Today the students do this fingerplay all by themselves. I don't say it or do the motions with them. They were excited to do it all by themselves.
Students are finally getting the hang of echoing rhythms on a neutral syllable. I didn't have to repeat any of the rhythms. Soon I will introduce them to rhythm syllables.
We warm up our voices by doing sirens with the slide whistle. Then we sing the echo song "No More Pie".
Students are finally able to move to their at the board spots while I sing the song "One Bright and Sunny Morning".
We go over the expectations of the hammers before they each get a hammer. Then they sing the song without the teacher. I only ask them where should we tap the hammer next. I don't tap the hammers with them. Today I am watching to see whether or not they are tapping to the beat.
I review how to move from left to right and not to go too fast. I randomly call on students to come up to the board to tap the hammers as the class sings the song. I keep track of who had a turn using the iDoceo app on my iPad.
In this week's lessons students will say the poem and do the motions without the teacher. I don't say it with them and I don't do the motions with them.
The Mac Chicken Dance comes from Greg & Steves CD "Big!". I like this dance because it uses a lot of simple songs that all children should know (Itsy Bitsy Spider and Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes). It's also done to a very upbeat tempo. They even get to learn the "Chicken Dance". At the end they do the chicken dance starting slow and by the end it is so fast you can hardly keep up with it.