Down by the Bay

A call and response song I like to use to differentiate between the childrens’ voices and my own. They respond back to me up an octave.
Key of G, normally on guitar.

Lyrics:
Down by the Bay (Down by the Bay)
Where the watermelons grow (where the watermelons grow)
Back to my home (Back to my home)
I dare not go (I dare not go)
For if I do (For if I do)
My Mother will say (My Mother will say)
Did you ever see: *Insert rhyme*
Down by the Bay!

Rhymes:
-a fly wearing a tie
-a goose kissing a moose
-a llama wearing their pajamas
-a dog sitting on a log
-a cat wearing a hat
-a bear combing his hair
etc. I like to have the kids come up with their own rhymes or I will use their names to rhyme one.

Week 1: Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade

Mr. Panfil, Vocal and General Music Grade: Kindergarten-2 Week: 1

NYS Standards: 1,3National Anchor Standards: 1
Topic: Singing Voices
Objective(s): Students will sing an octave above me
Assessment: 

Materials:

Instruments: Guitar, Hotel Bell
Books: None
Music: Baby Beluga, Down by the Bay (Raffi), and Two Monkeys (Panfil Brothers)
Misc: Monkey puppets and beluga puppets
Tech: Smart Board, (CD optional)
Files: SMART Board Files: Welcome Back

Procedures:

Opening: Welcome and Rules
Down By the Bay (Key of G), Call and Response
-Describe differences in my voice and theirs.
-Sing with them in their voice (octave up).
-Have them repeat lines in their voice
-Switch back to my voice and see if they can continue in their voice

Two Monkeys
-Sing song and perform movements
-When comfortable, have children sing along using their voice.
-Add monkey puppets if time allows.

Baby Beluga, Spider fingers
-Describe Spider fingers (Hands cupped with fingers limp to look like a spider).
-Listen and keep the beat on laps, using spider fingers (lightly and without making a sound. If they are hurting their leg, they are doing it too hard.)
-Sing along with the first verse when comfortable while keeping spider fingers beat.
-Pass around Bailey Beluga on the beat (Pass, hug, pass, hug)
-Use hotel bell under foot to help with beat if needed.
Closure: Review and line up

Monday, April 6th

Good afternoon!
I’m sorry I haven’t been doing daily updates, but I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone.

Here’s what I’m going to do:
Daily updates here on my website. You do NOT need to do everything. All I want you to do for now is to visit the site when you want to sing something.
Don’t worry about missing something. There are no assignments at the moment, just opportunities to sing some songs we normally do together in class!

Let’s start with a song I had my daughter Emma help with. I needed a child’s voice to do the repeats so you could sing along.

Next, I sang a German song I love doing in class. Try to follow along with Mein Hut:

Lastly, here is one of my favorite Just Dance videos:

Valentine Sing Along

Lyrics! Please sing along!

V for Valentine
A for awesome
L for lucky, lucky me
E for exceptional
N for nice, as nice as anyone can be
T for together
I for insep’rable
N for now I can see that
E you’re an excellent Valentine for me!

Valentine’s Day comes once a year,
I’ll make you a card so it’s perfectly clear.
It’s me for you and you for me
V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E!

V for Valentine
A for awesome
L for lucky, lucky me
E for exceptional
N for nice, as nice as anyone can be
T for together
I for insep’rable
N for now I can see that
E you’re an excellent Valentine for me!

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