Grade 4 and 5, Week of May 18th


Let’s start this week with some rhythms!

Feel free to try the K-1 or 2-3 rhythms as well. Just click on the other lessons under “Home Lessons”

Here is a video made by a friend to practice clapping as well! Some of the rhythms are meant for Middle-schoolers, but even if you aren’t successful on the first try, he leads you through it.

Try this Lego activity I recorded for the 2nd and 3rd graders

Last week, we were also talking about dances driving pop music forward. Here is a version of a dance that was super popular when I was younger:

Think about how TikTok has made songs popular because of the dance challenges! (That’s not an assignment, just think about it)

Miss you all!

Baby Beluga Sing Along

Baby Beluga is a song by Raffi about an imaginary beluga whale. We pass my belgua puppet around the room on the beat while we sing.

I keep the beat using a hotel bell and we pass, hug, pass, hug, pass, hug, pass, hug…

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea
Swim so wild and you swim so free
Heaven above and the sea below
And a little white whale on the goBaby beluga, baby beluga
Is the water warm
Is your mama home with you, so happyWay down yonder where the dolphins play
Where you dive and splash all day
Waves roll in and the waves roll out
See the water squirtin’ out of your spoutBaby beluga, oh, baby beluga
Sing your little song
Sing for all your friends, we like to hear youWhen it’s dark, you’re home and fed
Curl up, snug in your water bed
Moon is shining and the stars are out
Good night, little whale, good nightBaby beluga, oh, baby beluga
With tomorrow’s sun, another day’s begun
You’ll soon be wakin’Baby beluga in the deep blue sea
Swim so wild and you swim so free
Heaven above and the sea below
And a little white whale on the go
You’re just a little white whale on the go

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.

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!

-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.