double-sided tone ladders for Apple Tree and Little Leaves
We've sung and played games, body signed, showed the "low" note by bending or ducking as we sang, echoed patterns while using individual tone ladders, and written do melodies with leaf note heads.
staff boards and leaf notes for melodic writing
This week I'll present do and the do clef and we'll focus on identifying, reading and writing do songs on the staff.
- Apple Tree
- Little Leaves
- Mouse Mousie
- Pumpkin Man (only the first two measures)
- One, Two, Three (Johnny Caught a Flea)
One of the practice activities I'll be incorporating is my
Apple and Pumpkin Melody Match
I found foam apples (the come in packages mixed green and red and can be found in the dollar bin,) and foam pumpkins. (I really need to own stock in Target stores. They receive a lot of my cash.)
On each apple I wrote the solfa of a do melodic pattern.
On the pumpkins I wrote the same melody on the staff with a do clef:
I stripped away the rhythm of these patterns because I want students to focus on the melody. (Have you ever noticed when showing mystery songs many kids will figure it out by matching the words and the rhythm and neglect the melody entirely? No? Just me? ...ok...)
Each student will start the game with a pumpkin or an apple.
They must find their partner and then write out their melody jointly on a staff board.
I have pumpkin, ghost, leaves, and blackcat noteheads, (thank you, Amy!) once the pair have found each other they can choose which noteheads they use to write their pattern.
Here are some of the do patterns I've used and what song and phrase they are from:
Do you have additional do songs/activities? Please let me know.
Have a lovely autumn week!