I love the facebook AOSA page! I also belong to the Kodaly Teachers, and Elementary Music Teachers and several other music teacher groups. Such a wealth of information and people sharing lessons and ideas! Just this month I found a wonderful idea using the book,"Giraffes Can't Dance" by Melissa Burroughs and she so very kindly gave me permission to share it with you.
Hope you enjoy it as much as my students did!
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae available here from Amazon.
Explore movements on index cards (whole class first), divide into 5 groups for our "Jungle Party"--each group has 4 cards to create a unique jungle dance for their animals.
Melissa purchased these cards at Dollar Tree recently.
All groups practices together, then time for the party!
Each group performs by themselves (consider using "Bossa Nova" from 'Rhythmically Moving 7).
With 5 groups and 8 beats between each group (play on drum or tambourine as signal to change groups), this works perfectly.
Students share what they liked about each groups special dances.
Explore animal names with one and two sounds (first grade) and animal names that fit into rhythmic building blocks (second).
Compose 4 beat patterns (first) and 8 beat phrases (second).
Teach song add bordun.
Perform in rondo form.
Create story where they tell about one of their animal's adventure; where did it go? What did it do when it got there?
Consider use of arioso - sing the story.