5th grade

Recorder patterns

I use these patterns for warm-ups with recorders. Then the students use these patterns to write their own pieces of music. Practice these patterns and tell students to use them as guides to composing their own original compositions. Visuals (See …

Why use recorders?

Reasons to Use Recorders* A melody instrument – with the ability to sustain tones. Many of the other Orff instruments don’t hold those half and whole notes. Helpful for those students who can’t match pitch or are uncoordinated with mallets. …

How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck

Lyrics (Traditional chant / Tongue twister) How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? See also chants tongue twisters songs with sixteenth notes groundhog / woodchuck songs   (or available for purchase here) Handout Downloadable …

Hole in the Middle of the Sea

Lyrics (Folk song) There’s a hole in the middle of the sea,There’s a hole in the middle of the sea,There’s a hole, there’s a hole,There’s a hole in the middle of the sea, There’s a log in the hole in …

Note & Rest Flashcards

Flash Cards (See downloads at bottom of page. Each number has a corresponding button.)You could laminate them on card stock (I have used old manila folders that I cut into 8.5 x 11 and feed into the printer). Then I either put …

Upper Elementary Rhythm practice cards

Visuals (See downloads at bottom of page.) See also Rhythm visuals Rhythm Resources Printable & Digital Visuals Download PDF Download PPT

Star Spangled Banner

Lyrics (Melody by John Stafford Smith, Lyrics by Francis Scott Key) Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous …

Fooba Wooba John

Lyrics (Folk song) 1. Saw a flea kick a tree, fooba wooba fooba wooba,Saw a flea kick a tree, fooba wooba John.Saw a flea kick a tree in the middle of the sea.Whoa, John, oh John, Fooba wooba John. 2. …

Invented (Homemade) Instruments

Lesson ideas Lessons preceding this Unit: Orchestra Review & Ethnomusicology Lesson 1 – Explain the Invented Instrument assignment and show pictures. Lesson 2-3 – Students browse books or the internet for ideas, fill out the Instrument Plan Form, and bring in materials …

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