Submitted by Gretchen Taylor, Illinois
Idea posted April 7, 2003
Here are my plans for my Carnival Of The Animals unit with my 2nds. The resources I use are:
- Carnival Of The Animals(book & CD) by Barrie Carson Turner, Ill. by Sue Williams (can get from Plank Road Publishing, and check your public libraries too).
- STM 2000
- Denise Gagne's Complete Listening Resource Kit - Level 1 (a must-have). For each SQUILT, I play the excerpt from the accompanying CD or the one from the book. I don't do the curriculum connections activities.
Intro song "Two By Two" and include the 1st animal (lion). This is a song I've adapted. Here are the words I use:
We're goin' down to the ark with Noah 2x2, 2x2, 2x2
We're goin' down to the ark with Noah 2x2,
Rise water rise.
Let me see you make a (lion) motion 2x2, 2x2, 2x2
Let me see you make a (lion) motion 2x2,
Rise water rise.Intro: Carnival Of The Animals & Lion
- read the introductory pages from the book that tell about Saint-Saëns, as well as discuss the orchestra instruments used for the music.
- show pictures of these instruments.
- I may also ask the students what kinds of animals they might expect to meet through the music (I don't give any of the animals away, just say "we'll see"). SQUILT: "Royal March Of The Lion" (Listening Kit 1 p. 22)
- I follow the kit's sequence of activities pretty closely, except I will read the page about each animal from the book at some point. I also have the students try to ID the instruments they hear depicting the animal and show the instrument pictures as well. Additional: for movement activity #5, I will choose a leader to hold the piano picture who will lead the class (or small group) in a procession of lions around the room. Each time the lion roars (glissando), leader raises the picture up high and all pantomime roaring.
- I'll teach them the weeeoo part first, then a simple hand dance for the verses (pat pat clap clap, R flat palm down 2x over L flat palm down repeat with other hand, R fist 2x on top of L fist repeat L fist 2x on top of R fist, R hitchhiker thumb 2x over R shoulder L hitchhiker thumb 2x over L shoulder). I'm not expecting them to get the song learned to perfection, just have fun with it.
Song: "Lion Sleeps Tonight" (CD: Singalong Songs tr 19 I got at Walmart. There are various other CDs with this song, too. STM has it for 6th).
- Review song "Lion Sleeps Tonight"
- Sing "Two By Two" with Lion first, then add chicken. SQUILT: "Hens & Roosters" (Listening Kit 1 p. 23)
- I again follow the activities here pretty closely, but I don't do the finger puppets. Instead, I pass out scarves for students to move about as hens and roosters to the music. Songs: "Chicken On The Fence Post" (STM 3rd p. 370) with accompanying game. Also, "I Bought A Little Chicken," and "Had A Little Rooster" (various sources).
- review song "Chicken On The Fence Post"
- play game
- sing "Two By Two" include Lion, Chicken, and add Donkey. SQUILT: "Personages With Long Ears" (Listening Kit 1 p. 25)
- Again, I follow the activities closely, but will read the page from the book and show instrument pictures in addition. Song: "Donkey Donkey" (STM 2 p. 144)
"Tingalayo" (I do this one on my guitar), or "Do Your Ears Hang Low" (Denise Gagne's Action Songs Children Love - Vol. 2 p. 9) I added the verse "Do your ears hang high," too.
- review songs: "Donkey Donkey," "Do Your Ears Hang Low" or "Tingalayo."
- Sing "Two By Two," include all animals above and add birdie. SQUILT: "Aviary" (Listening Kit 1 p. 26).
- Here I use my own cue cards (high/low, fast/slow, separated/smooth). With activities 3 and 4, I read from the book and show the instrument picture. As an additional activity after 4, I pass out scarves and sets of chopsticks for bird movements and steady beat playing. Song: "Here Comes A Bluebird" (STM 2) and accompanying game (if time).
- review "Here Comes A Bluebird" and play game.
- Sing "Two By Two" and add Dinosaurs. SQUILT: "Fossils" (Listening Kit 1 p. 27).
- I follow all activities, as well as read from the book and show instrument picture or bring in my real xylophone.
Session 6: Carnival Of The Animals video (takes the entire class and is a great wrap-up for the unit).