MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB

American Folk Song

RHYTHM WARMUP:

Clap, sing, or play along with the rhythm cards!

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CONNECTING:

LITERACY

Watch and listen to this reading of the poem "Mary's Lamb." This poem eventually became the lyrics of the song "Mary Had a Little Lamb." 

What does this poem teach us?

LISTENING:

Listen and dance to the Music and the Brain Listening Collection recording of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

 

What instruments do you hear? How many voices?

Listening Collection:

"Mary Had a Little Lamb"

00:00 / 01:39

CONNECTING:

SHEEP SCIENCE

  • An adult female sheep is called a ewe, an adult male sheep is called a ram, and a young sheep is called a lamb.

  • There are more than 1 billion sheep in the world, and China is the country with the most sheep in the world.

  • The fur or fleece on sheep can be sheared or shaven to make wool. Wool is a warm material used often in coats, sweaters and outerwear.

  • A person whose job is to take care of sheep is called a shepherd.

SONG ANALYSIS

Think, point and track the notes with your pointer finger, and sing along with the following recordings!

What does the rhythm sound like?

00:00 / 00:37

What does the melody sound like?

00:00 / 00:39

Which fingers play this song?

00:00 / 01:00

What do the lyrics sound like?

00:00 / 00:37
The numbers above the notes are finger numbers.  What does R.H. stand for?

PRACTICING:

Play along using the keyboard image with the video, or download your own keyboard card:

USE A CURVED HAND POSITION WITH THE THUMB ON MIDDLE C

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PERFORMING:

Play along with and without the video using the interactive keyboard               below!

USE A CURVED HAND POSITION WITH THE THUMB ON MIDDLE C

5       4       3      2       1       2       3      4        5

PRACTICE TRACKER:

How many times did you practice the song?

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CONNECTING:

People all over the world know "Mary Had a Little Lamb!" Check out this video featuring improvisation on the piano and more versions of the song below!

CREATING:

Fill in the blanks to write your own lyrics to

"Mary Had a Little Lamb!" 

Download the PDF here:

RESPONDING:
Let Music and the Brain hear from you!

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