Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Way up High in the Apple Tree

Welcome back to More with Music!
As mentioned in yesterday's post, today I'm sharing a song about apples!

As I searched the web in early September, I found that there are many songs about apples.  I knew I wanted to incorporate a counting aspect within a song and I specifically wanted to incorporate apples at the beginning of the fall season.  As I searched and brainstormed, I came across a poem I've read many times before.  The author is unknown.

Way up high in an apple tree
Two little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came two apples.  Mmmm, they were good!

I really liked this poem and found many versions of it.  Many students I work with are working on rote counting and 1:1 correspondence.  I decided to approach this song with that in mind.  I also added a jazzy feel to it to give it some variety.  

When using this song, I give the students egg shakers.  We use one hand to count apples (1-5) and with each verse, we count and show how many apples are in the tree.  Then, at the end of each verse, we "shake" the apples.  The students have really enjoyed this one and I've enjoyed hearing several students really get in to the jazzy sound of it.

As always, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

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