DC Collaborative Great Musical Adaptations

Hey, Friends! Really enjoyed working with you all this morning, and thanks so much for humoring me and joining in the adaptation of the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game!

Here are the strategies we used this morning. Feel free to look in other workshop entries for more. Don't forget to check out the <education.wolftrap.org> site, too, and please stay in touch!

Sue

 

 

WHO’S A GOOD WATCHER?

  Collected from Mary Gresock

Use steady beat. Presenter models a motion, changes to a new motion on “oops!”

 

Who’s a good watcher,  watcher, watcher?

Who’s a good watcher?

 Show me now!

Ooops!

Extension: On oops, “pass” the lead to a new person.

 

AGOO AME

Collected from Kofi Dennis

This song comes from Ghana, and roughly translates to "Are You Listening? Yes, I am listening."  This version is my adaptation of the traditional form.

There are two notes in the word "Agoo": F and D on your classroom xylophone. The word Ame is the same two note melody. The rest is chanted. It’s important to keep steady beat in your voice all the time. 

 
Set Up: I sing "Agoo" -- You sing "Amee"
1. Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "amee"  2. Repeat

2. Chant: I go first, then you go
  Chant: Clap clap clap clap (children echo)
  Shoulder shoulder shoulder shoulder (children echo)
  Side side side side (children echo)
  who who who who (children echo)
  whooo-ey! (Children echo)

4. Repeat entire sequence, beginning with Agoo/Amee call and response, twice 
 
5. Offer a sequence of 3 new motions, such as climb, down (same motion but toward the floor), fly.
Keep the deep "who" sound and the high "whooey" sound
 
6. Invite the children to add three new motions.

 

SLIDE WHISTLE

1. Invite children to follow the sound with voices and with parts of their bodies. Identify high and low sounds.

2. Toot the whistle and invite children to take the same number of steps as toots – in lines, into a circle, around a circle. Change motions: jump, hop, march, etc.

 

LITTLE FROGS

 by Sue Trainor

 

Objectives:          Moving to music

                                     Identifying on, under

                                     Awareness of one’s body in space

                                    Extended vigorous exericse

 

 

Procedure:

1. Spread a green cloth on the floor to represent the lily pad. One by one, take little frogs out of a bag and hop them on to the lily pad, one for each child and adult. 

2. Set-up the song with a phrase to cue the starting note and the beat, such as “Let’s all sing!”

3.

 C  C    E        C       D        G     F   E D  C

Little green frogs jump ON the lily pad,

G     F   E D  C       D     D      G

ON the lily pad, see them jump!

C   C    E         C       D        G     F  E D  C

Little green frogs jump ON the lily pad

G      G       G G    G       G F    D        C

See those little frogs, little frogs jump!

 

4.   Spoken: UH OH! Here comes a big bird looking for a green frog for his supper! (Someone can pretend to be the big bird, flying with arms outstretched.)  Hide, Little Frogs, Hide!

 

5.  Everyone takes their little green frogs and hides them under the cloth.

Sing quietly:

Little green frogs hide UNDER the lily pad,

UNDER the lily pad, see them hide!

Little green frogs hide UNDER the lily pad

See those little frogs, little frogs hide!

 

6. Spoken: That big old bird doesn't see any frogs, so he flies away. Come out little frogs, come out!

Repeat singing the first verse.

7. Now WE become the frogs. Repeat the entire sequence.

 

 

 Have You Got Your Spot? 

 By Sue Trainor

 

1.  Everyone is sitting on a designated spot. Leader calls; children respond.

Call: Have you got your spot ?   Response: Yes I do!

Call: Have you got your spot ?   Response: Yes I do!

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

 

Call: Can you stretch on your spot ?   Response:Yes I can!  (stretch arms high)

Call: Can you stretch on your spot ?   Response:Yes I can!  (stretch arms high)

Call: What are you doing?          Response:Stretching on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response:Stretching on the spot

 

2. Try another sitting motion or two. If everyone is holding their spot, try standing.

Call: Can you stand on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

3.  Call: Can you jump on your spot?   Response:Yes I can!  (etc.)

4. Ask for children’s suggestions for movement and substitute those actions into the chant.

5. End with:  Call: “Can You Sit on Your Spot”   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

 

 

Mrs. Tin 

Collected from Mary Gresock, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Objectives:  Singing Voice, Matching pitch, Tone, Prediction, Participation in a group, Self-regulation

Procedure:

1. Leader holds up a container that contains an object related to the objective of the lesson. 

 

2. Introduce the container as “Mrs. Tin” and tell the children that Mrs. Tin is sleeping.

 

3. Tap on Mrs. Tin and sing “Hello Mrs. Tin” (notes are G E GG E). Sing the song and go around the classroom, allowing the children to tap on Mrs. Tin and sing hello.

 

4. When anticipation is built and enough turns are taken, dramatically open the top and let children peek. 

 

 

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

Collaborative Effort!

 

THE CHANT:

Rock, paper, scissors, huh!

Rock, paper, scissors, huh!

Rock, paper, scissors, huh!

Aaaaaaand shoot! *

 

*I will substitute “go.”

 

 

THE GAME:

 

1. Begin with steady beat on a drum or similar.

 

2. Set up the start with a cue phrase, like “ready, set here we go!”

 

3.  Everyone walks to the beat. On the word “aaaaaaand…” find a partner. On the word “shoot” or “go,” each partner shows either rock, paper or scissors.

Rock beats scissors, paper covers rock, scissors cut paper.

 

4. 4. The loser in the pair gets in line behind the winner. Repeat the sequence, substituting the line-leader’s name instead of “huh,” as a cheer.  Line leaders look for other line leaders to play against; if there are an even number of lines, every line leader must play the round. Everyone in the loser’s line gets behind the winner’s line. IF line-leaders come up with the same sign in any round, it’s a tie and those lines play another round as they are, without joining a line or adding more people to their line.

 

5. Play until there is one winning line.

 

 

 MUSIC suggested by participant:

Barrington Levy (reggae)

  - especially “Work,” “Teach the Youth,” and “Warm and Sunny Day”

 

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