Valentine’s Day Unit on MusicplayOnline
With less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day, the Musicplay Online team has been busy preparing some NEW activities available on the site. The great thing about these activities – they are so versatile. This week we will share with you some ways to integrate these activities with a variety of songs and how they can be used in different grade levels.
Valentine’s Song Database
Here you will find all the songs related to love, friendship, and Valentine’s Day available in Musicplay.
Valentine’s Word Composition
This is an activity that can be used in many different ways and for a variety of grade levels. Only use the rhythms that are appropriate for your students. It never hurts for your students to see some more challenging rhythms.
Some different ways to use this activity include:
- WARM-UP – Practice known rhythm patterns. Students can then transfer the patterns to body percussion or non-pitched percussion instruments.
- CREATE A “B” SECTION – Use this activity to create a B section or Rondo with other songs from Musicplay – Some songs that would work well for this include “I Like You” (Song #68 from Musicplay Grade 1) and “Love Somebody” (Song #60 from Musicplay 3).
- CREATE AN OSTINATO – Create a 4 or 8 beat ostinato to play with the songs “I Like You” (Song #68 from Musicplay Grade 1) or “Love Somebody” (Song #60 from Musicplay 3). Transfer the ostinato to body percussion or non-pitched percussion instruments and try it while you sing the song at the same time.
- ASSESSMENT TOOL – Use the worksheets below (available on MUSICPLAY ONLINE) to assess reading, writing, and creating rhythm patterns.