Musicplay Units

Easter Egg Fun and Games

Did you know Musicplay Online has a new Easter Unit AND a new Spring Unit?

Easter Egg Games with songs

Gr. 2 #79 Hide the Easter Eggs - piggyback tune

Gr. 3 #79 Hide Those Eggs - original song 

 
 
1.  Teach the children the song by rote.  (choose the song you like best!)
2.  Game Directions: Choose 3-5 students to hide Easter eggs in the classroom while the rest of the class hides eyes and sings the song. Eggs must be hidden in plain sight.  (not under something or in a drawer) . The rest of the class hunts for an egg.  Limit them to finding one egg per student.    Choose new students to hide the eggs.
 
For an interesting variation that will help you assess rhythm reading, write rhythms on the eggs that you use in the game.  When the child finds an egg, they bring it to you and tell you the rhythm.  If you want to print/use the activity instead of making plastic egg rhythms, I'll post these printable PDFs at www.musicplayonline.com on Monday in the Easter Unit.  If you don't already know about Musicplayonline.com, it's an affordable subscription website with a wealth of resources for teaching PreK-6 music.  ($149.95/year for ALL grades! - all the school can use it, and students can use a student login)
 
 

Compose a word rhythm using Basket/Egg 

I did this activity with my PreK classes last week.  You can do this with PreK-Gr. 3.  I brought two Easter baskets and two egg shakers out and made a pattern with them.  This pattern is:  Egg-Egg-Basket-Basket.  We said and clapped the pattern.  Then, I invited a child to make a new pattern.  We did several new patterns, saying and clapping them.  As an ear training activity, I told the children that I would clap "basket" or "egg" and they should point to what I had clapped.  To my delight, even my 3 year olds could point correctly to what I'd clapped.  
 
It's a short jump from clapping word rhythms, to labeling one sound on a beat as "ta" and two sounds on a beat as "ti-ti" and this is what I'd do with late K or grade 1-2 students.    
 
 

Easter Egg Word Chain - how to play the game! 

This game is online at www.musicplayonline.com.  
1.  When you click "start" the first egg rhythm appears.  Have the students clap this rhythm several times, and ask them to remember it.  Tell them that they will clap this rhythm AND the next one that appears.
2.  Click on the egg rhythm, and it disappears, while a new one appears.  Have the students clap rhythms one (that they can't see) and rhythm two (that they are seeing).
Practice rhythm one and two a few times, and  ask them to remember them.  Tell them that they will clap both of these rhythms AND the next one that appears.
3.  Click on the second egg rhythm, and it disappears, while a new one appears.  Have the students clap rhythms one (that they can't see) and rhythm two(that they can't see) and rhythm 3 (that they are seeing).
Continue adding rhythms to the rhythm chain as far as your students can go.
 
Alternatively - if this is too hard for your students, just use the activity as a rhythm reading exercise.  There are 8 levels of rhythm practice and there's a cute surprise at the end!
 
 
There are 8 levels of rhythm practice.  And there's a cute surprise after reading all the rhythms.
 
 
This Egg Shaker Matching game is one that I've used with K-5. 
 
K-1 students:  Shake the egg and see if they can guess what's in it.  I used an interesting variety of materials in the eggs including popcorn, rice, dried peas, small screws, tums, pennies.
 
Gr. 2-5 students:  Give each student one egg as they come in your classroom.  Have them find the matching egg by listening carefully to the sounds their egg shaker makes.  
 
To make it easy to check if students have found their match, I marked the pairs --- but most students don't notice the markings the first time they do this.  I also made a Key of what's in the eggs, because it is hard to tell!
 
There are many great games for Easter in musicplay!  Here are notes on just a few of them:

Find the Easter Basket 

Gr. 2#75 - practice dynamics, sm l while playing a hiding game
If you use the interactive Beat and Rhythm activities for Find the Easter Basket, you'll see that our team has now created a menu for the activities.
 
Now you can jump right to the activity that you want to do with the students.
 
The new Beat Chart (activity 2) is new.  Turn "off" the beats you want children to put "in their heads" and they sing out loud only for the beats that are "on." Developing audiation is fun!!!


John the Rabbit in PreK
 

The game is simple and fun!  Kids make a line on one side of the room.  Each time they sing "Yes Ma'am" they take a little jump toward you.  (You're Farmer Brown) . When you get to the end of the song, shoo the bunnies out of the garden.  Print the vegetable cards and use them in the song.  Then, clap the word rhythms.  I put out 4 cards on the floor.  My PreK closed their eyes and I clapped "sweet potato."  They correctly identified the vegetable I'd clapped.  Sweet!
 

Little Rabbit Foo Foo 

A shout out to Dana Herro who performed this in her concert, having the students act it out.  Instead of doing the fingerplay, when little Rabbit Foo Foo was hopping through the forest, they hopped.
 

Hurry Easter Bunny 

This is a great song to practice so-mi-do.  Kids love chase games and they learn the interval because they've sung it in the game so many times.
 

