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The Crocodile – Music & Movement Lesson Plan

Here’s my lesson plan for the Crocodile theme!

This lesson was fun to do for the reason that it is an unusual theme. Feel free to use this plan in whichever way that best suits your class age and needs.

Materials Preparation: Find a picture of a crocodile on a tablet to show the children as part of the introduction. Prepare the songs included in the lesson outline below (you can buy them on iTunes or download them from YouTube). Ensure that you listen to and learn the songs prior to the class so that you don’t look like a dummy if you are not sure how the song goes.

  • Hello Song/Warm-up Song:
    • Gather the children together in a circle and greet one another with the Hello Song/Warm-up Song you prefer to use.
  • Circle Time Parachute Activity Songs: 
    • Sing two or three songs using the parachute. These songs are the same ones you use every week just to help the children feel familiar and confident. You can rotate through a few different ones as you feel. These are parachute activity songs that you can use the parachute in different ways for each song. The ones I use with the parachute are:
      • Ring a Ring of Roses (Children hold the parachute and walk around in a circle, fall down, jump up, make the “wind” billow the parachute up and down quickly, etc.)
      • Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Children sway from side to side holding the parachute, like rowing a boat, then making big or small waves up and down, and even letting a stuffed teddy bear “float on the water” i.e. on the parachute – children love to make the stuffed animal bounce up and down on the parachute!)
      • The Grand Old Duke of York (children march in place, lift the parachute up then down, and then salute)
      • Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (children go around in a circle holding the parachute for first verse, and then rub the parachute material together in their hands for the second verse – “this is the way we wash our clothes”)
  • Introduction of Theme: THE CROCODILE
    • Introduce the Crocodile theme using a nice picture of a crocodile on a tablet or using a poster. You can speak a little about crocodiles, their habitat and diet.

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Can you see the bubbles…?
Popping.. 1, 2, 3
Look out! There’s his snout
Is that…? Could it be?!Yes it’s a crocodile!
Look at his big smile
He’s got lots of teeth
He swims in the water
Just like he ought to
Sometimes hides underneath

Can you see the rushes
Bending…1, 2, 3
Look out! There’s his snout!
Is that…? Could it be?!

Yes! It’s a crocodile!
Look at his big smile
And short little legs
His belly scrapes the floor
As he walks on all four paws
Stomping as he treads!

Can you see the bubbles…?
Popping.. 1, 2, 3
Look out! There’s his snout
Is that…? Could it be?!

Yes it’s a crocodile!
Look at his big smile
He’s got a tail so long
And thick scaly skin
As sharp as pins
He’s (so) very strong

3. Gross Motor Activity: Use your Imagination!

  • Act out the Little Baby Bum Crocodile Song. The song will give you cues as to what actions you will do — like looking at the bubbles in the water and then looking through the bulrushes with make-believe binoculars at a crocodile in the water. The song will describe the crocodile’s big snout, teeth, tail, claws, etc. Act like the crocodile as the descriptive words are sung. You can do this song twice with actions to allow the children to get the hang of it.

4. Classical Spot Activity:

  • “Never Smile At A Crocodile”
  • Ask the children if they would ever smile at a crocodile?
  • Explain that this song comes from the Walt Disney Classic, Peter Pan. Ask if anyone has seen the movie.
  • Explain what the story is behind the song: Captain Hook is terribly afraid of crocodiles! This is because Peter Pan cut off his hand and threw it to Tick-Tock the crocodile who gobbled it up.

5. Musical Principle Activity:

  • Teach the children what a quarter/crotchet note is by showing them what it looks like:

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  • Explain that we need different symbols of notes to tell us how long the music note should sound.
  • Show them a picture of the note and teach them that it gets one count.
  • Pretend it is like a crocodile’s big snapping mouth, and clap saying, “One!”

6. Instrument Activity

  • Play along with the percussion instruments to “Never Smile At A Crocodile”
  • Practice playing just the first beat of every bar in the song.
  • Do a variety of different things with the instruments, ie shake instruments fast and slowly, loudly or quietly, shake them up or down, left or right, behind, twirl around in a circle, etc. The children will need to copy what you do.

7. Conclusion:

  • Help children to remember that although crocodiles are fun to look at at the zoo, they are dangerous and they should be extremely cautious to avoid them out in the wild.

8. Goodbye/Winding-Down Song:

  • In your circle, sing your Goodbye/Winding-Down song.
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Animals Music and Movement Lesson Plan

Animals

Here’s my music and movement lesson plan outline for the theme on ANIMALS. Bear in mind, this lesson is prepared for ages from 18 months up to 5 years old. Also, and as always, you may want to modify the lesson plan according to your class needs. Remember to begin with your warm-up “Hello Song” in your circle when you begin and then to end the lesson with your “Goodbye Song” or your “Winding Down Song” in your circle once more.

