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Singing Game

Music Lesson Plan

Title: Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Grade Level: 1st

Source: Making Music by Silver Burdett

Materials needed:
Head, shoulders, knees and toes recording
Head, shoulders, knees and toes diagram
Participating students


A.S: Can someone show me where your head is? What about your knees? Your

1. Start by asking students to point out a few body parts on their own body (i.e. their
head, knees, or shoulders).
2. Introduce these parts as body parts and introduce background information about
human body parts (i.e. humans have four limbs: two legs and two arms).
3. Now ask students if they have heard about the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and
4. You will now introduce the song to the students.
5. Share the head, shoulders, knees and toes diagram so students can follow along to
the song and watch where their body parts are. This is a time for listening and
6. After playing the song, keep sharing the diagram. Use this time to break down the
lyrics so that students can easily memorize them. Sing a section yourself, then
have the students repeat after you.
7. After going over the lyrics, you will now go over the body parts and point to each
part that is being sung in the song.
8. Now sing the song with the students while also pointing to the body parts that are
9. After the first round, you will do it again, but faster! This part of the activity will
introduce TEMPO.
10. Introduce TEMPO to the students and define it in a simplified form for them (i.e.
tempo is when music changes speed).
11. Now you will go another round, but this time, slower.
12. After playing the slow round, it is time to go silly! Sing the song again, but this
time, instead of pointing to your body part, you will shake your body part! (head –
shake your head, toes – wiggle your toes)
13. Do this for two rounds, faster and then slower, and reintroduce TEMPO so
students can memorize the definition.
Closure: Review the body parts that you went over during the activity, and in the song.
Also review what tempo means by asking students what the definition and how we used
it in today’s activity.

Educational Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will have learned what
TEMPO is and where certain body parts are.

Social/ Cognitive Physical Musical Non-Musical

Students will be Students will National Standards “Core” Music Content
able to identify point to where Standards Standards
where certain their body parts
body parts are. are in slow 1. Singing Creating
motion and fast Imagine
Students will motion. MU:Cr1.1b
learn about their
body parts. Students will 2. Play Instruments Plan and Make
also shake their
body parts in Evaluate & Refine
slow motion
and fast motion. 3. Improvising Present

4. Composing MU:Pr4.1.1a


5. Reading &
Notating Rehearse,
Evaluate, & Refine

6. Listening MU:Pr6.1.1a

7. Evaluating

8. Integration
(outside arts) Evaluate

Connect #10
9. History/Culture
Connect #11