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This is a “Jin – Gle – Bells” musical hot potato game
Music, P.E. & Health
1, 2, 3
Title – “Jingle Bells” Musical Game
By – D. L. Davis
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 1-3
This lesson will teach the following skills or terms
- 1. Improvement and focus on steady beat
- 2. Tempo = The speed of music
- 3. Playing of instruments on both a steady ostinato and also with a steady rhythmic pattern
- 4. Physical Education: improve hand-eye coordination, as well as concentration on a moving object.
MATERIALS AND NEEDS:
- 1. 1-3 pairs of sleighbells (I use the round wristbells in the students hands. It is easier for them)
- 2. All of your students in one straight line, side-by side and horizontal, like “Hot Potato”
- 3. Perhaps, a copy of the song “Jingle Bells” or have it reviewed with the students already.
- 1. Demonstrate this as a game (I call it “Rapid Jingle Bells”) Have the class echo back the words “Jingle Bells” and also a hammer motion while doing it (Kinesthetic movement, three quarter notes Jin – Gle – Bells).
- 2. Play a sleigh bell while they practice the hammer motion 1-3 times.
- 3. Introduce the game with a classroom partner. Play the motion with them on Jingle bells and you will say this while they play
- “Jin-Gle Bells, Pass it to the next person here we go”
- 4. Have the students pass the bells during “pass it to the next person here we go”, so that the next person is ready by the words”Jin-Gle Bells” to play. Repeat each time, speeding the tempo up on your speaking each time.
- 5. If the student is caught by you not playing on time with you, that person is “out”. Continue until one person, the “winner” is left.
- I use this game with two-three sleigh bells moving at once. It can get very fast-paced, but you can keep it going with a well-disciplined class. Have fun with it and try afterwards to have the students transfer the “Jin – Gle – Bells” three quarter note pattern while singing “Jingle Bells” to add an instrumental touch to the famous tune.
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