Q2W11-12 (1st and 2nd Grade)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level1st and 2nd Grade
Week #11-12
Unit of InstructionMusicality, High and Low Sounds, Xylophones
Standard(s) Taught

Maintain a steady beat while singing. 

Identify steady beat in music.

Sing a song that uses speaking, whispering, and shouting.

Sing songs with various forms.

Sing songs with an open, relaxed sound and maintain pitch.

Play instruments alone and with others. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voices.

Students will be able to find and maintain a steady beat.

Students will continue to memorize and work on their winter performance pieces.

Students will play the xylophones with the correct technique. 

Students will play the proper sound effects to go along with a story on the xylophones.

Classroom Activities

Warm-up : Hello There

Beat Buddy Exercise: maintaining a steady beat

Warm-up song :

  • John Kanaka
  • I bought me a Cat
  • A Ram Sam Sam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Good-bye Julie

Winter Performance Pieces: singing voice, performing, critiquing performances (self-assessment, teacher assessment) 

  • Out in the Cold
  • The Penguin Ball
  • Roly Poly Polar Bears
  • One Good Tern
  • Seal the Deal 


  • Go over proper xylophone technique and rule of the xylophones in the music classroom
  • Rest position 
  • High and Low sounds on the xylophone 
  • Beat Buddy Story with high and low sounds
  • Jump! 
  • Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! 

Cookoo, Where Are You?

  • Solo
  • Singing voice
  • Echo singing
  • Listening skills assessment 

Shanghai Chicken

  • Low to High sounds
  • Singing voice
  • “Do” to “So” (pitches) 
  • Memorization skills 
  • African American Folk Song
  • Read “Last Night I dreamed of Chickens” (poem, across the curriculum) 

If more time is needed, beat buddy game 

Assignments Due

Be practicing winter performance songs! 

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