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Holiday Lesson: On the First Day of Christmas...

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Subjects

Arts & Humanities

  • Language Arts
  • Dance, Music
  • Visual Arts
Educational Technology

Mathematics

  • Applied Math
  • Arithmetic
Social Studies
  • Holidays
Grades
  • Pre K
  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

"On the first day of Christmas my teacher gave to me plus more "Twelve Days.. lessons!

Objectives

Students will
  • listen to a recording of "The Twelve Days of Christmas.
  • work on their own, in small groups, or as a class to write their own version of the song that begins with the words "On the first day of Christmas, my teacher gave to me
  • share their work with classmates.
  • publish their versions of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in book form.
  • do some other lessons based on the song (optional, links to lessons provided).

Keywords

Christmas, song, music

Materials Needed

  • recording of "The Twelve Days of Christmas (Internet sources provided)
  • art supplies for creating books of students versions of the song

Lesson Plan

Begin the lesson by playing a recording of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

If you do not have a recording available, download the song from the Web at 12days.com or Christmas Music.

When you have students' full attention, introduce this lesson, in which students rewrite the popular "The Twelve Days of Christmas" beginning with the line "On the first day of Christmas, my teacher gave to me..."

Students might work on their own, in small groups, or the entire class might brainstorm new lyrics.

  • If students work on their own, bring them together to share their work. Invite students to vote for the best "gifts" to include in a class version of the song. Or, if you have about 24 students, write two versions of the song! Then have each child illustrate one page and create two books based on the students' lyrics.
  • If students work in small groups, each group can use their lyrics to create a book.

More Twelve Days Lessons and Resources

Lesson Plans

Assessment

Students perform the version(s) of the song that they created!

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Music


NA-M.K-4.8NA-M.K-4.9
  • GRADES K - 4
  • Singing, Alone and With Others, a Varied Repertoire of Music
    Understanding Relationships Between Music, Other Arts, and Disciplines Outside the Arts
    Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

NA-M.5-8.1NA-M.5-8.8NA-M.5-8.9
  • GRADES 5 - 8
  • Singing, Alone and With Others, a Varied Repertoire of Music
    Understanding Relationships Between Music, Other Arts, and Disciplines Outside the Arts
    Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

NA-M.9-12.1NA-M.9-12.8NA-M.9-12.9
  • GRADES 9 - 12
  • Singing, Alone and With Others, a Varied Repertoire of Music
    Understanding Relationships Between Music, Other Arts, and Disciplines Outside the Arts
    Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1NA-VA.K-4.3NA-VA.K-4.6
  • GRADES K - 4
  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

NA-VA.5-8.1NA-VA.5-8.3NA-VA.5-8.6
  • GRADES 5 - 8
  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

NA-VA.9-12.1NA-VA.9-12.3NA-VA.9-12.6
  • GRADES 9 - 12
  • Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
NL-ENG.K-12.12
  • GRADES K - 12
  • Applying Language Skills
MATHEMATICS: Connections
NM-CONN.PK-12.3
  • GRADES Pre-K - 12
  • Recognize and Apply Mathematics in Contexts Outside of Mathematics
TECHNOLOGY
NT.K-12.1NT.K-12.4
  • GRADES K - 12
  • Basic Operations and Concepts
    Technology Communications Tools

See more lessons and resources from Education World at our December Holidays Around the World Web page.

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