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Lesson Plans:
The following pages include information that will assist teachers in using Joe's songs to enhance instruction in the classroom. Sample lesson plans are included and are intended to stimulate the teachers imagination. Remember, these lesson plans are only samples. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your own creativity and vision.

Each lesson relates to a unit of study and includes the following components:

Stimulus


promotes interest in the topic.

Activity


introduces the information or skill.

Follow-up


offers a chance for the student to demonstrate understanding or practice the skill.

Evaluation


an activity that allows the teacher to check progress and understanding.

The lesson plan design is based on a format used in Learning to Use Written Language by Iris M. Tiedt and Nora G. Ho (Fearon Teacher Aids).

 

UNIT TOPIC: SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Listen to: ""First Day" (Even Trolls Have Moms).

Song: ""First Day" (Even Trolls Have Moms)

A - Brainstorm the kinds of feelings that students have about the first day of school.

 

F - List their feelings on a chart:
happy, neutral, and sad faces

Feelings Chart

E - Students will draw a picture to tell about the first day of school.

paper and crayons


Other Related Song Titles:

"Wiggle in My Toe" (Late Last Night)
"Ants In My Pants" (Late Last Night)


UNIT TOPIC: RESPONSIBILITY
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Listen to: "Inappropriate" (Even Trolls Have Moms).

Discuss the meaning of "appropriate" and "inappropriate".

Song: "Inappropriate" (Even Trolls Have Moms)

A - Have students brainstorm "appropriate" and "inappropriate" behavior. Write responses on a chart:

    appropriate     inappropriate

chart

F - Give the students situations to act out that are examples of "appropriate" and "inappropriate" behavior. Let the other students guess the situation and decide whether it is "appropriate" or "inappropriate".

situation cards

E - Listen to students' responses.

 


Other Related Song Titles:

"Even Trolls Have Moms" (Even Trolls Have Moms)
"Twilight Zone Home" (Even Trolls Have Moms)
"By the Way" (Deep in the Jungle)
"The Other Shoe" (Late Last Night)
"What Do They Do With the Children?" (Late Last Night)
"Bathtub Blues" (Bahamas Pajamas)


UNIT TOPIC: SLEEP / DREAMS / NIGHTMARES
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Listen to: "Under Your Bed" (Traffic Jams).

Song: "Under Your Bed" (Traffic Jams)

A - Ask students if they ever imagined that something was under their beds. Discuss.

Read: My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins or Things by Judith Viorst.

Book: My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins or Things by Judith Viorst

F - Let students complete the sentence:
My mama says there aren't any _________________ under my bed.

student response forms

E - Bind student responses together to make a class book.

 


Other Related Song Titles:

"Where Angels Sleep" (Even Trolls Have Moms)
"Talking Toy Box" (Even Trolls Have Moms)
"Evening Breeze Lullaby" (Traffic Jams)
"Take a Nap" (Bahamas Pajamas)
"Gingerbread Man" (Bahamas Pajamas)
"Bahamas Pajamas" (Bahamas Pajamas)


UNIT TOPIC: GRANDPARENTS / THE ELDERLY
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Listen to: "Grandmas and Grandpas" (Deep in the Jungle).

Song: "Grandmas and Grandpas" (Deep in the Jungle)

A - Read: When I Go Visiting by Ann and Harlow Rockwell.

Book: When I Go Visiting by Ann and Harlow Rockwell

F - Set up a special time for grandparents or an elderly friend to come and visit the class. Let the students interview the guests.

Arrange for guests.

E - Have the students compare their homes and way of life with that of their grandparent(s) or other elderly person.

 


Other Related Song Titles:

"Flying 'Round the Mountain" (Even Trolls Have Moms)
"Grandma's Sleeping in My Bed Tonight" (Late Last Night)


UNIT TOPIC: COOKING
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Ask students to tell the meaning of "mix" and "recipe". Listen to: "Grape Jelly Cure" (Late Last Night).

Song: "Grape Jelly Cure" (Late Last Night)

A - With the students' help, write out the "recipe" for the "Grape Jelly Cure".

large recipe card

F - Use a "recipe" to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

recipe and ingredients for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

E - Students will dictate a "recipe" for a favorite dish. Send home copies.

paper and crayons


Other Related Song Titles:

"Nuke It" (Even Trolls Have Moms)
"Green Peas" (Deep in the Jungle)
"Peas Porridge Hot" (Bahamas Pajamas)
"Pat-a-Cake" (Traffic Jams)


UNIT TOPIC: RHYMING WORDS
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Play: "The Name Game". Say a student's name but change the beginning sound. (Students will think this is funny!)

Song: "Bahamas Pajamas" (Bahamas Pajamas)

A - Listen to: "Bahamas Pajamas" (Bahamas Pajamas). Discuss.

 

F - Have students complete the sentence:
I said ____________ but you thought I said ____________.

student response form

E - Review the students' responses to check for understanding.

 


Other Related Song Titles:

"Aunt Lucy" (Deep in the Jungle)
"Humpty Dumpty" (Bahamas Pajamas)
"Peas Porridge Hot" (Bahamas Pajamas)


UNIT TOPIC: WINTER / SNOW
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Listen to: "In The Freezer" (Traffic Jams).

Song: "In The Freezer" (Traffic Jams)

A - Take crushed ice and build a small snowman. Put it in the freezer. Let students predict what will happen to the snowman while it is in the freezer. Let them predict what will happen when the snowman is removed.

crushed ice

F - Let the students draw a "before and after" picture of the snowman.

paper and crayons

E - Check the students' responses.

 


Other Related Song Titles:

"Raindrops and Lemon Drops" (Traffic Jams)
"Frosty the Snowman" ((Merry Christmas Joe Scruggs)


UNIT TOPIC: BOOKS
A Sample Lesson Materials

S - Listen to: "Read a Book" (Deep in the Jungle).

Song: "Read a Book" (Deep in the Jungle)

A - Read: Simon's Book by Henrick Dresher. Discuss and define the roles of authors and illustrators.

Book: Simon's Book by Henrick Dresher

F - View: Reading Rainbow - Simon's Book

TV, VCR, and tape of Reading Rainbow segment: Simon's Book

E - Let the class make a book. Work together to create and illustrate a storybook.

paper, crayons, markers and other supplies for making a book




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