Clap, tap, tralala: Teacher Notes
This is another fun song that you can share with kids to get them up and moving. So often our kiddos might be sitting at home and watching a screen. This song will get them out of their seat and moving to the beat. Best of all, it's all in Spanish and exposes them to new sounds and experiences. They'll easily pick up the patterns in the song and won't have much problem joining in!
What I share with kids:
José-Luis Orozco has a fun and exciting song to share with us and YOU will have to jump in and help. Sometimes he'll want you to use your little hands to clap. Then he'll want you to use your little feet to tap. Finally he'll want you to use your little mouths to sing "tra la la!"
Little hands in Spanish is "manitos."
Little feet in Spanish is "piececitos."
Little mouth in Spanish is "boquita."
Get out of your seat, get ready, here we go!
Play the Drums - Body Percussion
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 - Move Your Body!
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!