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Saturday, December 1, 2012

STEADY BEAT - FIVE LITTLE BELLS

Five Little Bells 
Five little bells hanging in a row.
The first one said, "Ring me slow."
The second one said, "Ring me fast."
The third one said, "Ring me last."
The fourth one said, "I'm a chime."
The fifth one said, "Ring me at Christmas time."


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Print the blackline master I created (the link is provided below).  After printing 5 copies of the blackline, write a 4-beat pattern using the rhythms that are part of your current concept lesson on each bell.  For example, at the primary level, you might use quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rest patterns (ta, ti-ti, and r).  I use stick notation -- but I left the blackline blank so that you can use the notation patterns your children are used to reading.  For an intermediate lesson, you might want to consider a 4-beat sixteenth note rhythm using tika-tika, ti-tika, and tika-ti.  You might also consider making your bells without any rhythm pattern, laminate them first, then using an erasable marker so that you can change rhythm patterns based on the grade level use of this activity.

Here is how I have adapted the poem to use it this month and support the rhythmic concepts in my lesson.  Hope it is useful to you in your classrooms.

Five little bells hanging in a row.
The first one said, "hang the first bell and read (say/play) the rhythm pattern on the bell"
The second one said, "hang the second bell and read (say/play) the rhythm pattern on the second bell"
The third one said, "hang the third bell and read (say/play) the rhythm on the third bell"
The fourth one said, "hang the fourth bell and read (say/play) the rhythm on the fourth bell"
The fifth one said, "We're all hanging on the line.
Now play the rhythms on our seasonal chimes."
(hang the fifth bell pattern and read (say/play) all five patterns - ending the rhythm pattern by saying)
A rhythmic ringing time.

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In searching my library, I found that I had 4 books about bells.  Of course, the Iza Trapni Jingle Bells is a must for any holiday collection.  Then there is also Lucille Colandro's I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell.


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The Christmas Bell has a religious storyline.  The Bells of Christmas is set in the late 1800's.  I hope these are helpful to your search for children's literature connections.


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3 comments:

  1. Thom, thanks for the great idea. Kathi K

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  2. I loved your workshop at AOSA and I especially appreciate all the information here! Thanks!

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  3. Denise Rives, Clarksville, TNDecember 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Thank you!! This is exactly what I needed! My classroom is also the stage, so I lose my regular teaching space for the third grade musical backdrop this week. I have been looking for something I can do with a small whiteboard and minimal "stuff." This will work perfectly! Thank you for saving my sanity! I also enjoyed your session at AOSA.

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