Star Festival: Japanese song and Orff arrangement for low sol and quarter rest

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Songs from different cultures are a staple in my elementary music classroom. My fourth and fifth graders, especially, love to sing songs from all around the world. This song is from Japan, and was a huge hit with my fourth grade and fifth grade students.

This song is very simple, and very fun. I got it out of the Silver Burdett Ginn publication The Music Connection, Bridges to Asia (you can see it if you click on the link.) We used it to learn about Japanese culture and do an Orff arrangement with xylophones, woodblocks, and triangles.

This product includes many different files to help you teach this lesson well. There is a powerpoint to introduce the song, the culture of Japan, present low sol, and the ostinati for the students to play on the instruments. This powerpoint is available in both stick notation and regular notation (in separate files!). Also included is an activity for students to figure out the rhythm to the song and match the lyrics to the rhythm. There is a worksheet for students to notate the rhythm once they have figured out the rhythm.

Depnding on what you choose to focus on and your sequence (for you Kodaly people!), it is probably appropriate for second grade (review quarter rest), or third grade (low sol).

So whether you use this song to teach low sol, culture of Japan, playing an Orff arrangement, reviewing quarter rest, or just for fun, your students will love it!


  • Lesson plan
  • Powerpoint in regular notation to introduce the song, culture of Japan, low sol, and the Orff arrangement
  • Powerpoint in stick notation to introduce the song, culture of Japan, low sol, and the Orff arrangement
  • Printed ostinati for each of the instruments (in regular and stick notation)
  • Rhythm-lyric matching activity (in regular and stick notation)
  • Worksheet for students to write the rhythmic notation

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