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If you're looking for a way to incorporate science into your music class, this Orff-inspired resource will be perfect! I have written original lyrics to a traditional folk song melody (Great Big House in New Orleans), and now the song tells the story of the water cycle!
This PowerPoint presentation contains over 25 slides, and has all you need to learn The Water Cycle Song and the instrumental accompaniment (BX bordun and unpitched percussion). The presentation is set up sequentially (Song - Body percussion - Orff Arrangement - Extension slides), so it will be convenient to use in class. There are even directions for adding a "B" section!
If your students breeze through the original lesson, or if you want to extend it, I have included 4 extra slides that will allow students to work in small groups. Those slides can be used for body percussion/unpitched/percussion/rhythm review, or they can be used for group drumming!
The rhythms in the song itself are simple; however, the unpitched percussion part and the other rhythmic activities included contain sixteenth notes (tika-tika) and one eighth, two sixteenth combinations (ti-tika, tika-ti).
I wrote this lesson with 4th grade in mind, since the water cycle is one of the 4th grade science standards in Tennessee, but it could easily be used with an advanced 3rd grade class or even a 5th grade class.
PDFs of the song and Orff arrangement sheet music are included, so you can easily print them without all of the PowerPoint graphics.