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Today, I’m sharing some books for fall that are perfect for sound stories. If you’re unfamiliar with a sound story, it’s basically taking some sort of story (maybe a poem or book) and adding music to retell the story.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
This story was a first grade favorite in my music classroom! The story is really funny for first graders. I always start by letting my students know it’s not actually a scary story, because I know what I would have been thinking as a first grader. If they know it’s supposed to be funny, they’ll be able to enjoy it more the first time.
Here’s what you’ll do to create your one of a kind sound story:
- Read the story with children just listening
- Ask them to name the different characters in the book (they are unusual).
- Decide which instruments should represent each character.
- Read the story again, adding instruments for each character (you can say their sounds, too, or just play)
- If more than one child, you can switch instruments and continue
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves
This story is along the same lines as the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. It was fun at school for the students to see a new book for each season. I love any chance to get out my puppet.
You can sing through this book, using the same tune used for the original book. You can also add instruments for each item the old lady eats in the story. Everyone will have lots of opportunities to perform, as this book repeats the items several times (it’s cumulative)! If you don’t have an old lady puppet, there are lots of cute tutorials online like this one. You can also draw or print out pictures of the different things she ate. Don’t forget to get some real leaves from your yard, if you have some available!