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Jelly On A Plate
Episode 528th October 2021 • Doremi Teach • Helen Russell
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Welcome to Episode 5 of the Doremi Teach Podcast with Helen Russell from Doremi Connect. Today we’re going to share a fun rhyme that explores the different voice types.

Jelly on a Plate

This rhyme is really useful for preparing and practising different voice types

  • It uses the speaking voice, singing voice and whispering voice so I use it frequently in the first term when we’re exploring voice types
  • It’s use of the speaking voice also makes it very attractive for teachers who aren’t yet confident using their own singing voices in the classroom, there’s just a bit of singing in one verse
  • The actions change each verse to help our students to feel the form of the rhyme and unconsciously experience the changes in the actions with the voice types
  • The rhythm is really simple and we could also match the action to the pulse although it’s not the main objective of this rhyme and to be honest I get a better imaginary wobble on my jelly with a faster wobble
  • The sung verse has a toneset of mi-so-la and with a small range of a Perfect 4th so even reluctant singers shouldn’t have a problem

The Game

Use a different action and voice for each verse.

For jelly, use your speaking voice and hold an imaginary plate of jelly giving it a good wobble

For sausage, use a louder speaking voice but not shouting. Hold your hand in a fist as if you’re holding the handle of a frying pan, shaking it over the hob

For ghostie, use a whispering voice. Hold your hands in front of you as if you’re under a sheet, like a spooky ghost

For popcorn, using a singing voice. Point your index finger of each hand vertically upwards and move them up and down to represent the popcorn popping.

Feel free to create your own actions, or get the children to choose, but then stay consistent so they feel the security of a game they know.

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