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Lessons for 1st and 2nd grade

Hi 1st and 2nd grade!!

I hope all of you are doing well.  We miss you all!!!  I will be posting lessons and activities on this web page that you can do at home.  If you have any questions please let me know through email.  My address is

Lesson 1:

We have been discussing Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" in class.  The students have listened to and discussed "The Royal March of the Lion", "Hens and Roosters","Tortoises", "Fossils", and "The Swan".

This is a link to the whole work with pictures from a story.

This is a link of an orchestra playing all the parts. 

Chicago Symphony Lesson Plan for "Carnival of the Animals": /userfiles/1805/my files/carnival-of-the-animals-lesson-plan.pdf?id=589786


Lesson 2:

If you completed the previous lesson you know that we have been talking about animals.  In "The Carnival of the Animals" you met animals like the lion, chickens, turtles, swans, and many others.  In this lesson we are going to use animal names to make rhythms.  You can play the rhythms with anything you have at home.  For example, you could hit a plastic cup with a pencil, you could play pots and pans (ask permission please), you could clap and hit your knees, be creative.

We all have learned that words have sounds and syllables. Lets think about the word apple; ap-ple. It has two sounds. Now lets think about about an animal word, let's do elephant.  How many sounds does that have? It has 3 sounds.  

In music we can assign rhythms to syllables in words. 

For the activity that you are getting ready to do, you will be using quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.

quarter notes get one beat so they could go with one syllable words.

eighth notes get two quick beats, this could go with two syllable words

quarter rests get one beat of quiet. This is when there is no sound.

Here is a video to help you understand:

After you watch the video you can complete any part of this activity: /userfiles/1805/my files/gointothezoolmcphersonorff.pptx?id=590187 

Extension: If you would like to listen to the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?" you can write rhythms for the animals in the book. Just click here:

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