Since I decided to teach the song to first graders I simplified the song to it’s basic melody and made that the A section of the piece. There is a longer version (and I’ll post the rest of the lyrics here as well) but it’s more Halloween themed and I really needed this for a post-Halloween song.
For the B section I improvised a little So-La-Mi pattern and filled in some words (since we’re also working/remembering the So-La-Mi pattern at this time) to create this little ditty. The lyrics are pulled from the A section to try and create some unity.
The really fun part was helping kids find the pattern. We learned the song with some simple actions and echo singing and then once we were confident on the melody and words we started to identify. We talked about how the A sections sounded the same but there was something in-between that was different. I pulled out the pumpkin foam die-cuts to help here. I labeled two with “A” and the third with “B.” Those were strung along a yarn line between two other pumpkins to create “pumpkins on the vine.”
Another fun extension that we tried was that I gave the three letters “ABA” to the kids and said that I was going to sing another pattern and that they had to identify what it was. Then I sang the song in an “AAB” form. We listened and worked through it together to have the kids find the correct form and put that up on the pumpkin vine. Then I gave the pumpkins to one specific student and had that kid take charge of identifying and labeling the form. I would sing ABA or AAB for a few examples and then I would get tricky and only sing AB. After stopping after the B the kids took a few seconds to figure it out and eventually realized that it was only going to be AB.
It turned out to be a fun activity and one that I wanted to share. Let me know if the files aren’t working here. I’ve never used Finale Notepad before and I’m not sure everything worked out. Forgive the note value errors if they’re there… it’s been a long day. ;D