20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1

20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1
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20 Action Rhymes and Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 1

Each rhyme and song comes with an analysis.

These resources and more are also available on MySongFile.com

Action games are organised into the following categories:

Beat
Singing games and rhymes are wonderful for preparing and practising the beat!

COBBLER COBBLER (2/4 time)
• A great song for teaching the rhythmic elements ‘ta’ and ‘ti-ti’.
• This song can be a great way for students to practise telling the time!

ONE POTATO TWO POTATO (6/8 time)
A great song for:
• Preparing 6/8 time!
• Practising beat.
• Working with gross motor movements.

If you are wanting to use some new movements, you can have students lie on their backs and use their feet instead of their fists for building up the potatoes!

Another option is to have students work in pairs and alternate putting their hands in. (I.e. first student puts a fist down, then the second student and so on.)


Compound Time
Children will be having so much fun moving and playing games that they won’t even realise they are internalising the feel of compound time!

HEIGH DI HO
• Keep a nice, strong, slow beat like an elephant with this song!

HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
• Improvise new words ‘This is the way we: wash our hands/ clean our teeth/ brush our hair’ etc. and do the appropriate actions.


Finger Play
Great for working with fine motor skills!

FIVE FAT TURKEYS
This simple, funny song is great for:
• Singing for Thanksgiving.
• Preparing and practising the melodic element 'fa'.
• Practising counting down from 5 (with one less Turkey each time!)
• Finger play.

ALICE THE CAMEL
• Children love this humourous song.
• Great for counting backwards from 5, or 'Alice the Camel' can start with 10 or more humps if desired!
• Suggested actions are included.

TEN LITTLE FINGERS
This simple song is great for:
• Finger play
• Counting
• Practising ta and ti-ti
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'too-oo-oo' (dotted minim / dotted half note)
• Teaching the melodic element 'fa' with the last line of the song.

This song is very similar to 'Ten Little 'Indians'.


Getting Active!
Nothing like a bit of exercise in the classroom!

PICK A BALE OF COTTON
• This song can be used to prepare and practise the melodic element 'fa'.
• This song is also useful for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'too' (minim/half note).
• Students can make up actions to suit the song.

HEY BETTY MARTIN (2/4)
This action song is fantastic for:
• Getting active!
• Improvising new words and actions (in the middle section)!
• Practising soft singing! (Sing the tip-toe first section quietly!!)
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'tum ti'.
• Teaching the melodic element 'low ti' using the end of the first section of the song.
• Preparing and practising ternary form.
• Learning names (substitute students’ names for 'Betty Martin').

HEY BETTY MARTIN (Mixed Metre) [Bonus version!]
This action song is fantastic for:
• Getting active!
• Improvising new words and actions (in the middle section)!
• Practising soft singing! (Sing the tip-toe first section quietly!!)
• Teaching mixed metre
• Teaching the melodic element 'low ti' using the end of the first section of the song.
• Preparing and practising ternary form.
• Learning names (substitute students’ names for 'Betty Martin').
N.B. The traditional version has been adapted to reflect the natural rhythms of 'skipping' which occur in compound metre.


Greeting
An engaging first song can encourage participation from the moment the lesson begins.

RUN ON THE SPOT
Children love the active first verse of this greeting song and teachers love the focus and settling role the second verse plays at the beginning of a lesson!
The tune is based on 'Chicken in the Fencepost'.
This song can also be used to:
• Alternate between singing and speaking voices.
• The second verse can be used to work with the rhythmic element 'tika-ti'.
• Work with the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
• Substitute the word 'goodbye' for 'hello' and the first verse of this song can also be used as a farewell song.


Improvising Actions
Great preparation for rhythmic and melodic improvisation as students gain confidence.

EVERYBODY DO THIS
A great song for young children to:
• practise beat
• improvise new words and actions
• get some exercise to music!

YOU CAN STAMP YOUR FEET
• An energetic song - perfect for lively young children!
• Great for encouraging 'stillness' and silence!
• Sing as written, or improvise new words and actions!


Nursery Rhyme
Develop an ear for language, rhyme and rhythm.

GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK
This English Nursery Rhyme is great for:
• Using as an action song when you want your students to stay in one spot!
• Preparing 6/8 metre.
• Preparing and practising beat in compound metre.

THE NOBLE DUKE OF YORK (2/4) [Bonus version!]
This English nursery rhyme is great for getting active without having to move around the classroom!

THE NOBLE DUKE OF YORK (Mixed) [Bonus version!]
This English Nursery Rhyme is great for:
• Using as an action song when you want your students to stay in one spot!
• Preparing 6/8 metre.
• Preparing and practising beat in compound metre.
• Feeling the difference between 6/8 and 2/4 metres – in the one song!


Rhymes
Great for all students, particularly useful for engaging students who are self-conscious about singing!

A WISE OLD OWL (2/4 metre)
• This rhyme is great for practising beat.
• To reinforce the feel of two beats per bar, do an action on the first beat of each bar. Suggested actions are included in the download.
• Anacrusis can be prepared with this rhyme.

PUSSY CAT PUSSY CAT (Compound Time)
• ‘Pussy Cat’ is a great rhyme for students to experience beat in a 6/8 time signature.
• Can use deep ‘scarey’ voices for the questions and high ‘scared’ voices for the answers. This will reinforce the question and answer form of the song as well as practising high and low speaking voices.
• Practise for Question and Answer Form


Upper Primary
Songs to engage our pre-teens!

CHESTER
• Kids have a lot of fun trying to remember to replace a new word with an action each time they sing this song!
• I use this song as a warm-up and focus activity at the beginning of lessons with 10-14 year old children.
• A great song for teaching 'too' (minim) to older beginners.

MICHAEL FINNIGIN
• Children love the humour in this song!
• The song can be used to prepare and practise the rhythmic element 'tika-ti'.
• The melodic element 'ti' can be prepared and practised with this song.
…and more!

A SAILOR WENT TO SEA
This action game is great for when you want to do something active without having to move into a circle or line!
• Great preparation for beat as children do actions on the words.
• Start slow and build up the speed:
* to prepare the concepts 'fast' and 'slow'.
* for extra fun: the fourth verse can be a sung much faster – this can be quite challenging.
• Have students improvise new actions and words!

EASTER BUNNY
• ‘Easter Bunny’ can be sung while children hand out Easter eggs to each child in the class.
• This is a fun song that can be used to prepare or practise the melodic element ‘fa’.
• Simple actions suggestions are included.

SEE A PIN AND PICK IT UP
• ‘See A Pin And Pick It Up’ is a catchy rhyme.
• Students love this hiding/finding game.


More action singing games are available in my ‘20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collections 2 and 3’.

These resources and more are also available on MySongFile.com

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