Number 1 in my series "Songs for the Kodaly Classroom”, See Saw is an ideal song to bring young children into the musical journey. The movement of the game is easy for them to do and establishes a concrete beat on the body. The rhythm, a series of tas and ti-tis, and the s m interval of the melody are natural to them. Thus while playing they are integrating beat, rhythm, melody and words through movement.
The song is purposely printed with a large staff (p5), meant to be shown to them even at an early stage to accustom them to the visual aspect of music.
When they learn to write tas and ti-tis they can complete the rhythm sheet (p3) and play the rhythm portion of the puzzle (p16). Later when the s m interval is introduced they find the hand signs (TpT) can be represented by letters and can complete the rhythm/solfa sheet on (p7). Eventually adding notes on the 3 line staff (pp7, 8, 9, 10) and lastly on the full five line staff (pp11, 12, 13, 14).
p1 the song on the staff
p2 lesson guide p3 game instructions and "logo" (to be printed on card stock, cut out to make a card to use in song card games. p4 worksheet – fill in rhythm p5 worksheet – fill in rhythm & solfa p6 song puzzle demo p7 felt staff demo pp8 – 11 notes on 3 line staff pp12 – 15 song on full staff p16 Song Puzzle
p17 Quiz sheet