Coat of Many Colors: Teacher Notes
Dolly Parton is a sensational musician, performer, songwriter, and busineswoman. I live in Atlanta, GA and we live withing driving distance of Dolly Parton's home and her successful theme park called Dollywood. If we were in my classroom I would be sharing this song through one of my favorite illustrated books. Since we are sharing through digital learining I found an alternate way to share the song with kids through an illustrated video from Dolly Parton's YouTube channel and a video of Dolly herself! At the end of this post I have a couple options where you can ask kids a follow-up question about the song/storytelling intent or share biographical information about Dolly.
What I share with kids:
Dolly Parton is a well-known recording artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Dolly plays a variety of instruments like guitar, mandolin, banjo, and flute. People can easily recognize her voice whether she's speaking or singing. Dolly is not just a performer but also a well-known songwriter. She has written over 3,000 songs so far!
The video below shows one of Dolly's most famous songs called "Coat of Many Colors." This song has been performed by many recording artists over the years and Dolly recently made a book about the story (which you can see in animated format below).
She sang her famous song "Coat of Many Colors" on The Voice a few years ago and I happened to find a recording! Watch below and Dolly sings the song and tells her story on live TV.
Why do you think Dolly wrote a song about this story? People were making fun of her because of how she looked and dressed. Is she writing the story to tell about how she had her feelings hurt? Is the story about the mean kids who made fun of her? Is the story about her relationship with her mother? What do you think "Coat of Many Colors" is really about?
You could also include biographical information
Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, and actress. She has become one of the most successful female country artists in history, with 25 number-one singles (a record for a female country artist) and 41 top-10 country albums (a record for any country artist).
Her 1967 song "Dumb Blonde" was heard by country singer Porter Wagoner, and he asked Parton to be a part of his television show. Her single "Jolene" reached number one in 1974, becoming a solo artist, though still performed and recorded with Wagoner.
In the fifty-four years since her debut, Parton has become one of the most famous country artists in the world.
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Play the Drums: Teacher Notes
In my classroom we're constantly working on body percussion when we clap, pat, snap, and stomp. This video gives kids a chance to pat rhythms on different parts of their body. This is good because it gets kids moving but also allows them to explore how things sound different when they play on different parts of their body.
What I share with kids:
Get ready to get up and play the drums. Wait, you don't have any drums with you at home? Not even one? Oh no!
Good news! You can use your body to play the drums! Sometimes at school we say that we're going to play "body percussion," when we snap our fingers, clap our hands, pat our knees, or stomp our feet. Get ready to pat along with the video and play the body percussion drums!
What did you hear when you patted on your head, or your feet, or your belly? Can you find any other places to play "the drums" with body percussion? What would it sound like if you played on your chin? How about yoru shoulders? Can you plan on your back? Use the space below to tell me another place where you played the drums.
Koo Koo Kangaroo Movement: Teacher Notes
These videos might be nothing new to your students since classroom and specials teachers all over use them as little "brain breaks." I love using videos like this to get kids up and moving and there are some other curricular reasons for using them. The "Wiggle It" video pairs really well with lessons about opposites and the "Shake" video is great for reinforcing body parts (especially with English Language Learners) and getting kids to think about new ways to move their body.
What I share with students:
Do you need a minute to get up and move? Wiggle out some extra energy and get your body into action? Get up and out of your seat, click on the video below, and get moving!
Did you notice any opposites in that video? In music class we're always talking about opposites like fast/slow, loud/quiet, and up/down. Use the space below to tell me one of the opposites that you noticed in the video!
Wow! That video had so many ideas on what you could shake, shake, shake! Can you think of another part of your body that could shake to the music? What would it look like if they said "put your head in the middle" or "put your tummy in the middle." Try out a few more ideas and use the space below to tell me your favorite body part to shake to the song!
Baa Baa and Twinkle Twinkle: Teacher Notes
My youngest kiddos learn nursery rhymes and popular children's songs and then we take them and adapt them and make different versions of the songs. One song my Kindergarten kiddos learned this year was Baa Baa Black Sheep. If you want to learn about my original IN-PERSON lesson I share with kids you can see the process I use here.
So, my students already know this poem/song but if they didn't you could easily do an intro video for them to teach the song or you could find a video online which teaches the poem. Here's the follow up, online content I'm going to share with kids.
What I share with students:
Remember the poem we learned in class called Baa Baa Black Sheep? Here are the words:
Baa Baa Black Sheep have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
One for the master, one for the dame
one for the little boy who lives down the lane
Then when we had learned the poem/song we read the book about Baa Baa Black Sheep. I found a fun recording online of another music teacher reading this book. Check it out below:
Baa Baa Black Sheep is such a fun song. We learned the poem and spoke the words in class and then a few weeks later we learned that we could sing it to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It's so fun to take something you know and make little changes to make the song even more new and exciting. Watch the video below to see how one musician took the Twinkle Twinkle song and played it in 12 different ways on the piano!
Barnyard Sing Along: Teacher Notes
It's our first real week of digital learning assignments for students and we have pretty low expectations for Kindergarten. It's not that our KDG kiddos can't do a lot, it's that they're still working out how to get online, how to find our assignments, how to submit assignments, and lots of other logistical things. So, instead of ask them to watch and submit, or watch and respond, or do an online quiz... I'm asking them just to watch and sing along. I've already had a couple parents send me emails of thanks that their kid can watch and sing and be engaged.
In this set, I'm including songs that we might already know (might have learned in class this year) and a few we probably don't already know. If you have any other favorite barnyard animal songs/videos leave a comment in the box at the end of the post and I'll include them in the post.
What I share with kids:
Let's head down to the barnyard and sing some of our favorite songs! If you know the song, sing along as you watch!
Bingo the Dog
The Animals on the Farm
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day
Farmer Brown Had a Cow
Mary Mary Quite Contrary