BCP DRAFT MUSIC 33

Kindergarten - Music - Lesson 22 - Kookaburra

Objectives

Review the continent of Australia.

Review that a kookaburra is a bird from the Australian woods.

Learn the words and sing the song Kookaburra.

Participate in a dance.

Materials

Text to the song (printed below)

A picture of a kookaburra (see History/Geography Lesson 28 for suggested sources)

Teacher Note: This lesson should be taught following History/Geography Lesson 28.

Procedure

Review the continent of Australia. Children should be firm about its location and should have knowledge about some of the animals of Australia. Ask: Who remembers what a kookaburra is? (It is a bird.) Show a picture of a kookaburra. Ask: Where does the kookaburra live? (in the woods of Australia) Say: The kookaburra is a large bird. It makes a very loud laughing sound that tells other kookaburras to keep out of its area. Say: Today we are going to sing a song about the kookaburra. Listen carefully to the words so you will be able to sing it with me.

Teach children the words and melody to Kookaburra.

Kookaburra

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Merry, merry king of the bush is he,

Laugh kookaburra, Laugh kookaburra,

Gay your life must be.

Once the children are comfortable with the words, teach them the following dance.

Make a circle. On the first line of the song, take one jump to the circle center and assume a slight squatting position with hands on top of thighs. On line two, stand upright and flap arms like bird wings. On first "Laugh kookaburra," shake your shoulders in a pantomime of a laugh. On the second "Laugh kookaburra," hold your belly in continued pantomime of a laugh. On the last line, jump back to original circle area and nod heads at one another.

There is a second verse to the song that you may wish to teach the children. It is as follows:

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,

Eating all the gumdrops he can see,

Stop kookaburra, Stop kookaburra,

Leave some there for me.

 

Repeat the dance with verse two. On line one, take a jump to the circle and assume a slight squatting position with hands on top of thighs. On the second line, pantomime eating gumdrops. On first "Stop kookaburra," hold up one hand in the "stop" signal. On the second "Stop kookaburra," hold up the other hand in the "stop" signal. On the last line, jump back to original circle area and rub tummy in anticipation of a gumdrop.

BCP DRAFT MUSIC 34

Kindergarten - Music - Lesson 23 - Ring Around the Rosey

Objectives

Sing the song.

Move to the song.

Develop concentration skills and body awareness.

Procedure

Ring Around the Rosey

Ring around the rosey,

Pocket full of posey,

Ashes, ashes,

We all fall down.

Sing the song, "Ring Around the Rosey." Ask children if they have ever heard that song before. Sing it a few more times so they gain familiarity with the words.

Organize the children in a circle holding hands. Sing the song again and move in a slow skip around the circle. On the last line of the song "We all fall down," gently fall to the floor.

Repeat a few times.

Say: Now let's sing the song again. But this time watch me carefully and listen to the last line. I'm not going to say "We all fall down" this time.

Sing the song again and slowly skip around the circle. On the last line of the song, substitute "We all do this," for "We all fall down." The teacher should assume a "statue" pose for the children to imitate. Repeat a few more times with the teacher acting as the pose leader. You may wish to assign different children the responsibility of coming up with different poses for the last line.