Basic Book Information
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Nelson, Kadir, illustrator
Book Type: Single Song Title
Grade Level Equivelant:
Lexile Measure: AD270L
DRA Level: 14
Guided Reading Level: H
Book Subject: (Key Words): earth, conservation, theology, religious, spiritual
Book Description: This is a multicultural retelling of several verses in "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands.
Book Illustrations: The illustrations are phenomenal in this book and are great for reading to students as they are bold and easy to see. The illustrations are very realistic.
Read Aloud Adjustments: The one reading the book aloud needs to be familiar with the song as the text in the book is only printed once rather than in a repetitive mimic of the song.
Book Description – Single Song Title – Folk Songs
Song Type: Folk Song
Song Title: He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
Source 1: Heritage Songster
Source 2: The Great Family Songbook
Comparison of book and folk song: The version in the book is written in cut time with more syncopation, while the version of the song in the Heritage Songster is in common time with less syncopation. The version in the book is intended to be sung "with spirit" while the version in the Heritage Songster is intended to be sung "with conviction". The version in the Heritage Songster is also in the keys of F, so it is a full fourth higher in voice placement.
Book Description – Notation information:
Description: The notation is in cut time and is intended to be very quick. The syncopation in the book is a little more present than in the Heritage Songster or Great Family Songbook.
Tonality: C Major
Form: Call & Response
Meter: Simple Duple
Rhythm Comments: anacrusis, syncopation
Book Description – Recordings & Media
Independent Recording 1 Type: CD
Independent Recording 1 Description: Price, L. (1997). The essential Leontyne Price: Spirituals, hymns & sacred songs.
Web-based Media 1 Link (URL):
Web-based Media 1 Description: Price, L. (1997). The essential Leontyne Price: Spirituals, hymns & sacred songs.
Kodaly Lesson Ideas
Song Acquisition: YES
Singing Games: YES
Singing Skills: YES
Grade Level: 1st grade - 2nd grade
Idea: Students could take turns being the one who "calls" the verses in the story.
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 1st grade
IDEA: This book could be used to describe the gospel style of singing.
Orff-Schulwerk Lesson Ideas
Speech as Rhythm:
Grade level: 2nd grade - 4th grade
Idea: Students could improvise the "call" part of the song and make up new verses. The class would then respond "in his hands".
Fine Arts Integration Lesson Ideas
Social Studies: YES
Grade level: 1st grade
Idea: Students could sing the song and substitute the words for various places in the world.
Generative Theory of Music Learning Lesson Ideas
Context: song –“He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”
Behavior: Performing - singing
Mode: iconic (image based)
Level of Cognition: medium-level
Grade level: 3rd grade
Idea: With some experience with syncopation, students could be given this book and asked to find the places in the text that might be syncopated or might use a dotted rhythm. They could put a sticky-note over the area of text where they think syncopation occurs.
Social Constructivist Lesson Ideas
Real World Problems: YES
Peer Interaction: YES
Open Ended Products: YES
Embedded Assessment: YES
Grade level: 2nd grade - 3rd grade
Idea: Connections can be made between this song and efforts at sustaining the environment. Students could sing the song and perhaps collaborate to add verses that list ecological systems that are "in his hands".
Grade level: 2nd grade - 3rd grade
Idea: Connections can be made between this song and efforts at sustaining the environment. Students could sing the sing and perhaps collaborate to add verses that list ecological systems that are "in his hands".