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Let Us Chase the Squirrel



Adding the second (re) to the tonic triad and practicing the ascending minor third mi/so.

  • GradeFirst (1)
  • Origin: North Carolina Game Song, United States
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti ti | ta ta | ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: beginners: do re mi so
  • Intervals: beginners: mi/so (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rests: quarter; running eighth notes, ascending minor third
  • Key Words: geography: United States, North Carolina, game song, squirrel, climb, catch, up/down, tree, game song, animals, contraction: hick’ry (hickory)


Version One: Facing students join hands to form a tree. Each tree has a student representing a squirrel in their limbs, one lone squirrel is not in the trees. Students sing the song and raise their arms at the end. All squirrels run to another tree before the limbs fall. There will be one squirrel left out each time.

Version Two: Students form a circle with one student on the outside holding a scarf/tail. All students sing while the squirrel circles tapping another student and dropping his tail at the end of the song. Chosen student and squirrel run in opposite directions to claim the open spot. The winner joins the singing circle and the game continues.

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