The Easter Unit at Musicplayonline.com also includes

- Music Match projectable (so you can teach/assess)
- Listening Glyph for Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
- Compose an Easter Melody using s-m, mrd, or ls mrd or CDE GA.  (choose the level for your students)
- Color by Note worksheet

Easter Unit at MusicplayOnline:

Did you know MusicplayOnline has a new Easter Unit AND a new Spring Unit?

Related Songs

There are lots of Easter and Bunny/Rabbit Songs:

Compose a melody for Easter or Spring!

There's a so-mi version, a do-re-mi version and a drm sl or CDE GA version.


Easter Egg Hunt

Practice Rhythms as you go on an Easter Egg Hunt! There are 8 levels of rhythm practice. And there's a cute surprise after reading all the rhythms.

Music Math

Want to have your students practice note values? There's a projectable Music Math activity with corresponding downloadable worksheets. There are multiple levels so you can choose the level that best suits your students.

Egg Shaker Matching Game

K-1 students: Shake the egg and see if they can guess what's in it. I used an interesting variety of materials in the eggs including popcorn, rice, dried peas, small screws, tums, pennies.


Gr. 2-5 students: Give each student one egg as they come in your classroom. Have them find the matching egg by listening carefully to the sounds their egg shaker makes.

To make it easy to check if students have found their match, I marked the pairs --- but most students don't notice the markings the first time they do this. I also made a Key of what's in the eggs, because it is hard to tell!

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks

To introduce the piece in PreK-K-1 I have the children pretend they are chicks in the shell pecking their way out. It's hard work, so when the long note comes, that's when the chick is resting. View the kids demo!

After active listening, have the kids complete the listening glyph. Enjoy!

There are many great games for Easter in Musicplay! Here are notes on just a few of them:

 

Find the Easter Basket

Gr. 2#75 - practice dynamics, sm l while playing a hiding game
If you use the interactive Beat and Rhythm activities for Find the Easter Basket, you'll see that our team has now created a menu for the activities.

Now you can jump right to the activity that you want to do with the students.

The new Beat Chart (activity 2) is new. Turn "off" the beats you want children to put "in their heads" and they sing out loud only for the beats that are "on." Developing audiation is fun!!!

John the Rabbit in PreK

The game is simple and fun! Kids make a line on one side of the room. Each time they sing "Yes Ma'am" they take a little jump toward you. (You're Farmer Brown) . When you get to the end of the song, shoo the bunnies out of the garden. Print the vegetable cards and use them in the song. Then, clap the word rhythms. I put out 4 cards on the floor. My PreK closed their eyes and I clapped "sweet potato." They correctly identified the vegetable I'd clapped. Sweet!

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

A shout out to Dana Herro who performed this in her concert, having the students act it out. Instead of doing the fingerplay, when little Rabbit Foo Foo was hopping through the forest, they hopped.

Hurry Easter Bunny

A great song to practice so-mi-do. Kids love chase games and they learn the interval because they've sung it in the game so many times.

The Musicplay Team hopes that you enjoy the new Easter activities as much as we enjoy making them for you!!!

St. Patricks Day Lesson Ideas

St. Patricks Day Lesson Ideas

We are LOVING the new St. Patrick’s Day unit on Musicplay Online. There are so many amazing lessons, projectable materials, worksheets, movies and games.  This week to get you started we will share a teaching process for using the melodic composition lesson.  There are two lessons available on Musicplay Online and many options are provided to meet the needs of your students!

Catch a Leprechaun:

St. Patrick’s Day Unit on Musicplay Online 


Grade Level: 

Grades 1-5. Options are provided in the online material to meet the needs of a variety of grade levels. 

Objectives:

  • Compose a melody (individually OR as a class) using solfa or standard notation (note names).
  • Sing a melodic composition OR transfer to pitched percussion instruments.
  • Write a melodic composition on the musical staff.

Materials Needed:

  • Projectables materials from Musicplay Online Subscription.
  • Worksheet printable (included in the link below).

 Process:

  1. Select a tone set or notes appropriate for your students. The online lesson has the options of so-mi, do-re-mi, do-re-mi-so-la, C-D-E, and C-D-E-G-A.  If using solfa, warm-up by singing solfa echoes and handsigns using the tone set you have selected.
  2. Teach the poem by rote, having students echo you one line at a time.
  3. Keep the beat using various levels of body percussion (snap, clap, pat, or stamp) and say the poem.
  4. As a class, use the online projectable to create a melody using the words of the poem.  Drag the solfa or notes into the boxes above the rhythmic notation.
  5. Practice singing your creation as a class.  Add movement or solfa hand signs to show how the melody moves high and low.  Make changes as needed.
  6. Once students are comfortable with the melody, transfer to pitched percussion instruments. You can do this by passing around a few glockenspiels or other barred instrument in a circle, therefore having only a few students trying at a time.  If you have enough instruments for a whole class, you can all try at the same time. Suggest students play with the tips of their fingers first or use the back of the mallets (so it isn’t too loud).  Remind students to sing while they play.  

Extension Activities:

Student can try the above activity on their own.  If students are able to write notes on the musical staff, they can complete the worksheet below. 

