Valentines Day with NGSSS

Here is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day lessons for elementary children. I posted this back in 2012 as a three-part series. I’ve put it all hear for you today so you can have it for next week.  Although there are many NGSSS met at the K-1 level for this lesson, I’m only including those at Grade 2.  You can find the coordinating standards by swapping the grade levels. Please note, you might only choose to focus on one or two, but these can work with this lesson.

The NGSSS touched upon are:

MU.2.C.1.4 Identify child, adult male, and adult female voices by timbre.

MU.2.S.2.1 Sing or play songs, which may include changes in dynamics, lyrics, and form, from memory.

MU.2.S.3.1 Sing songs in an appropriate range, using head voice and maintaining pitch.

MU.2.S.3.4 Compare aural melodic patterns with written patterns to determine whether they are the same or different.

MU.2.S.3.5 Show visual, gestural, and traditional representation of simple melodic patterns performed by someone else.

MU.2.H.1.1 Perform songs, musical games, dances, and simple instrumental accompaniments from a variety of cultures.

MU.2.H.2.1 Discuss how music is used for celebrations in American and other cultures.

MU.2.H.3.1 Perform and compare patterns, aurally and visually, found in songs, finger plays, or rhymes to gain a foundation for exploring patterns in other contexts.

I found an old song in a second grade Music and You textbook series.

The words are:

When you send a valentine, that’s the time for fun! Put it underneath the door, ring the bell and run run run run, ring the bell and run! 

I wasn’t too keen on the melody that was presented with the text, it didn’t suit my curriculum or my needs so I did what all music teachers do- changed it!

The new melody is:

Sol    mi       sol    mi  fa re re,  sol, fa, mi, re, do.         Sol, mi, sol, mi        fa, re, re,  sol, fa, mi, re, do, re

When you send a valentine, that’s the time for fun! Put it underneath the door, ring the bell and run run

Mi, Fa, sol, fa, mi, re, do.

run, ring the bell and run! 

To teach the song from yesterday’s post (See Valentine’s Day) I follow the following process:

  • Warm up singing voices with echo solfege patterns.  Start with Sol, mi, la, patterns.  Add mi, re, do patterns.
  • Sing the pattern, S,F,M,R,D- practice hand signs
  • Teacher sings the song while students listen for the pattern Sol, fa, mi, re, do.
  • Teacher sings again and students must listen to the new song and add the solfege hand signs as they step down the scale.
  • Find the pattern stepping up.
  • Students sing the end of the song, Teacher sings the beginning: repeat as necessary
  • All sing the song together.

After you’ve taught the song You can  play the game! This game is a la “duck duck goose.”

  • Students sit in a circle.
  • Teacher walks on the macro beat around the circle while holding a “Valentine.”  I use a cut out of a heart or sometimes I will use a children’s valentine that they have given to me. This is the mailman part.
  • Students put hands behind their backs as if it were a “mailbox.”
  •  When the song get’s to “door” as in “put it underneath the door” the teacher slips the valentine into a child’s hand and they play a la “duck duck goose.” No matter who “wins” the student who was the chaser gets to be the new mailman.
  • The teacher sits and joins the circle but pats their lap as the mailman starts the delivery. Other students keep hands behind their backs to get a turn.  When a student has already had a turn to be the mailman they pat their lap with the teacher to reinforce beat.

Have you played this game before? Do your students love it as much as mine?

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