Music and Movement Lesson Plan: ANIMALS

Preparation:

Materials:

  • Parachute
  • Musical Instruments
  • Note Value Posters

Music: Old MacDonald Had A FarmWalking In The Jungle, Chicken Dance.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Circle Time:
  • Parachute activity songs: These are three parachute activity songs that you sing every week. I like “Ring a Ring a Rosies”, “The Grand Old Duke of York”, and “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”. These songs are the same every week for the children to feel familiar and comfortable for the lesson
  • Introduce the Animal theme with pictures of different animals on a tablet or posters or using stuffed animals
  • Ask children prior what sounds a cow, a horse, a pig, a sheep, a duck, a rooster makes, etc
  • Sing Old MacDonald Had A Farm
  1. Imagination Activity:
  • Walking In The Jungle – I LOVE the Super Simple Songs one!
  • Act out during the song by progressively walking, stomping, jumping, skipping and then running away.
  1. Gross Motor Activity:
  • The Chicken Dance – this is the one from the Dora the Explorer Party Favorites album
  • Teach Actions: For those of you who are not familiar with the Chicken Dance, here is a link to a video on how you do the actions, but this is how it goes: During the verse parts of the song, do 4 times “birdie” fingers action, 4 times flapping wings action, 4 times tail-feathers shaking action, 4 times clapping hands. During the chorus part, everyone holds hands in the circle and walks round, or grabs a partner to link arms and turn round together.
  1. Instrument Activity:
  • Teach different note values: quarter, half, dotted half and whole notes. Have the children learn the names and say them together aloud and then practice playing the different note values on their instruments as you display each poster.
  • Then let them play their instruments along with “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”. Try have them play according to the beat. It is helpful to count 1-2-3-4 to help identify and establish the beat. Depending on the class proficiency, they can sing along to the song and play instruments at the same time. You can mix things up with doing different actions with the percussion instruments as you choose.

So, at the end of all the activities, remember to do your “Goodbye Song” or your “Winding Down Song” in your circle.

Hope this lesson plan has given you some great ideas for your music and movement class on Animals!

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Winter Music & Movement Lesson Plan


Here’s my lesson plan for the Winter theme!

Materials Preparation: Bring a beanie, a scarf and a pair of gloves to class to help introduce the Winter theme. Find some pictures or posters of winter on a tablet to show the children as part of the introduction. Prepare the songs included in the lesson outline below (you can buy them on iTunes or download them from YouTube). Ensure that you listen to and learn the songs prior to the class so that you don’t look like a dummy if you are not sure how the song goes!

  1. Hello Song/Warm-up Song:
    • Gather the children together in a circle and greet one another with the Hello Song/Warm-up Song you prefer to use.
  2. Circle Time Parachute Activity Songs: 
    • Sing two or three songs using the parachute. These songs are the same ones you use every week just to help the children feel familiar and confident. You can rotate through a few different ones as you feel. These are parachute activity songs that you can use the parachute in different ways for each song. The ones I use with the parachute are:
      • Ring a Ring of Roses (Children hold the parachute and walk around in a circle, fall down, jump up, make the “wind” billow the parachute up and down quickly, etc.)
      • Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Children sway from side to side holding the parachute, like rowing a boat, then making big or small waves up and down, and even letting a stuffed teddy bear “float on the water” i.e. on the parachute – children love to make the stuffed animal bounce up and down on the parachute!)
      • The Grand Old Duke of York (children march in place, lift the parachute up then down, and then salute)
      • Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (children go around in a circle holding the parachute for first verse, and then rub the parachute material together in their hands for the second verse – “this is the way we wash our clothes”)
  3. Introduction of Theme: WINTER 
    • Introduce the Winter theme using a few different pictures about winter on a tablet or with posters.
    • Teach the Winter theme song using the beanie, scarf and gloves. Ask for a volunteer to be the model for putting on the beanie, scarf and gloves, as you sing through the winter song below: (Sung  to the tune of “Brother Jacob”)

It is snowing, it is snowing,

On my (head/neck/hands), on my (head/neck/hands)

I need (a beanie/a scarf/some gloves), I need (a beanie/a scarf/some gloves),

On my (head/neck/hands), on my (head/neck/hands).

  1. Gross Motor Activity: Use your Imagination!
    • Tell the story of Frosty The Snowman and show a picture of a snowmanfrosty
    • Then, using the song, act out how the children built Frosty and when he comes to life.
    • You may even want to do “Let it Go”, and do the whole Queen Elsa act!
  2. Classical Spot Activity
    • Vivaldi’s Winter classical piece. Show a picture (if you like) of Antonio Vivaldi the composer. You could share a little about when he was born and what he did.
    • Let the children listen to a little bit of the beginning of the piece. Let them close their eyes and listen to the mood and different instruments and let them imagine a wintry day as they listen.
  3. Instrument Activity
    • Play along with the percussion instruments to Vivaldi’s Winter piece. Help the children to play along to the beat of the song; to play softly or loudly during the soft and loud parts; and to mimic the ways and directions you move your percussion instrument. You could move around like a snow blizzard or gently as a snowflake.
  4. Conclusion:
    • Encourage the children to dress warmly during the winter season! Also help them to appreciate the beauty of nature during winter.
  5. Goodbye/Winding-Down Song:
    • In your circle, sing your Goodbye/Winding-Down song.