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   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 2: Music


  • A Hymn for the Classroom (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson introduces students to hymn singing and allows them to participate as singers in the choir and as accompanists in the bell choir.

  • A Place for Me in the Field of Music (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students listen to interviews with career musicians. Students work in groups to present to classmates the life, music, inspiration, and goals of a favorite composer, performer, or group.

  • Bounce & Sing Introduction (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity is performed at the beginning of the school to introduce students to classmates and the teacher.

  • Composer of the Month (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In order to keep music alive in the schools, we need to validate our class. What better way to do that than to intergrate social studies and writing into the Music Class?

  • Dance with Me (Authored by Diane Weiner.)

  • Subject(s): Dance, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students create a simple dance that illustrates the changes in rhythm in a song.

  • Digital Waterworks (Authored by Sharon Schubert.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students add digitally-produced, water sound effects to a song, using electronic keyboards.

  • Dressing the Blues (Authored by Dorothy Sheldon.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Dressed for Blues Day, fifth grade students improvise a Blues melody choosing from these notes, G,Bb,B,D,or E, using xylophones and/or block flutes.

  • Fiddlin' Around (Authored by Sandra Rosengren.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson students learn to play open strings on the violin, viola, cello, and bass using proper bow technique while playing "Twelve Bar Blues" in the key of D.

  • Fun with Form (Authored by Debbie Reynolds.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Your students will successfully identify basic ABA form in a song after this fast-paced lesson, which uses simple activities and appeals to their various learning styles.

  • Get into the Groove with Style (Authored by Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Style! Style! Style! Your students will identify four styles of music that are exciting and fun to learn. They will learn Classical, Rock, Jazz, and Caribbean music.

  • Get Ready for FCAT with Music in Our Schools Month! (Authored by Anissa Sanz.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson encourages the integration of writing skills with music during Music in Our Schools Month, which is in March. Afterwards, the smiles on the students' faces when they see their essays displayed around school is reward enough.

  • How Do I Measure Up? (Intermediate Grades) (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity allows students to compare the relationship between meter in music and measurement in math.

  • Listen Up (Authored by Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Having a great ear is a skill that must be constantly exercised. This lesson allows your students to enhance their listening skills while giving them the opportunity to lead the class in a Play and Echo Game.

  • Meter Readers Turned Composers (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn to interpret time signatures/meter, and then compose eight measures of music in the meter they select.

  • Move Over, Beethoven (Authored by Martha Stanley.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students, in small groups, create an ABA introductory composition using various, student-chosen sound sources. Student self-assessment opportunities are available.

  • Our Anthem (Authored by Jill Taylor.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In honor of the Olympics, students learn some national anthems of the world. They use the melody of “America/My Country 'tis of Thee” to cooperatively brainstorm and write their own town or school anthem.

  • Pies and Rhythms (Authored by Robert Cox.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn to use different types of pies to recognize and notate rhythms in standard notation. The students use popsicle sticks to illustrate rhythms clapped by someone else.

  • Rock the Rocky Road (Authored by Sharon Hardy.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students independently perform an accompaniment on a barred instrument using appropriate techniques such as mallet control, keeping a steady beat, and attention to tempo and conductor.

  • Simple Melody (Authored by Susan Dane.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students write out the rhythm to a song using stick notation.

  • Sing As One (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Prepare students for district festival, all-state, competitions, or even singing the two-part songs performed in the World's Largest Concert by rehearsing with recorded music featuring their parts played alone, progressing to students singing their parts accapella and, finally, performing with other parts in an ensemble with piano accompaniment.

  • The Composer's Blueprint (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students recognize AB and ABA form in music and distinguish between these two forms. Students also learn the meaning of tempo and how to perform accents in written music.

  • Two by Two Guitars! (Authored by Sandra Rosengren.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn to play three simple chords on guitar while singing American folk songs.

  • Watch Your Conductor Like a Hawk (Authored by Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Stop students from burying their heads in the music and their eyes away from the conductor. This lesson uses a music sheet to isolate the musical elements of tempo, balance, and blend while having the students focus their eyes on the teacher.

  • What Is My Family Name? (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Can you hear with your ears what you have seen performed? In this lesson students listen to selected solo instruments and place the instrument in its correct family of instruments. Students also identify from listening examples: orchestra, band, vocal solo, and choral performance.

  • You Can Play It (Authored by Roberto Gonzalez-Trigo.)

  • Subject(s): Music (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Diversity! Do you want your students to be able to perform on different instruments and have fun doing so? This lesson will give young musicians the foundation needed to appreciate the wonderful rainbow of sonic timbres.

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