Total Eclipse 2017

Hey there music friends!  The total eclipse of the sun will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017.  I am fortunate to live in the path of totality, so excitement is building in my city.  After participating in several brainstorming sessions in music teacher Facebook groups, I came up with some total eclipse lyrics to the tune of Sally Go 'Round The Sun to use with my students this week. You can find the original song here:

There are several ways you could present this song, depending on the age of your students, and the amount of time that you would like to spend.

Movement Partners

Students begin with a partner, one is the sun and the other is the moon.  Crouch down to begin.  Phrase 1:  Sun stands up with hands outstretched.  Phrase 2:  Moon stands up.  Phrase 3:  Moon moves to stand in front of sun.  Sun should keep hands outstretched so they are visible, as the corona will still be visible during totality of the eclipse.  Phrase 4:  Moon moves to stand beside sun.

Circle "Dance"

Sun & Moon partners stand in a single circle to begin.  Phrase 1:  Suns step 2 steps to center, then back to the circle.  Phrase 2:  Moons begin to walk in a circle around their sun partner.  Phrase 3:  Moons finish their circle and stand in front of suns.  Phrase 4:  Moons move back to their spot.

At this point, you might repeat the dance.  Or, you might consider singing the original version of Sally Go Round the Sun as the "B" section, while students grab hands and walk clockwise around the circle.

Instrument Option

This is the perfect song to begin resting tone accompaniments for your younger students.  Just get out your tone bells and pass out all of the D's to a small group of students.  These children can play on the steady beat, while the others sing and move.  If you don't have tone bells, you could certainly use your Orff instruments, playing either the resting tone or a D-A bordun.

Free Resource

Here is a little PowerPoint that you can use if you would like to do with your students this song all week.  Total Eclipse Piggyback Song - Sally Go 'Round the Sun Free PowerPoint

Let me know how you use this in your classroom!

P.S.  The cute graphics are from Educlips and Messare Clips & Design

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Sally, for these awesome ideas! The kids will love doing some eclipse activities in the music room!