Lesson 8
The Water Song
Learning Outcomes & Assessment Tools
Time
Resources
Curricular Integration
Handouts
Music
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Lesson 8:
Music
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Sing and play classroom
repertoire. (A1)
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Represent personal thoughts,
images and feelings
experienced in classroom
repertoire. (A2)
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Sing simple songs. (B2)
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Respond to specific aspects of
music work or performance.
(D2)
Optional
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Appropriate use of classroom
instruments. (B5)
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Demonstrate appropriate
performance skills in a range
of music settings. (D1)
60 minutes
Educator’s Kits, including
hardcopy lesson plans and
support materials, are available
for loan through the CRD and
SD 61, 62 and 63. For pickup
locations, print-friendly materials
and multimedia tools see
www.crd.bc.ca/teacher or
contact the CRD at 250.474.9684.
The Water Song
Purpose
In this lesson, students listen to a water conservation song, “Drip, Drip,
Drop”. Option to learn and perform.
Preparation
1. Set up the audio equipment and the song, and arrange the room so
that students have space to move.
2. Photocopy “Drip Drip Drop” lyrics and Assessment Tool “Drip Drip
Drop” (1/student)
Note that this lesson has been designed so that it can be taught by classroom teachers without any music expertise; however, you may wish to enlist the help of a music
specialist teacher, if available.
Procedure
Rhythm Exploration
1. Play the instrumental version of the song (Track 2 on the CD), and
invite students to move around the room in response to the music.
Repeat two or three times.
2. Play the recording again, this time asking them to chant along with
the music (select a single word or phrase for all students to chant,
such as “drip drip” or “water water”). Alternatively, students can
use rhythm instruments, clapping or body percussion to respond
rhythmically to the music (e.g., creating rhythmic ostinati).
3. Next, play the vocal version of the song recording (Track 1 on the
CD). Distribute the student handout “Song Lyrics” and play the
recording again while students follow along. As they listen, ask
them to think of actions they could use along with the music. For
example:
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make dripping motions with their hands
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make motions of turning off taps
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make wave motions with arms
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form raindrop shapes with index fingers and thumbs of both
hands.
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Lesson 8: THE WATER SONG
Teacher Resources
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“Drip Drip Drop: Music
Notation”
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Assessment Tool : “Drip Drip
Drop” (1/student)
Student Resources
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Handout “Drip Drip Drop”
lyrics (1/student)
Lesson resources
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Song “Drip Drip Drop” (CD or
electronic file)
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CD player OR computer and
speakers
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Optional: rhythm instruments
Music Actions
After allowing time for exploration, invite student volunteers to share
their actions with the rest of the class. Decide as a class which actions to
use, then play the recording again while students perform the gestures.
Assessment Opportunity
Observe students as they share and decide on the movements and
gestures they will use. Look for evidence that they are respectful of
each other’s contributions.
Thoughts and Feelings
Have students use the student handout “Drip, Drip, Drop” to reflect on
the thoughts and feelings that came to mind as they listened to the
song. To direct their reflections, you may wish to have them begin by
creating their own title for the song.
Assessment Opportunity
Collect students’ completed handouts, and look for evidence that they
are able to make personal connections with the music. Add students’
completed sheets to their Water Portfolios.
Extensions and Adaptations
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Play Track 3 of the CD, which contains a vocal version of the song
without sound effects. Challenge students to create their own sound
effects to perform along with the recording.
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“Drip, Drip, Drop” music notation is written in the key corresponding
to the audio recording and also in a higher key that may be more
appropriate for student voices at this age.
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Form a longer music unit using the song, incorporating singing,
instruments, movement, etc. and focus on other aspects of the
grade 2 music curriculum, including:
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melodic contour and rhythmic patterns
•
verse-and-chorus form in songs
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purposes for music (i.e., in this case, to deliver a water
conservation message).
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Rehearse and present to parents, other classes, the school or
community.
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Showcase your creativity- submit a video of your class performance
or other project inspired by this song to education@crd.bc.ca.
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Listen to other songs about saving water such as The Saving Water
Song - 2009 Audience Choice Winner- by filmmaker Keith Cantrell of
McPherson.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfQ-_waFZCo
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Curricular Integration
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Dance: Use the recording of the song as the basis for movement exploration activities.
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The song lyrics, along with the recording, can be used as the basis for English language arts lessons.
Activities could include:
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using the recording and the printed lyrics together as a tool to help students read the lyrics
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using the video sing-along of Drip, Drip, Drop as a tool to help students read the lyrics
•
comparing rhyme and metre in music to rhyme and metre in poetry
•
having students write new lyrics for the song.
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Drip, Drip, Drop - Song Lyrics
chorus
rip, drip, drop, save the water
D
Drip, drip, drop, save the water
Every drop counts, don’t waste one
Drip, Drip, Drop
verse 1
When you brush your teeth, be quick
Don’t let the water rush through the sink
When you want to give your body a real good scrub
Just take a shower don’t fill the tub
chorus
rip, drip, drop, save the water
D
Drip, drip, drop, save the water
Every drop counts, don’t waste one
Drip, Drip, Drop
verse 2
T he water you drink from the reservoir
Was here before the dinosaur
It falls from the sky as drops of rain
We drink it, and flush it, and use it again
chorus
rip, drip, drop, save the water
D
Drip, drip, drop, save the water
Every drop counts, don’t waste one
Drip, Drip, Drop
verse 3
ashing your hands is easy to do
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Put water in the sink and use a plug too
Use lots of soap. Give them a rub
(ALTERNATIVE WORDING - REPLACE “LOTS OF SOAP” WITH “SOME”)
Don’t let the water run while you scrub
chorus
rip, drip, drop, save the water
D
Drip, drip, drop, save the water
Every drop counts, don’t waste one
Drip, Drip, Drop
verse 4
e share the water with animals and fish
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If they could talk, they’d have one wish
Please use the water carefully
So there will be some left for me
chorus
rip, drip, drop, save the water
D
Drip, drip, drop, save the water
Every drop counts, don’t waste one
Drip, Drip, Drop
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Drip, Drip, Drop
Name:
Date:
What did the song make you feel or think about?
Name:
Date:
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Drip, Drip, Drop - Music Notation, C Minor
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