Sing your way through Robert Munsch's "Mortimer" as Mortimer's guests go up and down the stairs. Students will sing the steps of the Solfege scale for each stair step... and bang on pots, pans, and everything they can get their hands on! Massively fun!
Tell the students, "We will be learning about solfege today. Solfege is a method that helps singers learn new music. Solfege uses seven syllables - Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, and Ti - one syllable for each note of the musical scale."
Draw ascending steps on the white board. Above each of these steps write a solfege syllable Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do.
Explain that you are beginning and ending on Do because musical scales always begin and end on the same note.
Underneath the ascending steps, write the alphabet letters: C (Do), D (Re), E (Mi), F (Fa), G (So), A (La), B (Ti), C (Do).
Perform the scale ascending and descending for the class and then ask them to sing it with you.
Select 2 or 3 students to play the scale on the Orff glockenspiels.
Practice the scale ascending and descending with the students playing the glockenspiels.
Ask the class to sing the solfege scale with the glockenspiels.
Tell the students that each time in the story that someone goes upstairs to tell Mortimer to "Be Quiet" or descends the stairs, we will play and sing the 'steps' of the solfege scale.
Select one example from the story and practice this musical element.
Teach the students Mortimer's song:
CLANG, CLANG, RATTLE, BING, BANG,
GONNA MAKE MY NOISE ALL DAY.
Pass out the pots, pans and non-pitched percussion instruments. Each student should have something to play.
Tell students, "Each time we sing along with Mortimer, we will add a little clanging and banging with our instruments."
Ask students to play one sound on each beat of Mortimer's song. Ask the students to listen to an example and then try it for themselves.
Tell students, "I will read Mortimer again. This time we will sing along with Mortimer and sing the Solfege scale as each person goes up or down the stairs."
Read the story.
Switch the students playing the glockenspiels and read the story again.