Doggie Doggie Decoding

I wrote a post in August about some fun erasers that I found at Walmart this year.  You can read that post by clicking here.  I found frogs, cupcakes, butterflies but my favorite are the dogs.  I knew that I wanted to use them with some of my dog songs and one of those is Doggie Doggie.

In case you're not familiar with Doggie Doggie, it's a solo-singing/vocal timbre game.  One student is seated in the middle of the circle (or in front of your rows, if your kiddos are seated in rows).  The student in the middle is the "dog" and has their eyes closed during the song.  One of the other students is chose to have the bone.  The class sings, "Doggie, doggie where's your bone?" and the "dog" replies, "someone stole it from my home."  The class then sings, "Who stole your bone?" and the student with the bone answers, "I stole the bone."  The "dog" then has three guesses as to who has the bone.  

Here are my dog erasers with the first phrase of the song written on the staff:

I used this with second grade last week to review so & mi.  We didn't write it on the staff but wrote it spatially on the floor.  Each student was given a baggie that had 10 dogs in it (we went through the whole "spiel" that you start with 10 dogs and when you return your bag there should be ten dogs.  They were really cute about making sure there were no "stray dogs" on left on the floor when we were done.

First, they notated the first phrase of the song:

Then we did doggie decoding.  I sang a phrase using so & mi patterns from songs that they know but I sang them on "woof".  After I sang them on "woof" they sang the phrase back to me on solfa and then wrote out the pattern they heard.  Below is "woof woof woof woof woof" on the pitches so mi so so mi:
 They had a great time with this and it was fun variation to melodic decoding.


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