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This is a quick lining up song idea




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Title – Not a lesson plan, but a quick “lining up” song
By – Christi Woodrow
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – 
Grade Level – 1-4


      I use this at the end of my music class, but it could be used in a regular classroom as well. It is to the “tune” of the typical military call-response cadence (the type that at the end says “SOUND OFF 1-2, SOUND OFF 3-4, CADENCE COUNT 1-2-3-4, 1-2…3,4!). I sing/chant and then they echo after me as they are lining up.
      “Third grade fall into your line”

      (they echo)
      “Talking now would be a crime”

      (they echo)
      “Cross your arms and face the door”

      (they echo)
      “Or we’ll do this more and more”

      (they echo)
      “I am”


      “I am ready for the…hallway!”

      (we all sing/chant this together)


      As a music teacher, you can apply all kinds of elements of music into this and have them sing exactly how you sing (p, f, largo, allegro, add crescendos/decrescendos, accel./rit., legato/staccato, etc). Then ask them questions about the way you sang it.
    Once they know this song and line up with it consistently, I let my “helper” sing it and the class echoes. This gives me another chance to hear the class sing without me and an individual voice/solo (and they feel like it’s an honor to get to lead it).

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