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Little Flea

Concept(s): Ascending/Descending


   d     d      d     d    r    r    r

Creeping, creeping little flea


m    m   m   m     f    f      f

Up my leg and past my knee


s     s     s    s    l    l     l

To my tummy up he goes


   t     t      t      t    d’  d’   d’

Past my chin and to my nose



   d’    d’     d’   d’      t       t      t

Now he’s creeping down my chin


 l     l    l     l       s      s   s

To my tummy once again


    f       f     f     f     m    m   m

Down my leg and past my knee


 r     r    r      r     d d    d

To my toe that little flea.


**Make sure to creep your fingers up your body as if it is the flea!!!!


Mr. Potato Head (s-m-l)

- children close eyes

- give out Mr. Potato Head parts to some children

- open eyes

- sing "Who has the eyes? (s-m-m-s-m or s-m-l-s-m)

- child who has the eyes sings "I have the eyes" (s-m-m-s-m or s-m-l-s-m)

- continue with other parts

Apple Tree Game for Vocal Exploration - Keira Brown
High/Low, Ascending/Descending/Beat

  Here's a game that I developed in my kindergarten classes for vocal exploration, steady beat, and high and low:

  We play the game "Apple Tree." The kids stand in a circle and sing the song:
Apple tree, apple tree, will your apple fall on me?
I won't cry, I won't shout, if your apple knocks me out!
s-s m s-s m s-s l-l s-s m
s-s m s-s m s-s l-l s-s d

  While they are singing, I walk around outside of the circle and tap two beats on each child's head with a laminated paper apple. (Later, the kids will do that part.)
  Whoever is last to get tapped on the head (as we end singing, "...knock me out!") gets the apple and sits down. Getting the apple softens the blow of being out.
  Once five or so kids are out, I pass out more apples to the rest of the students. We all sit down and sing the song while tapping the steady beat on our knees, heads, shoulders, etc. I realized that having something to hold, like the apple, gently forces kids to stay with me who might otherwise zone out! It's also easier to see who's doing the beat correctly since there are red/yellow apples moving rather than just hands.
  Next, I tell a story about a silly apple orchard:
"Once upon a time, there was a magical apple orchard where all the trees grew in a circle." (We all hold our apples up high since we are the trees. We sit on our knees to facilitate high and low, yet we stay planted in one spot.)
  "One day, ONE of the magical apples thought it might be time to fall to the ground. It went..." (I do a downward siren while bringing my apple to the ground.)
  "All the other apples followed." (The kids echo my siren and motion.)
  "But it wasn't time to fall yet! So that silly apple WENT BACK UP!" (Upward siren and motion, and all of the other apples follow, etc.)
  We have the apples fall different ways (i.e., like a leaf, spiraling, jumping from branch to branch, jumping to the very highest branch, etc.), always my apple first and with the class following. We always accompany the movement with some vocalizing.
  "Then the one apple felt tired. The branch it was on grew long, long, into the middle of the orchard and gently dropped the apple to the ground, and all the other apples followed." (I lean into the center of the circle and place the apple on the ground, then the kids do the same, making a neat little pile for me to pick up later.)

  My kiddos love this! Soon, I'll tell the story but let kids be the lead apple. Later, I'll have a child be the storyteller. Then, we'll probably move from apples to snowflakes.


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