3rd grade

Pokarekare Ana

Lyrics – Māori (Maori folk song) Pōkarekare ana,ngā wai o WaiapuWhiti atu koe hine,marino ana e. RefrainE hine e,hoki mai ra.Ka mate ahauI te aroha e. Tuhituhi taku reta,tuku atu taku rīngi,Kia kite tō iwiraru raru ana e. Refrain Whati ...

Music Program: Ballads

I used this program with 3rd graders. Songs Waltzing Matilda – Unofficial Australian national song The M.T.A. Song (Massachusetts Transit Authority) Away to America by Linda Williams – This song is about the composer’s grandfather, who came to America. In music class, ...

3rd Grade Rhythm / Meter Lessons

Each lesson is 30 minutes long. Lesson 1 Opening Song (hello / welcome songs) School Song (orAmerican patriotic song) – pat steady beat while singing Rules/Announcements (See first day of school) Friendship Song/ Song with Positive Message Lesson 2 Opening Song ...

Sicilian Tarantella – Dance

“Tarantella” is connected to the tarantula. (The words derive from the town of Taranto, Italy.) In the 15th to 17th centuries, it was thought that this dance would cure tarantism, which is a disease or type of hysteria which seemed ...

Tahitian dance with Puili Sticks

Puili sticks are normally made from bamboo and used in Hawaii, Tahiti, and other Polynesian islands. You could make your own with paper towel rolls. (Cut slits a third of the way down each tube. Optional: Have students decorate their own.) ...

Yang Ge – Chinese Dance

Yānggē (秧歌) means “rice sprout song,” and the dance originates in Northern China, expressing happiness. I found the dance on YouTube and adapted the steps for 3rd graders. (Download available below.) The Chinese fans often have very fluffy feathers, so ...

Native American Basket Dance

This dance celebrates the harvest. (See below for download.) I found the dance on youtube and adapted the steps for 3rd graders. In art class, students decorated the “baskets” (paper plates) with Native American symbols. Here are some authentic baskets ...

3rd Grade Rhythm Activity

Lesson ideas 1. Begin with echoing rhythms. I say rhythms (in 4/4), they echo rhythms. Instead of clapping like I usually do, I ask students to pantomime playing alternating mallets in the air. For half notes, they only play once and ...

Music Program: This is My Country

I used this program with 3rd graders. Songs This Land is Your Land America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) The Star Spangled Banner When Johnny Comes Marching Home Grand Old Flag This is My Country This Land is Your Land ...

Music Program: Freedom

I used this program with 3rd graders. Songs Choices (We are American) – Teresa Jennings Battle Cry of Freedom – (Civil War Song) Oh Freedom Come and Go with Me Freedom (from Shenandoah) The Voices of Pride – Ned Ginsburg ...
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