Jingle Bells Parachute Play



Jingle Bells Parachute Play

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4

Equipment:Parachute, recording of the song “Jingle Bells” I use a projector with the song playing.  Grade: K-2
Purpose of Event: Rhythmic awareness and listening skills
Time: 15- 20 minutes
Introduction: First, play and sing the song so students can focus on hearing it.  Then have students sit around the parachute and wait for instructions before they pick it up.  Note that the activity today will require them to perform a “pattern” according to the beats of the music.

Jingle Bells Parachute Play: Have students grip the parachute.  Introduce each of the movements without the music (demonstrate each, singing or saying the words while performing the movement).  Once you have them,  put them together and add the music!

Chorus line 1: “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…”

Movement line 1: Lift parachute slowly up, slowly drop down, slowly lift up, slowly drop down.

Chorus line 2: “Oh what fun it is to rid in a one horse open sleigh, heh!”

Movement line 2: Fast shakes!

Verse 1: “Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, over the fields we go, laughing all the way, HaHaHa…”

Movement verse 1: Students slide to the right.

Verse 2: “Bells on bobtails ring, making spirits bright, oh what fun it is to sing a sleighing song tonight!”

Movement verse 2: Slide to the left.

Repeat the sequence a number of times.

Concerns: Move safely around parachute and do not “pull” on parachute.
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Parachute (General)

Parachute (General)

State Standard: 1, 3, & 4

Equipment: Parachute large enough for all to hold, music
Grade: K-2
Purpose of Event: Movement, teamwork, Upper body strength
Time: 10 minutes (each activity)

Shake; Lift; Lift and walk in; walk in circle; Mountain/Mushroom (lift and tuck down edges); tent (lift, tuck inside); Popcorn (shake with balls); Wave (lift and let go, run to walls); Color Switch (lift and switch colors); Shark (2-3 taggers under); 

Hold: the chute with both hands and roll the edge toward the center 2-3 times so that  you get a better grip. If the chute has handles, place two hands on the handle.  

Grips: 1. Overhand grip: grip the edge of the chute with the palms facing down  2. Underhand grip: grip the edge of the chute with palms up  3. Cross-over grip: cross the arms and grip the edge of the chute over handed  4. Alternating grip: overhand grip with one hand and underhand with other

Ripples: Shake gently       Waves: Shake harder

Merry-Go-Round: (One hand on the chute)  1.  Right hand: walk forward CW; quickly, backwards, parachute up and down   2. Left hand: Jog CCW; Skip, gallop, hop, side-step, jump; change directions


Concerns: Moving safe in general space.
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