Find the Easter Basket
A fun lesson for the week before Easter, would be to teach your classes, Find the Easter Basket. This has always been a favorite lesson for me to teach before Easter. It’s a great opportunity to review dynamics, including crescendo and decrescendo or diminuendo.
- if teaching to K, teach the song by rote
- If teaching to Gr. 1-5, read the rhythms for the song by projecting the digital resource or musicplayonline.com, read from the student books, or write them on the board.
- Teach the melody by rote, or if your students can read la so mi, have them read the melody.
- Explain how the game is played. Don’t let the students shout. If the sound is harsh, have them clap the rhythm of the song softly and getting louder to show where the basket is, instead of singing.
- Play the game.
Game Directions: Choose one child to hide the Easter basket and another child to look for it. The child who is going to hunt for the basket leaves the room while the “hider” hides it. When the finder returns, the class sings the song, singing softly when he/she is far away from the basket, and singing louder as he gets closer to the basket. The basket must be hidden in plain sight. The game continues until everyone in the class has had a turn to hide the basket or to find it.
If you have a really large class, and kids are getting wiggly waiting for their turn, play the game over two classes. Keep track on your class list of all the students that have had a turn to hide or find the basket. In my classes, the kids get to hide OR find — not both.
Teaching Purpose/Suggestions: This song is included to teach or review dynamics. Show the dynamics projectables. (These are in the digital resources, or at musicplayonline these are in the concept slides. If purchasing as a TPT activity, the slides will be a projectable.)
Older classes still like playing games!
- For an older class, show them how a simple game song like Tisket a Tasket can be turned into a jazz classic. Search on YouTube for Ella Fitzgerald’s version of the song.
- Discuss how the Ella Fitzgerald version differs from the game song given here.
- Make a Venn Diagram that shows how the versions are similar and how they are different.
Extension: Create an EASTER RONDO
1. Teach the Orff arrangement, starting with the bass part and adding as many parts as your students can handle.
K-1-2: For the little ones use one sound/two sound cards:
Bunny Chick Bunny Chick. Bunny Bunny Bunny Chick
2-3-4: For older students use two beat rhythms:
Easter bunny, Easter Bunny, Basket, Chick . (ti-ti ti-ti,, ti-ti ti-ti, ta ta ta rest)
3. Have them play the patterns on body percussion or non-pitched instruments. Or, improvise melodies based on the rhythm of the patterns on barred instruments. Use the patterns as an introduction to the song, or as an interlude between repetitions of the song.