I love building lessons around children's literature and finding ways that I can incorporate folk songs with them. Some of the books I choose are based on a song, such as "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" that I sing to the students, and others are not based on a song, but I find ways to add instruments or incorporate a folk song on some of the page turns. It can be a great way to introduce a song because they get a lot of listening repetitions of the song and by the end of the story book, you can often invite them to join in and sing on the page turns.
Here is a great one for January when all we really want to do is hibernate until summer.
Here are two different songs I like to use with this book depending on the grade level/concept we are working on. I simply sing the song on the page turns or every few page turns if I am running short on time.
Grizzly Bear is perfect for if you are preparing or practicing Loud/Soft in kindergarten:
Later in the lesson or on another day you could expand upon this song with rhythm visuals at the board.
This slide comes from my "Grizzly Bear" song file. Find it here.
"Frosty Weather" - You could use this song when preparing re or even practicing ta and tit.
Visuals for "Frosty Weather" can be found here.
Before you rush to Amazon, Ebay or West Music to purchase this book, you might see if your school library already owns it or if any of the primary teachers have it in their classroom library. They are often happy to let you borrow it for a short time if they are not using it that week, and they get really excited to find out that you are incorporating books into your lessons!
What is your favorite children's book to use in the music room in January? Let me know if the comments below!