Valentine Themed Music Resources

The BEST Valentine Game for K-2

To the tune of This Old Man
Valentine, valentine.
Won’t you be my valentine?
Number 1, number 2, number 3 it must be you.
Take my heart along with you.

Sitting in a scattered formation or columns and rows is the most fun, although a circle will work, too. The first child is the leader and has a valentine in their hand and walks around the room as the song is sung. On each of the three numbers, the leader taps the head (or back) of the nearest 3 children. The third child is given the heart, stands up, and holds hands with the leader. The leader continues to slowly walk around the room, meandering in any direction, and when the song gets to the numbers, the child on the end who has the valentine taps 3 heads and gives the valentine to the third child. That child stands up, holds hands with the person who gave them the valentine, and now the group of three walks around the room. The game continues until there is only one child left. When that child gets the valentine, there is only one person left, YOU the teacher. So the end child gets to give the valentine to you.

Roses Are Red

This is a wonderful 6/8 Valentine activity for grades 3-5.

Using the old poem “Roses are Red”, echo speak with body percussion until everyone knows it.

1.  Individuals improvise the poem on pitched percussion/recorders.  When we do this, we start with someone and just proceed all around the room.  I keep a little bass beat on the BX and play a little interlude between each child.  It is so much fun and the 6/8 of course is lilting and beautiful!

2.  Finish the melody activity-On xylophones have students learn DRMS, DRMS for the first two lines of the poem and then they create the melody for the last two lines.  We vote on our favorite and that becomes their class melody.  I usually do it in C pentatonic.  It would work well on recorders in G major.  OR, you could do LDRM in E minor on recorders for a fun and accessible way to finish a melody using the notes EGAB.

3.  Building bricks with 6/8-students brainstorm.  Three eighth note examples are valentine and chocolate.  Dotted quarter examples are love, heart, red, candy.  Put combos together in groups to create B, C, D, E, F, etc. sections in rondo form with the song above as your A section.  Or pick favorite group creation as the B section for a more simple binary form.  These can be transferred to non-pitched percussion.

4.  If you’d like to explore writing poems in the style of “Roses are Red”, try changing the colors and then the rhyming words.

Roses are blue.
Violets are red.
If you agree,
You’ve got rocks in your head.

How to Play Musical Chairs (With a Twist)

Same game but with a twist!

This game, and version of the familiar musical chairs game, is so much fun and easy to set up. I only play it with classes that can follow rules.

What You Need

  • Classroom chairs
  • One textbook (or book) for every student
  • Music (I made you some Spotify playlists at the bottom of the page)
  • Students who are willing to play by the rules

How to Play

Start with a circle of chairs with the seats facing OUT.

The example class has 30 kids, so 29 chairs in a circle, right? Get a stack of textbooks or 29 books of any kind and after the first person is out, you put one book on any chair. I originally used textbooks because they are sturdy, were readily available in my classroom, and if a chair gets bumped, won’t fall off.

There is now one person out and they are in charge of putting the books on the chairs after each elimination. They get in the middle of the circle with the books. You start the music again. I tell the person in the middle to put ONE book on any chair AFTER the music begins again. As soon as they’ve put a book on a chair, you can stop the music whenever because the number of available chairs will fit how many are still in the game, minus one. Unlike the original, there is NO moving of chairs and a student is in charge of the books which allows you to keep your eyes on the game more consistently.

I put a playlist together and just let it roll and only use my mute button to turn the music “off and on” so that my eyes are constantly on the gameplay. Of course, you can stop and start the song, too.

It is SO fun. It is safe as long as you are firm on the rules and if it doesn’t work or you fear someone will get hurt, end the game and move on to something else.

The Rules!

  • If you touch anyone you are out.
  • If you stop moving or run you are out.
  • If you touch a CHAIR you are out. (this prevents pinched fingers and general cheating)
  • You may NOT sit in a chair with a book in it.
  • I (the teacher) am the official. I have to catch people who break the rules and whatever I say RULES.