Click here to download this worksheet for free!

Assessment:

Video students playing their creations.  You can also use the worksheet provided as an assessment tool.

This and so much more in the NEW St. Patrick's Day Unit on MusicplayOnline:

1. Fun Fact Concept Movies: 

 

2. Compose a Melody - Ireland:

 

3. Compose a Melody - Leprechaun:

 

4. Improvise a Melody:

 

5. Phrase Rhythm Writing: 

 

6. Irish Jig:

 

7. Rhythm Erase Game:


 

8. Leprechaun Hunt Game:

 

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Valentine's Day Unit on MusicplayOnline

Valentine's Day Unit on MusicplayOnline

With less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day, the Musicplay Online team has been busy preparing some NEW activities available on the site. The great thing about these activities – they are so versatile. This week we will share with you some ways to integrate these activities with a variety of songs and how they can be used in different grade levels. 

Valentine’s Song Database 

Here you will find all the songs related to love, friendship, and Valentine’s Day available in Musicplay.
 

 
 
Valentine’s Word Composition

This is an activity that can be used in many different ways and for a variety of grade levels. Only use the rhythms that are appropriate for your students.  It never hurts for your students to see some more challenging rhythms. 
 

 
 
Some different ways to use this activity include:

  1. WARM-UP - Practice known rhythm patterns. Students can then transfer the patterns to body percussion or non-pitched percussion instruments.
  2. CREATE A "B" SECTION - Use this activity to create a B section or Rondo with other songs from Musicplay – Some songs that would work well for this include “I Like You” (Song #68 from Musicplay Grade 1) and “Love Somebody” (Song #60 from Musicplay 3).
  3. CREATE AN OSTINATO - Create a 4 or 8 beat ostinato to play with the songs “I Like You” (Song #68 from Musicplay Grade 1) or “Love Somebody” (Song #60 from Musicplay 3).  Transfer the ostinato to body percussion or non-pitched percussion instruments and try it while you sing the song at the same time.
  4. ASSESSMENT TOOL – Use the worksheets below (available on MUSICPLAY ONLINE) to assess reading, writing, and creating rhythm patterns.
 
 
 

Valentine's Day Matching Game - INCLUDES FLASHCARDS!

 
 

Recorder Mad Minutes:

 
 
 

For more information and a tour of the new Valentine's Unit check out the video link below:

 

All this and MORE available with your subscription to:

www.musicplayonline.com

Black History Month: Lesson Ideas on Musicplay Online

Black History Month: Lesson Ideas on Musicplay Online

The Musicplay Online team has been busy compiling resources for Black History Month. This is a great opportunity to use these resources as a basis for discussions about culture and history with your students.  Below are some activities, including a cup passing game, available on MUSICPLAY ONLINE to share in your classroom:

Fig Leaf Rag 

#3 from The Listening Kit Grade 4

Grade Level:

Grade 3 - 5

Objectives:

  • Read and play simple rhythm patterns. I can read and play simple rhythm patterns.
  • Review and discuss the form in music. I can identify the form or organization of a piece of music. 
Materials Needed:
  • Class set of cups. (I purchased some great, more durable cups from IKEA)
  • Projectables and recording from MusicplayOnline Subscription or Listening Kit Level 4
  • Form Tool from MusicplayOnline
Process:
1. Present the history of Scott Joplin. There is a short video available on MusicplayOnline. 
2. Listen to the piece of music. There are listening logs available for various learning levels in the online unit. Select the most appropriate one for your students and go through the questions. 
Listening Log Easy
Listening Log Advanced
3. Say and clap the rhythms for each section (A, B, and C) used in the cup game. 
4. In seated circle with the cups, practice each of the patterns. Continue practicing until students are successful in passing the cups with the patterns. 
5. Try with the music. 
6. This is a great opportunity to review FORM or how this piece of music is organized. Use the FORM TOOL on MusicplayOnline to review the form of this song. Check out the video for a quick lesson on how to use the FORM TOOL on MusicplayOnline. 

MORE Resources for Black History Month: 

1. A database of related songs and activities from Musicplay:

 

2. Two music listening activities featuring Scott Joplin:

3. Links and additional information/resources:

Plus so much more available with your subscription to MusicplayOnline.

The activity featured above is from the Listening Resource Kit 4. View the link below for more information on our Listening Kits: 
November 11th Unit

November 11th Unit

Check out this great new unit on MusicplayOnline. In this unit you'll find many related songs chosen from all the Musicplay grades. These are great choral selections to sing during an assembly. Included in this unit you will also find poems, the Last Post, and November 11th sample scripts. 

Create a free account at www.MusicplayOnline.com today to check out our newest unit! 

Back to School Unit on MusicplayOnline

Back to School Unit on MusicplayOnline

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a wonderful summer and that you’re excited for the new year! The Back to School Unit on MusicplayOnline is full of great resources to make your first few weeks a breeze! The unit provides multiple activities for students from Kindergarten – Grade 6. Read more to receive a discount code on a fantastic product for your classroom!

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