I love the song Old House and I've been looking for something new to do with the song. It's a great la prep or practice song and I start by focusing on the call and response aspect of the song through use of a SMART Board presentation.
My SMART Board lesson includes pages for students to fill in the boxes
with just the melodic contour shown with the words:
For a free download of my Old House SMART Board lesson, click here(Under the Free Downloads heading.)
This year I developed a game to review rhythms with my older students.
A few years ago, some of our wonderful ROCKE members (now our ROCKE board!) presented a session at our state music ed conference in which they played Jenga while singing Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho. I loved the idea of using the Jenga pieces so I adapted their game for this song.
Beat passing/rhythm review reading game:
During the song the toolbox is passed on the beat.
(We sing the "build it up" verse first so we can build with the Jenga pieces.)
The student holding the box on the last beat of the song chooses a rhythm card from the toolbox and chants and claps the rhythm. The other students repeat the rhythm.
If the student performs the rhythm correctly, he or she recieves Jenga pieces to build the house in the center of the circle.
I often tie the number of Jenga pieces to the difficulty of the card. A card with 16th note patterns or a syncopated rhythm is worth 6 Jenga pieces while a rhythm card containing quarter notes and eighth note is worth 4 Jenga pieces.
Bonus Jenga pieces can be earned if the student can answer a question about the rhythm.
"How many beats is syn-co-pa?"
"What rhythm is in the 3rd beat?"
"How many sounds is ti ti-ka?"
"Can you speak that rhythm again but change 1 beat?"
The students love playing the game and it's been a fun way to review rhythms and get back into the habit of making music!