Singing The Clean-Up Song Clean up, clean up, Everybody, everywhere Clean up, clean up, Everybody do your share!
This is the House
Start with playing simple melodies (May Had a Little Lamb, Ode to Joy, etc.) on mallets and auxiliary percussion. Play the original tempo or slower, and then gradually build up the speed until it sounds wild and chaotic (not enough to damage instruments though). Then, gradually bring the tempo back down to normal.
Students can make up their own story about how their house, classroom, school, etc. was tidy and neat until their parents/teacher left.
Students play a variant of Ships and Sailors, with modified calls to match the story. Once they have a grasp on how to play, the students can create their own calls.
While the story is read, students will stand up and act out characters through choreographed noises and actions when cued by the teacher.
Relate the story to other books about messes and cleaning up frantically, like Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. See also “Creating” for Writing assignments for older students.
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