- chart paper
- drawing paper
- rhythm instruments
- dress-up clothes
Objective: Children will perform songs to encourage creative expression, language, and social development.
1 Create a list with the class to record all of the songs that they sing at school. Explain that they can use instruments and dress-up clothes to create their musical performances.
2 Divide the class into small groups. Review the list with each group and ask them to choose a song to sing. Work with each group and assist them to plan and perform their song.
3 Encourage the children to decide how they would like to perform their selection. Will they all sing? Will some children sing while others play instruments? Or, would they all like to play instruments while singing?
4 How about a stage name? Ask children to think of a name for their performing group. Would they like to make a poster to advertise the song they are going to sing? Provide them with paper and markers to create signs and posters.
5 Provide each group with dress-up clothes for their performances. Schedule a time and day for each group's performance. Make a stage area for the performers, dim the lights, and let the show begin!
6 Have a post-performance celebration! Talk with children about the highlights of their group production.
Curriculum Connection: MOVEMENT
Dancing Troupe. Now invite all of the performers to work together to create a dance to accompany their song. Provide them with scarves or ribbons if they would like to use movement props. Schedule time for each group to practice and perform their dances. Then, have each group teach their dance to the others so everyone can dance together. Encourage children to continue creating dances during movement time to develop their creative-thinking and motor skills.
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