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The Wee Little Scare | Music Lesson Plan
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Grade 2-3

Students learn to keep a steady beat in a fun-filled jumprope activity/contest. This lesson is designed to fulfill Standard #2 of the National Standards for Music: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

The Wee Little Scare | Counting/Sing-Along Book
The Wee Little Scare | Orff Arrangement
Long Jumprope
Orff Xylophones
Temple Blocks

Step 1
Tell students, "I have a story to share with you today. It's called The Wee Little Scare". Read story.

Step 2
Tell students, "We're going to have a jumprope contest in music class today, and the winner will recieve a prize. Before we get to that we have a few things to learn."

Step 3
Tell students, "The story I just read is also a song. I'll teach it to you phrase by phrase, and then we'll sing it together." Teach song phrase by phrase until students have mastery.

Step 4
Tell students, "Let's put an instrumental part with our song. I'll pass out the xylophones, metallophones and temple blocks and we'll get started". Teach Orff arrangement, providing every student with a hands-on music making opportunity.

Step 5
Tell students, "Let's put it all together." Sing song with Orff arrangement.

Step 6
Tell students, "The most important thing that I want you to gain from this lesson is being better at keeping a steady beat. Our jumprope contest will give you an opportunity to practice this skill. Let's get started." Practice spinning the rope and jumping while singing the song and playing the Orff arrangement. The part of the song that counts to 10 may be extended to the numbder of jumps that each student completes.

Step 7
Tell students, "Let's start the contest. Each student will have one chance to jump. The student with the most jumps wins the prize."

Have fun!

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