For those of you who don’t know the chant, here it is:
Connie, Connie in the tub,
She forgot to use the plug!
Oh my goodness! Oh my soul!
There goes Connie, down the hole!
To revisit the chant in Year 1 I decided to change it up a little bit and set the chant using a simple solfa melody, alternating between so & mi (ss, mm, ss, m etc…) and on the last word ‘hole’ finished on a ‘do.’
So to change things up a bit I went & bought a sink plug from a $2 shop! I decided to play the beat passing game very similar to Apple Tree (depending on how you play!).
The Game: Students stand in a circle and pass the plug on the beat. When the plug landed on the student with the word ‘hole’ they can improvise their very own Connie vocalisation ‘oooo’ down the hole.
The students absolutely loved playing this game and it is a great way to practice passing the beat & encourage solo improvisation. As my preps are new to beat passing we played the game sitting down. They did a great job to pass the plug around the circle, eventually as they get better I will more than likely play the game standing up.
The year 1’s loved it so much I will more than likely refer to it later on in the year & set the chant using so-mi-la (ss, ll, ss, m etc…) and see if the students can recognise how the song was altered (with the addition of la).
To add a new dimension to the chant I have created some posters, individual flashcards & worksheets that I use primarily with ELC & Prep students. You can download from here
Hope you enjoy and if you get the chance please rate my resource!