I'm re-doing some lesson plans for my older kiddos (3rd - 5th) because they are finally on track with their grade level (in accordance with Kodaly levels and my favorite series to use, Spotlight on Music).
With this great little song, "Kuma San," I reformated to fit in as much review and vocabulary as possible. I plan to pair it with Nabe, Nabe. My 3rd graders will see it again as they work on their recorder rep later in the year.
It has many opportunities for me to assess what my former students have retained and evaluate the musical knowledge of any little newbies I might get.
Here's the PowerPoint I created for it:
Take a break and add in some unpitched percussion (great time to define the term, review some basic classroom instruments, and define accompaniment or also discuss timbre). Try having some students clap the blue wood block part while others snap the orange finger cymbal part:
The last slide offers an opportunity to add in some pitched percussion, plus sneaks in a few more vocabulary words:
What do you do to help your students review previous musical skills and assess the abilities of new students?