It's time for a new finger play. Five Little Pumpkins is a traditional fingerplay. I like to speak and then sing it (great intro to singing voice vs. speaking voice). Sue Schnitzer has a recording fo this on her "Boo, Cackle, Trick or Treat CD (you can find this on iTunes)
Students echoed rhythms on a neutral syllable (e.g. Ba Ba BaBa Ba). Then I videotaped each student echoing a rhythm. I had them come down in groups. They stood in a line and after they had a turn they went and sat back down on the risers.
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.