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   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 1: Music


  • 12 Days of Christmas (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Theater (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is a fun and creative way to explore the 12 Days of Christmas. This lesson reinforces numerical order, repetition within a song, and group effort. It’s also very cute to see the creative ways the students “become” the 12 Days of Christmas. Composition with instruments is also involved.

  • At the Corral (Authored by Sandra Rosengren.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: "Down at the ranch" students learn dotted eighth/sixteenth note rhythm pattern using percussion instruments and alternating from "corral to corral" in groups of 4-6. They play the pattern while listening to selected American western theme songs.

  • Buggy Beats (Authored by Deborah Supe.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students have an opportunity to use both creative and logical sides of the brain by developing an understanding that ALL words have a logical, patterned rhythm of their own, and by being able to create and perform their own unique musical compositions.

  • Chairs That Speak Rhythm (Authored by Marguerite Schmitzer.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using chairs to visualize beats, this lesson introduces the concepts of whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes to second graders.

  • Chasing Peter's Wolf (Authored by Sharon Hardy.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to Prokoviev's Peter and the Wolf, relate the story to the music and identify instruments and their representative characters. Students learn that music communicates events and images that help the listener to better understand a story.

  • Five Little Pumpkins (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to play rhythm instruments as part of a rhythm band to accompany the well-known poem, "Five Little Pumpkins." They learn instrument names, playing techniques, and playing at the appropriate time. Students learn how to perform a vocal solo.

  • Flowers Growing Through Music, Rhymes & Movement (Authored by Beth Delmar.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Begin with a traditional singing rhyme, which leads us to "plant" seeds in the ground. From there, we experience the growing process of a seed becoming a flower as it is exposed to the sun, rain, wind, day and night, and "tickling" bees.

  • Goldilocks and the Bears Make Their Pitch (Authored by Elizabeth Roederer.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story of [Goldilocks and the Three Bears] and identify the pitch of the bears' voices as high, medium, and low. Students improvise on xylophones a melody to accompany the bears in the telling of the story.

  • Green, Green, Green (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Dance, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson travels around the world celebrating St. Patty’s Day and all things green! First, we start of in Ireland and travel our way down to Mexico for some green guacamole. Students will learn dances from the two places.

  • Hey Good Looking, What You Got Cooking? (Authored by Diane Weiner.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students perform a song and skit to illustrate how music can be used to communicate movement. .

  • I Have a Little Pony (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Dance, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Primary students will be introduced to barred percussion instruments learning to play simple bordun patterns to express the way a pony moves.

  • Introduction to Call and Response (Authored by Latoya McCormick.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to, sing, and dramatize call and response songs. They deomonstrate expressive singing in performing call and response while moving and playing instruments.

  • Let's Play (Authored by Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In order for students to read music, they must be able to recognize and perform individual notes and patterns. Watch students' faces for pure enjoyment as they demonstrate patterns aurally through hand/body movements, visually through manipulatives, and finally perform them on instruments.

  • Let's Play Again (Authored by Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Expression is an important element in music. This lesson plan will enable students to familiarize themselves with basic variances in dynamics and tempo, and later perform them on instruments. The lesson will conclude with review activities.

  • Listen, Look, and Move! (Authored by Michele Dawn Manieri.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Physical Education (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson presents a personalized, interactive socialization song-game in which students sing and move to a familiar melody.

  • Make Your Own Musical Instrument (Authored by Robert Coursey.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create paper straw instruments to produce a sound and discover changes in tone or pitch in relation to length of the straw.

  • Music's Speed Zone (Authored by Elizabeth Roederer.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students relate tempo in music to the story of the “Tortoise and The Hare.”

  • Quit Playing Games on My Chart (Authored by Diane Weiner.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students correctly identify an instrument or family of instruments after listening to a taped excerpt of the instrument being played.

  • Rhythmic Travel Around The World (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Music, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students accompany songs from various countries on rhythm sticks. The CD used in this plan is -Multicultural Rhythm Stick Fun- -Kimbo Educational. (see Weblink)

  • Sing that Tune (Authored by 2301.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: A formative activity to encourage listening skills and matching tones. The students work toward singing a musical passage without accompaniment and maintaining the tonal center.

  • Skin & Bones (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Theater (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students act out the story and play instruments to accompany a spooky song.

  • Small and Tall (Authored by Sharon Hardy.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students demonstrate pitch direction by using movement and visual representation.

  • Sounds You See, Hear, and Feel (Authored by Michele Dawn Manieri.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students explore and experiment making sound wave vibrations on various musical instruments and common objects. The will also compare/contrast, demonstrate, and describe actions that cause sound wave vibrations which can be seen, heard, and/or felt.

  • The Sorcerer and You (Authored by Sharon Hardy.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will become familiar with The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the tone poem written by Paul Dukas. They will identify instruments (bassoon) and understand how music can communicate ideas suggesting events, feelings, and moods.

  • Which One is Forte and Which One is Piano? (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Foreign Language, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In order to know if your students know the difference between forte (loud) and piano (soft), this is a good assessment lesson to do. The students have fun and are tested on what they have learned at the same time.

  • You’ve Got My Money! (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is best done around Halloween time but it can be done with any story that has a repetitive section. Students will recall Orff instrument families and specific instruments so that they can put sound “effects” to certain words in a scary story to make it more interesting. Not only does this reinforce knowledge of the different instruments and their families (i.e. Woods, Skins/Membranes, Metals, Shakers/Scrapers), it also helps them listen for repetiveness within a story.

  • Your Song (Authored by Diane Weiner.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create an instrument to demonstrate their understanding of how the science of vibrations is used to create sounds.

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