Skittle, Skittle, Skittle, Ski is a fun lesson that gets students engaged and working together to learn about and perform a simple canon.
Skittle, Skittle, Skittle, Ski,
Do what I do after me.
Tell students, "We will be performing Skittle, Skittle, Skittle, Ski as a canon. A simple canon is known as a round. Rounds that you have heard before include Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Frere Jacques. When you perform these melodies the first singer (leader) begins singing and then another singer (follower) begins singing with the same melody a measure or two later.
A more complex canon begins in the same way with the leader singing the melody, but the follower sings the melody in a different way. Changes might include a variation in the rhythm or a transposition (make higher of lower) of the melody.
Teacher chants the rhyme. As the class echoes the rhyme, the teacher pats a four beat rhythm.
Example: Pat - Pat - Clap - Clap
The class repeats those four beats as the teacher moves on to another four beat pattern. The teacher follows with another four beat rhythm which is echoed by the students. A simple canon is created between the teacher and the students as the teacher's theme is repeated one measure later by the students.
When the students become skilled at performing this two-part canon, a third part may be introduced.