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Let’s Get This Game Started-November Edition

Why an Icebreaker?

  • It’s FUN and perfect for grades 2-6
  • A break from the routine
  • Community Building
  • Can be done in one class period
  • Sharpens listening skills
  • Builds collaboration
  • SEL benefits-relaxation, reduction of stress/anxiety

Voice Exploration

  • High/Low
  • Loud/Soft
  • Rhythmic Speech

How to Play

  • Print the 1 through 30 numbered sheets and cut into strips.
  • Give each student a strip making sure that the numbers are in random order so students don’t know the order of the responses.
  • If you have fewer than 30 students, give a couple of students two strips. If you have more than 30 students, have a few participate with a partner.

As you can see in the below example for #1 and #2, each strip tells the student what dialogue comes before them so they are prepared for their dialogue.

Let’s Get This Game Started-Halloween Version

The Halloween version of this whole-class ice breaker with snippets of sounds, flickering lights, and Halloween poetry!

Here’s my FREE PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers!

November Version of the same great game!

There are 5 pages of dialogue including scary cats, flickering lights, and other Halloween fun! Below is page 1.

Pass the Pumpkin

Game * Orff Arrangement * Student-Created Springtime Version

This is a great beat passing game! Whoever has the pumpkin on the last beat of the song is OUT! Continue playing until there is a final winner. As students get out, they can go get sticks and play to the beat as the game progresses.

Pass the Pumpkin Orff Arrangement

Pass the Pumpkin beat passing song and game w/Orff arrangement

Other ideas

I LOVE teaching about minor keys and this has such a great descending line with the last 5 notes-mi, re, do, ti, la. It’s so fun to play in D minor with a simple D bordun on BX and other instruments playing the last five notes on A, G, F, E, and D.

Take a fun poem for a B section and you’ve got a performance piece!

There have been schools where I didn’t talk about Halloween and so my new lyrics were: Pass the pumpkin all around, listen to that pumpkin sound. Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, pumpkin time is here!

Written in 2/4

Springtime Version

My mystery song (only the rhythm to go on) today was Pass the Pumpkin. When they figured out that it was Pass the Pumpkin, they were challenged with creating a spring version of this fall song. “Pass the twister all around. Listen to that whirling sound. Oo, oo, oo, oo. Tornado season is here.” Then I drew the tornado on the tennis ball and we played the game.

Let’s Get This Game Started

A music-themed version of this popular ice breaker!

Print the 1 through 30 numbered sheets and cut into strips. Give each student a strip making sure that the numbers are in random order so students don’t know the order of the responses. If you have fewer than 30 students, give a couple of students two strips. If you have more than 30 students, have a few participate with a partner.

I spelled the syllables the way I thought students would have the greatest chance of pronouncing correctly. (doe instead of do, ray instead of re, etc.) If you’d like to spell them the traditional way or make any other changes, feel free to do it in the downloadable Word doc.

Here’s a Word doc download where you can use “as is” or make changes.

C, F, G7, and Am Songs

On this page: C, F, G7, Am songs
  • Stand By Me, Brown-Eyed Girl, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride

Blooket game on identifying the chords C, F, G7, C7, and Am from diagrams and images of fingers. My kids LOVE this game.

(No login needed for students, just click “join a game” and it will take you to the game pin screen. Teachers need to create a free account.)

Stand By Me

Brown-Eyed Girl

Have You Ever Seen the Rain

Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride

Next Ukulele Page for You: Ultimate Ukulele Chords That Take You Beyond the Basics

WITH—–How to Play G video
Songs: Columbia, Mi Encanto (C, F, G), Earth Day (C, F, Am, G), Walking On Sunshine (C, F, G), Let It Be (C, F, G, Am), Bring U Down (G, F, Am, Dm), Another Brick In the Wall (C, Dm, F, G) Counting Stars (C, F, G, Am, Dm), Someone You Loved (C, G, Am, F, Dm), If I Didn’t Love You (F, G, Am, C), You Belong With Me (G, D, Am, C) MORE COMING SOON-THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS.