The Fire Truck

Things to Review
3rds on Lines and in Spaces
Two Eighth Notes

Whatʼs New
f and p

As we begin to read 3rds in the bass staff, we also learn about playing loudly and softly, and the signs that tell us to do so. Notice in the call-out how the “f“, “forte”, and “loud” are aligned vertically to show their connection. (Same with p, piano, soft on the next line.)

This is a wonderful opportunity to use the lyrics to help create the sound we want in the music. We can use the images in the lyrics to motivate students to play loudly or softly. For example, if a student does not quite play softly enough on the second line, rather than just telling them to play softer, you might say something like “I think your fire truck could sound farther away”.

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