One of our regular goals to try to get some kind of presentation and running by the end of each music class. Today 3rd grade worked with a Grace Nash "setting" of the well known tongue twister "How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck?" In 3rd grade we start to get serious about note reading, and I like to start by focusing on durational value (how long the notes last) before we talk about pitch.
These thrown together in ten minutes performances are rarely polished, but usually rank very high in terms of enthusiasm. See for yourself.