I’ve been thinking of the upcoming Easter holiday and the lyrics “…green and yellow basket” instantly popped into my head. So, I knew that I wanted to cover the song A Tisket A Tasket.
I was surprised to discover another version of the song that goes by the name Kitty Kitty Casket. You can see the differences in the notations below:
You can use the video below for personal reference or as whole class review after your students have learned the song.
This game can be played with either version of the song. Students stand in a circle facing inward. Choose one student to be “it”. It walks around the outside of the circle, with a handkerchief in hand, as everyone sings. At the end of the song, It will drop the handkerchief behind someone. That person will pick up the handkerchief and then race around the circle to try and catch It. The student who reaches the vacated spot first wins the game and gets to be It for the next round.
Youtube is a fantastic source for finding children’s singing games. The video below shows the dance for Kitty Kitty Casket. You can use this dance with A Tisket A Tasket as well by repeating the moves.
After students have sang and moved to one version of the song, introduce the other version. Ask them leading questions, such as “What parts of the music were the same in both songs?” or “What made this song different than the other?” Encourage them to use music vocabulary. If you use a word wall, this would be a great time to point out each word as they go along.
You might also have them compare the same song in different styles. For example, Ella Fitzgerald’s jazzy rendition of A Tisket A Tasket versus the style of the original folk song.
That’s it for today’s post. If you know about the history of these songs (such as which version came first), please share it in the comments below!