Singing voice
  • Matching pitch 

Winter Performance pieces

  • Pajama Party!
  • Talk about performing 
  • Begin learning songs for show (memorization) 

Teddy Bear (Kindergarten)

  • Movement
  • Echo singing 

Willowbee Folk Dance (1st grade) 

  • Performing a folk dance and maintaining a steady beat 
  • Following directions
  • Team work
  • Singing voice 

Echo the Parrot

  • Solo singing
  • Matching pitch
  • Teacher assessment


  • Go over Ta and Ti Ti
  • Add rests (shh) 
  • Have students come and compose rhythms on the board for their classmates to play 

Cut the Cake

  • Music game
  • Singing voice
  • Steady beat
  • Following directions
  • Teacher assessment 
Assignments Due


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