What you will need: A pen & paper
What you will need: Paper and a pen as usual, and lots of creativity.
Your mission this half-term week is to write your own new lyrics to the tunes of popular short songs that we all know. The tricky part is to make your new lyrics fit with the rhythm of the melody. Just substitute your new words for the original words of the song but remember to keep the original tune.
The themes and ideas are for you to decide – anything goes, but try and make them as different from the original words as possible. Please post your ideas as I’d love to see what you come up with.
Row, row, row your boat
Gently Down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
One for the master, one for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.
London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.
Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?
It’s raining; it’s pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head,
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.
* See if you can sing all your new short songs through in one go as if they were the different sections in one song. Make up your own structure – decide which short song will be the Chorus and which will be the Verses. Maybe you could even make one into a Bridge or Pre-Chorus? See what works best for you, or you could try the structure out-lined below:
Note: Some people call the names of the different sections different things but they all make sense.
What you will need: paper and a pen
Write a limerick a day.
What is a limerick? A limerick is a short and funny nonsense poem. There are 5 lines in total. Lines 1 and 2 must rhyme, lines 3 and 4 must rhyme and the 5th line must rhyme with lines 1 and 2. The poem has a strong sense of rhythm like the lyrics in a song. I have written an example limerick below to show you how it goes.
There was an old man from Bahrain
Who flew up to France on a plane
But he sat on a pin
And cried what a sin
So next time he flew down to Spain
I will provide you with the first line of the limerick for each day of this week . I want to see how bizarre and comical you can make them sound. Upload yours in the comment section below to show-off and compare your creative and crazy limerick lyrics.
Monday: There was a mad man called Liar
Tuesday: I met a pink pig from the farm
Wednesday: I have many of sweets that are red
Thursday: The roof-tops are covered in honey
Friday: There was a young girl at the church
Saturday: There was a young boy made of candy
Sunday: See if you can make a different tune up for each limerick and sing them to your friends and family.
Have fun and come back for another fun activity next week.
What you will need: a pen or pencil, a note pad or a piece of paper and lots of things to read.
On each day of this week you have to pick up a different book, article or magazine.
You must pick one word from each sentence that you read and write them down next to each other – stringing together a completely new sentence. See how many new words you can learn this week and compare with your friends.
Each sentence that you start must begin on a new line – like the lines of lyrics in a song.
The structure of the song will be in 6 parts (1 for each day of the week apart from Sunday – this will be a catch up or rest day), so aim to write between 2 and 5 sentences per section/per day.
This is your mission, but you must check which day you are on in order to follow the instruction for that section. Make sure to give a Title to your song – this will depend on what your song ends up being about.
Monday [Section 1]: The lines that you write today must make no sense at all.
Tuesday [Section 2]: The lines that you write today must all start with the same letter (who knows what this is called?) For example – Seven Sizzling Sausages Sprayed Silly Sam. If you cannot find a word in the next sentence that begins with the same letter then skip to the next sentence.
Wednesday [Section 3]: The lines that you write today must sound as silly and funny as possible.
Thursday[Section 4]: The lines that you write today must be as serious as possible.
Friday [Section 5]: The lines that you write today must make perfect sense!
Saturday [Section 6]: You may pick your favourite days instruction to complete the final lines of what will probably now sound like a crazy nonsense song.
What you have learned: Hopefully a lot of new words and phrases that you can use for future song-writing.
I hope you had lots of fun completing this first Song Attack mission this week. Why don’t you now try and make up a tune for each section of the song and sing it in whatever order you like to your friends and family. I will be back with a new game for next week.
If you have any questions then leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you.