Lessons - FREDDIE

 

 

Lesson Overview

Grade K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3


NOTE: Common Core State Standard codes included on digital download of lesson plan when applicable. (LilyPad Lifeline members only.)


Room Set-up/Environment:
Half circle of chairs, open space for movement in the middle.


Lesson Plan

Grade K

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Materials Needed:

  1. Prepared seating chart with student names and assigned seats.
  2. Freddie the Frog teacher’s puppet
  3. Audio player and speaker
  4. Recording of Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night (audio CD included in book)
  5. Recording of “Eli’s Hokey Pokey” (on audio CD included in book)
  6. Recording of “Froggie Went A’Courtin’” (on audio CD included in book)
  7. Classroom instruments, any variety of non-pitched
  8. Detailed instructions and PDF downloads and projectable files located in Freddie The Frog Beyond the Books Teacher’s Guide (Hal Leonard Pubishing)

Student “I Can” Statements:

  1. I can identify the visual representation of six treble clef note names (E4, F4, A4, C5, E5, F5) via story.
  2. I can identify the visual representation of six treble clef note names by story character/location (E4, F4, A4, C5, E5, F5) on staff notation.
  3. I can use my singing voices.
  4. I can keep the beat with body movement while listening and singing.

Process:

NOTE:

  • If this is the first time your kindergarten students have listened to the story, introduce it the same way it was introduced in the kindergarten video clip.
  • If your kindergarten students are familiar with the story from preschool, then introduce it similar to the first grade video clip.

Step 1. Students enter and go to their assigned seat.
Step 2. Sing Freddie the Frog’s “Hello, Song”.

  • Freddie wants to tell them a story.

Step 3. Share book/audio CD, Freddie the Frog® and the Thump in the Night, by Sharon Burch/illustrated by Tiffany Harris

  • Direct students to use two finger taps with the indicated thumps of 4 quarter notes.
  • Review at the end of the story. Ask if they remember, “who or what” on the staff. (See end of storybook.)

Step 4. Sing and beat movement to “Eli’s Hokey Pokey” recording.

  • Ask students to stand and move to their own circle (reference to their “Top” circle from previous lesson).
  • Instruct students in making an elephant trunk and elephant ears using their arms.
  • Move to the beat of the music.

Step 5.   Sing and beat movement with “Froggie Went A-Courtin’”

  • Ask students to move to their assigned seats.
  • Play “Froggie Went A-Courtin’” and ask students to tap the beat, mirroring your tapping. Change where you are tapping on your body, or body movement throughout the song. Switch tapping locations every eight beats.
  • If time allows, add classroom instruments.
  • Demonstrate how to play each instrument before handing it to a student. (There is a section on establishing classroom instrument rotation and structure for success with students in Beyond the Books teacher’s guide.
  • Distribute a different classroom instrument to every third student. Play the beat for eight counts then pass to the student on the left. Continue.

Step 6. Stand, turn in direction of the line and leave to give Freddie a hug and return to their classroom


Assessment:

  • Informal assessment of understanding/playing the beat.
  • Informal assessment of identifying location on the staff of six note names.

Follow Up Activities:

Next music class, share Freddie the Frog and the Mysterious Wahooooo book/CD, note name review, and follow up singing and movement.


Lesson Plan

Grade 1

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Lesson same as Grade K with the exception of the following:

  • If this is the first time your first grade students have listened to the story, introduce it the same way it was introduced in the kindergarten video clip.
  • If your first grade students are familiar with the story from first grade, then introduce it similar to the first grade video clip.

Step 1. Students enter and go to their assigned circle. The first circle that is standing quietly with their arms at their sides, gets to be part 1 of the 2-part round.
Step 2. Sing Freddie the Frog’s “Hello, Song” in a 2-part round.


Lesson Plan

Grade 2

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Same as Grade 1 with following exception:

  • If this is the first time your second grade students have listened to the story, introduce it the same way it was introduced in the kindergarten video clip.
  • If your second grade students are familiar with the story from first grade, then introduce it similar to the second grade video clip.

Step 1. Students enter and go to their assigned circle. The first circle that is standing quietly with their arms at their sides, gets to be part 1 of the 3-part round.
Step 2. Sing Freddie the Frog’s “Hello, Song” in a 3-part round.

  • Freddie wants to tell them a story.

Continue with steps as shared in Grade 1.


Lesson Plan

Grade 3

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Student “I Can” Statements:

  1. I can identify the visual representation of six treble clef note names (E4, F4, A4, C5, E5, F5) via story and “Freddie’s Alphabet.”
  2. I can identify the visual representation of six treble clef note names by story character/location (E4, F4, A4, C5, E5, F5) on staff notation.
  3. I can identify and understand a “new” method of memorizing note names: space notes=FACE, line notes=Every Good Boy Does Fine
  4. I can understand and memorize the visual representation of the treble clef note names by letter name via staff notation.
  5. I can identify and understand three ways to remember treble clef note names: story, “Freddie’s Alphabet” (music alphabet), and line/space sentences.
  6. I can use my singing voices.

Process:
NOTE:

  • If this is the first time your third grade students have listened to the story, introduce it the same way it was introduced in the kindergarten video clip. Abandon the rest of this lesson and use the second grade video clip and lesson plan as your guide. (Mark this lesson for the January review.)
  • If your third grade students are familiar with the story from second grade, then introduce and teach the new method similar to the third grade video clip. Proceed with this lesson.

Step 1. Students enter and go to their assigned seat. (Freddie is located in the front of the room within sight of students.) with their arms at their sides, gets to be part 1 of the 3-part round.
Step 2. Freddie wants to tell them a story.

Step 3. Review and share book/audio CD, Freddie the Frog® and the Thump in the Night, by Sharon Burch/illustrated by Tiffany Harris

  • Direct students to use two finger taps with the indicated thumps of 4 quarter notes.
  • Review at the end of the story. Ask if they remember, “who or what” on the staff. (See end of storybook.)

Step 4. Guide students to identify treble clef note names via story characters/places on a large visual staff. (See video clip.)

Step 5. Guide students to remember Freddie’s alphabet (music alphabet). (See video clip.)

Step 6. Ask students to identify space or line notes using flashcards or other visual.

  • When students are secure in identifying line or space notes, and then count the lines on the staff (5).
  • Point out that we can “cheat” by pretending the five fingers on our hand represents the lines of the staff.
  • Review story characters and places by pointing to the fingers of your outstretched hand. (See video clip.)

Step 7. Introduce another way to remember note names—space notes and line notes. (See video clip.)

  • FACE
  • Every Good Boy Does Fine
  • Quiz students using your hand.

Step 8. Student partners quiz each other using one hand to represent the staff. (See video clip.)

Step 9. Stand, turn in direction of the line and leave to give Freddie a hug or high five if they desire, and return to their classroom