It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone already! I don't know about your schedules but our district has 3.5 weeks until Winter break. With three school choir performances between then and now I already have my tree up, the lights hung outside, most of my kids' presents purchased and have been listening to Christmas songs for the past few days. Sad, I know!
Well, since I have caught the holiday spirit and because one of the teachers in my district recently asked me if I could recommend any Christmas songs that use ti-tika and tika-ti I thought I'd share a PowerPoint and solfa-mix-up game that I created over break. I did find a few Christmas songs that use ti-tika and tika-ti, including "Up On The Housetop." Now, the notated version I have of this song is written in augmentation of the way I have it notated. This goes back to my Kodály levels with Jill Trinka; she wanted us to notated songs the way we sing it and I think this lends itself to the way I have it notated below:
Of course there are two more verses. These two are included in the PowerPoint slide below:
My third graders are prepping ti-tika, and we will present it in the next week. We will start by reading this slide that uses a tie in the sixteenth notes. We talk about the critical attributes of this rhythmic element: it is three sounds on one beat, the sounds are uneven and the sound organization is long-short-short.
If you have older beginners and are choosing to present ti-tika and tika-ti at the same time you could use this slide as well (although, my choice is to prepare and present each of these rhythmic elements individually):
Once ti-tika is presented, my 3rd graders will read the slide with this notation:
Here's the tika-ti prep slide, if you're prepping tika-ti:
And you could always have your 4th and 5th graders read the following rhythmic notation for practice:
The verse of this song is excellent do-pentatonic practice for 3rd-5th graders:
If you have gotten to fa with your 4th graders they could also read the chorus on solfége:
Here are some flashcards with rhythmic and melodic patterns from the song:
If you would like a copy of this file, I have uploaded it to Teachers pay Teachers and you can access it by clicking here.
I hope you all had a GREAT Thanksgiving!!