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

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!

Happy Birthday Ukulele Tutorial in C or G

Follow along to play Happy Birthday on the Ukulele in both the keys of C and G. The chords are as follows:

 

I                            V7
Happy Birthday to you

V7              I
Happy Birthday to you

I                        IV
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

I            (V7) I
Happy Birthday to you

C                          G
Happy Birthday to you

G             C
Happy Birthday to you

C                        F
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

C            (G) C
Happy Birthday to you

G                           D7
Happy Birthday to you

D7              G
Happy Birthday to you

G                        C
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

G           (D7) G
Happy Birthday to you

Chords in C

Chords in G

The Turkey Game

The Turkey Game

The Turkey Game

Played using The Turkey Game (Pavo, Pavo) Song from Grade 1 Discs. Found in iTunes playlists or search.

  1. Learn Song using the Song Learning Procedure
  2. Begin by walking around as a turkey and listening for students using Good Singing Habits
  3. On the last word of the chorus “…snatch a feather out!”, choose a student to be a turkey also.
  4. Each time through the song, the students who are turkeys choose new people to join them as turkeys on the last word of the chorus
  5. Eventually all students are turkeys, walking on the beat and flapping wings.
  6. Reverse procedure until all are sitting.

Turkey, Turkey, you will see
You can’t catch me, you can’t catch me.
Gobble, gobble, gobble go,
I’ll catch you quick before you know.

Turkey, turkey, try it, do
We dare you to, we dare you to
Turkey, turkey turn about
or we might snatch a feather out!