Literature Lesson: There Were Ten On The Sled

Ten On The Sled

It’s January, which means it’s cold.  REALLY cold!  The last couple of weeks I have woken up to temperatures in the negatives.  NEGATIVE NUMBERS PEOPLE!  We’re talking so cold that your body practically shuts down when you walk out the front door.  Anyway, because of the wonderful weather we’ve been experiencing here in Utah I felt that the first lesson on Music MAYhem should be Ten on the Sled based on the book by Kim Norman & Liza Woodruff.

I found this book last winter while walking through Barnes & Noble.  Okay, who am I kidding, I never walk through Barnes & Noble.  I spend HOURS in Barnes & Noble!  Particularly in the kids section!  My poor husband doesn’t even like going to Barnes & Nobel with me anymore.  He knows better.  Anyway, I digress.  So I found this little gem on a display in the kids section and knew instantly I had to have it!  Like many I have used the song There Were Ten In the Bed in my classroom many times with great success and this book takes that song one step further.

Okay, so before you download the lesson I am going to be honest and say that I have only used this song with kindergarten, so instead of using the full Orff arrangement I taught the descending glockenspiel part on resonator bells and the hand drum part.  In the arrangement I have the students play on the name of the character that falls out of the sled, which would be ideal, but with kindergarteners it’s a little easier to let them play on the word out or on the rest just after so you can take your pick.  I definitely think that this lesson is appropriate for K-2nd grades depending on which elements you use.

As far as acting it out, make sure you allow for enough time for all of the students to be on the sled, they’ll definitely want to!  I used an empty wardrobe box as the sled.  I simple laid the ugly unfolded thing flat on the ground for the kids to sit on.  Nothing fancy.  At ALL!  You all are welcome to put me to shame though and create a fancy sled using a beach towel, sheet, pillows or whatever else your creative genius comes up with.  Just don’t forget to come back here and share what you did!  I want to hear all about it!

Click Here for Ten On The Sled Lesson Plan

Click Here for Kindergarten Version of Ten In The Sled

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2 Responses to “Literature Lesson: There Were Ten On The Sled”

  1. Kim Norman says:

    What an adorable and innovative lesson, Brittany! I’m honored you chose my book to share with your students. I have various links to lesson plans on my website. Do you mind if I add your link to my Ten on the Sled lesson links? Regards,

    Kim Norman

  2. Britt says:

    Hi Kim! Thanks for visiting Music Mayhem! You are more than welcome to link to the lesson plan for ‘There Were Ten On The Sled!’ Thank you for writing such a wonderful book!

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