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Wherefore art thou spring? My coffee no longer gives me the energy it once did, and I’m wondering if I’ll ever see the sun again. Can you relate? To be honest, I don’t have any magical cure-alls that will make the wait for spring any easier. However, I do know that (as always) it helps to add more vigorous movement in the classroom.


Borrow the longest jump ropes your P.E. teacher has for this lesson. The longer they are, the more students you can have jumping at the same time.
Two students will be in charge of one rope. They’ll get it swinging during the first section of the song. Then, on the words “now jump” one or two students will begin jumping in the middle. You can insert their names into the song as indicated. Or you can sing instead “Now jump in the middle”.
The planning of this lesson depends mostly on the size of your classroom and the jump ropes you’re able to use. But, no worries if you’re limited on space. The rest of the class can wait in a circle around the jumpers, while playing rhythm instruments on the beat. Or you can use the modifications I’ve described below… 


To play this game with younger students, keep the ropes on the floor. Have one student on each end, dragging the rope right to left on the beat. Then, the jumpers only have to jump over the rope as it passes under their feet.
You could also try hula hoops or form the jump ropes into circles on the floor. Then, have students jump in and out of the circles on the beat. This way, you can have more students participating at the same time. Plus, you don’t have to worry about them tripping all over themselves or their classmates. It’s a successful day if your kids can make it out of your classroom without hurting themselves or others. Am I right? 


Once students have played through the game, you can begin discussing the form. Ask questions such as, “How many parts did this song have?” “What were the same and different parts?” Students should be able to easily identify the two sections. Especially since the jumping occurs only in the second section.
From there, you can ask students what other songs they know that are organized into two sections. This would be a great introduction to AB/binary form. My friend Angie has a fun webpage that goes over the basics of form. It would be great to use as a reference in class. It’s called the Musical Deli.
If you’re looking to do more lessons on form, here are a few blog posts I’ve written on the subject:
A lesson with free printables for call and response.
A song for practicing singing in round.
A fun poem that’s fantastic for teaching rondo form.Basics of Form
A no-prep interactive slideshow that covers the basics of form.