1) Moving and Grooving – A fun action/movement song with echo singing parts.
2) Crazy Freeze - A Freeze Dance song that has kids do all kinds of fun actions.
3) Go Crazy – A action/movement song that when you hear the words “Go Crazy” kids can dance Crazy!!!
4) Boogiety Bop – A fun song to sing and dance to that is a repeat after me song. The following actions go to the words in the song:
Boogiety – Boogie Dance, Bop- Hop, Shhhh – Freeze and say Shhhh.
Sound Story Songs – You can use the sound story rubrics I have developed on this page to assess students.
5) What Would I Do? - If you are using this song in the classroom have the students use rhythm instruments of their choice to represent the action of jumping in a puddle, walking in the mud, hopping in the grass, skipping in the driveway and running in the backyard. Other students in the class can sing and act out the actions of the song.
6) Going Fishing - A fun song about going fishing. Kids can do the actions of casting the line, tapping their foot, swatting flies, turning the reel and finally making the big catch!! Try adding rhythm instruments to the song. Use a guiro for casting out the fishing line, a cowbell for tapping your foot to the beat, a tambourine for swatting flies away, a woodblock for the tug of the line and a ratchet for reeling in your big catch!!!
7) Five Little Puppies – A story about five puppies looking for their bone. Kids can make sounds with rhythm instruments for the actions while other students do the actions of looking for the bone. 1st puppy looks for bone in the closet, 2nd puppy in the kitchen, 3rd puppy in the trash, 4th little puppy in the tools, 5th little puppy in the bathtub. Kids can play with the rhythm of the “Dig Dig Dig” that is 2 8th notes and a Quarter note. During the instrumental part encourage the kids to do improvisation.
8) Squishy Squishy Flip Flops – A story about having flip flops that get wet and make squishing sounds. Students can pick out instruments to imitate the different action in the song while others do the movements of the story.
9) Drummer Pete Plays a Steady Beat – Teaching suggestions:
1. Pick ten students from class and number them 1 -10
2. Explain that student one will be Drummer Pete and starts the song off by keeping a steady beat with the rhythm instrument.
3. Drummer 2 - 10 will add each time the song says Drummer Pete adds another person. As each student comes up to join the rest of the group you can easily determine how well a student can keep a steady beat. I have my egg shakers in an egg carton and they come up and take an egg and they join the line. Any rhythm instrument will work.
4. Drummer Pete gets tired and puts the egg back into the carton and sits back down. Each participant will do the same thing when it is their turn to leave.
5. While these 10 students are doing this the others can count the numbers 1-8 with the beat.
Assessment Ideas: 4-Plays a steady beat consistently 3-Plays a steady beat 75% of the time 2-Plays a steady beat 50% of the time 1-Does not play a steady beat
10) Drummer Pete Plays Rhythm - Learn how to play quarter note, quarter rest, eighth note and eighth rest patterns with Drummer Pete. Rhythm song available on this page for download.
11) Drummer Pete Plays Dynamics – Learn how to play loud and soft, crescendos and decrescendos with Drummer Pete.
12) Drummer Pete Had a Band - Drummer Pete adds instruments to his band. Tambourine, Cowbell, Guitar, Singers and of course a drum!!
13) Rhythm Stick Rock – A fun song kids will love using rhythm sticks.
14) Soda Pop Bop – A fun song about soda pop. Have the students use shaker instruments with this song and sing-a-long. Shake it to the left, Shake it to the right, Shake it all around and let it fizz up to the top!!
15) Boom Boom Boom Boom – A fun boomwhacker song kids will love. Follow the directions in the song!
16) Whacky Jam - Divide into three groups. (Group 1 - Red and Yellow boomwhackers) (Group 2 - Light Green and Purple boomwhackers) (Group 3 - Dark Green and Pink Boomwhackers) Follow the rhythm Quarter Rest, Quarter Rest, Eight Eighth, Quarter Note. The middle section gives the kids a chance to improvise their own rhythms with the music! At the end everyone plays the rhythm together!! Have fun!