Instruments, Orff, Rhythm, Singing, Solfege

Ducks in the Pond

Springtime is drawing closer and so is the end of the school year!  I can’t believe it has gone by so quickly.  I love springtime and all the wonderful things it brings outside.  I love gardening and going everywhere outside with my dogs.  There is a hiking park by my house that we love to go to and they just splash around in the creek running through the woods.  Sometimes we even see some ducks and geese at the park, which my dogs enthusiastically scare off.

My song about this white duck is great for springtime or really anytime of year.  It would be wonderful for the beginning of the year to review/introduce Do to students.  I am using it at the end of the year as more of a review piece.


This lesson can be found in my TPT store.  It is also a part of the Spring Bundle I have available.

I wanted more songs for reviewing/teaching Do that just had Do in them.  This way it was easier for my students coming from the world of So La and Mi to find that low sound of Do.  I took it upon myself to write a melody for this poem that I found about ducks.

As with many beginning music songs, I allow my students to work on maintaining the steady beat when first learning the song.  Then we work together to find the rhythm, noticing where the 1 vs. 2 sounds happen.  We also can find the rests and label them.  Finally, students are able to see the rhythm notation and clap and say it.

Working on the melody is the main part of this lesson.  I review the So, La and Mi (SLM) sounds with my students, taking some time to practice singing phrases with just those notes in them.  Then we look at the beginning of the phrases of the song and find the pattern of SLM notes in them.  I help the students to discover that the ends of the phrases sound lower than Mi, and we introduce Do.  Then we can practice singing patterns using Do along with SLM.  Then we can sing the entire song using solfege.  If desired we even see the solfa patterns on the staff.

Sometimes, depending on the time of year and how much time we have, I add a basic instrument accompaniment to the song.  Bass bordun pattern of “Will (rest) You (rest) Be My Friend (rest)” on the Do and So and then a cluster/triangle on the rests.  This is a great basic set up for any basic song in your Orff classroom.


If I am looking for a melodic assessment, or even something for a center after this lesson (or anytime); I can turn to my worksheets I have included for this lesson.  The first worksheet has students matching the Solfege words to how they should look on the staff.  Students cut and paste the correct staff pattern to the solfege word pattern.  The 2nd worksheet is great for older leaners who are practicing rhythm.  They pick which rhythm box certain “Pond” words fit into.

As I mentioned before this unit is available on my TPT store here: Ducks

Also make sure to check out the Spring Bundle which includes Ducks and many other fun spring activities.

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