Maybe I’m being a little too optimistic with this song choice, but I can’t help it. I’m ready for spring! I’m ready to feel the sun on my face. I’m ready to see something other than cloudy skies and leafless trees. I’m ready to switch from hot coffee to cold coffee. From soup to ice cream. From Netflix in the dark to Netflix in the light.
But it won’t feel like spring around here for at least another month. Until then, I’m going to include lots of movement in my lesson ideas. This segment, recently aired on the Today Show, reminded me of how powerful singing and dancing can be. The dance featured below is a simple one that you could include in a variety of grade levels.
The following description of the folk dance for this song is from the HNU’s Kodály Center Website:
Formation: Two lines of children (A and B) facing each other, with enough space in between to advance and retreat. Verses alternately sung by Line A and Line B. As the line sings, it advances toward the other line during the first half of the verse, then returns to its place during the second half.
After “then you may have her,” the child whose name was sung in verse 5 joins Line A. The next time through, Line B begins singing the first verse.
The same as above, except both lines move forward during the first half of the verse. Then, students swing with the person across from them and switch places. This continues until the fifth verse, during which the chosen student and their partner sashay down the middle. The rest of the students remain in their places, and they all begin again.
Students could play the accompaniment for this piece on Orff instruments, Boomwhackers, colored bells, or even Ukuleles. The notation below is color-coded to fit Boomwhackers. It’s also a handy visual for students to play borduns on Orff instruments.
Try splitting students into two groups. One group will play the accompaniment, while the other group sings and dances. Record their performance and show it during parent-teacher night. You could also perform the piece as part of an informance.
Feel free to use the video below as personal reference or as a part of your lesson plan. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my channel on Youtube for videos you can use in your classroom.