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Last week, I was all about using jump ropes to bring movement into the classroom. You can read about that here. This week, it’s all about the eggs. Or the chicken. You can decide which came first.
I wish I could tell you that my ear troubles have gone away. I’ve mentioned it so many times on this blog, that I’m starting to feel like you’re going on the journey with me. Sadly, the ear troubles remain, but so does my determination to create new videos. So I’m back with a new video this week. It’s a simple singalong that you can use to introduce or practice the song with your students.

 

EGG GAME

If you have lots of egg shakers, now’s the time to pull them out! If you don’t, you can always make your own using plastic eggs from the dollar store. Fill them with rice or popcorn, close them, and tape the edges. If you have brightly-colored or patterned tape, even better. Done.
Okay, now that you have the eggs, it’s time for the game. I first learned about this game through a video on Youtube, which you can watch below:

 

Students keep the beat with the egg in their right hand during the first phrase. They toss the egg in the air on the “hoodays”. Then, in the second phrase, they keep the beat with the egg in their left hand. They toss the egg in the air on the first “hooday”. Then, they toss it to their neighbor on the final “hooday”.

While researching this game a bit more, I ran across Amy Abbott’s post on Shanghai Chicken. She describes how she plays the game (a variation of what’s shown above) and offers some great ideas for rhythm practice.

RHYTHM

The egg game is great for reinforcing the feeling of the dotted eighth and quarter on the word “hooday”. They are feeling the rhythms as they toss and catch the eggs on Hooday.

I created free projectables and worksheets that you can use with this song. Click on the images below to download the files.

The Spring Composition projectable and worksheet can be used in conjunction with the others or as a standalone activity.

If you liked today’s lesson idea, be sure to check out the 31 Days of Rhythm event happening over at the MusicEd Blogs Community. Each day members (including myself) share a blog post all about teaching rhythm concepts. If you’re a music education blogger, and would like to join the group, feel free to sign up on our website HERE.