Itsy Bitsy Spider

Author: Sarah Fawcett
Year: 2021
Artform: Music
Subjects: Science
Grade: 2nd Grade
Duration: 30 minutes
Overview:

Second grade students learn to identify animals that adapt to cold weather with music and boomwhackers.

SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES

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Standards & Objectives

Fine Art Standards
Integrated Standards
Objectives

NATIONAL CORE ARTS ANCHOR STANDARD 4:

Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.

NATIONAL CORE ARTS ANCHOR STANDARD 5:

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

NATIONAL CORE ARTS ANCHOR STANDARD 6:

Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

NATIONAL CORE ARTS ANCHOR STANDARD 7:

Perceive and analyze artistic work.

NATIONAL CORE ARTS ANCHOR STANDARD 8:

Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

NATIONAL CORE ARTS ANCHOR STANDARD 10:

Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

MUSIC: 2.M.P.8

Respond with body percussion, voice, or simple instruments to visual representation of short rhythm patterns.

MUSIC: 2.M.P.4

Sing folk, traditional, call-and-response songs, and simple rounds in tune, using a natural, unstrained voice.

MUSIC: 2.M.P.10

Demonstrate cooperation and persistence in music making.

SCIENCE STRAND 2.2

Living things (plants and animals, including humans) need water, air, and resources from the land to survive and live in habitats that provide these necessities. The physical characteristics of plants and animals reflect the habitat in which they live. Animals also have modified behaviors that help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Humans sometimes mimic plant and animal adaptations to survive in their environment.

  1. Review Q, E and QR using takadimi.
  2. Introduce the musical alphabet.
  3. Identify animals that adapt to cold weather.
  4. Play on the beat with a conductor

Teaching and Timeline

Introduction

Welcome

“Hello amazing 2nd Graders!” …_____________________

Hello song

Remind students of boomwhackers rules

  • If I play before you say I put my instrument away.
  • Absolutely no boomwhackers touch our faces.
  • Play on your hand, not the table or floor.

Teacher: Hand out boomwhackers’s after hand sanitizer.

Note: Playing on the floor causes students to look down instead of at the teacher or music. Playing on the table is loud & cracks boomwhackers.

 

Our Musical Alphabet

Using page 7 of “Teaching Reading Music with Boomwhackers” explain that music can be read just like we read a book by using a special musical alphabet.

“We read the notes by using their letter names.

  1. Look for the letter name on your boomwhackers.
  2. Ask your neighbor what note they are holding.”

Follow Mr. Rob in playing the CM scale

Note: Play video from :48 – 2:38. Notice the name of the note on top of each bell.

Demonstration

Boomwacker Rhythm Game

In order to read music we must also be able to read rhythms. We have practiced this in class. Let’s review with a Boomwhacker rhythm game…

  1. Ask a student to read/speak the 1st rhythm from p.6 of the pdf for the class using takadimi
  2. Class repeats the rhythm in unison
  3. Pick a color and students with that color play the rhythm
  4. Repeat with each rhythm

Teacher: Practice “Booms Up!” (boomwhackers held straight up when said)

Work Period

Itsy Bitsy Spider

“Let’s read a simple song you all know! Pay close attention to our conductor, the spider.”

Itsy Bitsy Spider EASY Boomwhackers’s PLAYALONG”(boomy tunes)

Note: There is no “B” in this video so make sure students have an alternate note.

 

Animals in Cold Weather

Use the Itsy Bitsy Spider Slideshow

Allow student answers to the super power question

Teacher: “Meanwhile” “Back at the ranch”

 

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Let’s play our song again. This time, sing along.

Play the song one last time using our very best mf singing voices and nice singer’s posture!

Note: We can sing mf with nice singing voices and without yelling.

Closure/Summary

Have students put boomwhackers away by color.

Sing our goodbye song.

ASSESSMENT

Students accurately read Q, E, QR in solo or small group

Students show that they recognize letter names of notes by playing on their turn.

OTHER INFORMATION

EU: I can read music just like I can read a book.

Extend this lesson in following weeks with a composition activity on Chrome Music Lab.

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