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Orchestra: Brasses & Woodwinds

I do a short unit in 4th grade focusing on Brasses and Woodwinds, since those two families are so easy to confuse. Brass & Woodwind Word Search and Assessment       See also Brass Family Woodwind Family Orchestra resources   Extras …

Orchestra – 3rd grade

In 3rd grade, we learn the 4 families of the orchestra. Students must be able to name the family each orchestra instrument belongs in. They must also listen to an instrument (such as trumpet or flute) and identify which family …

Orchestra – 1st grade

In 1st grade we begin to name orchestra instruments. I refer to the “orchestra” and mention the 4 families, but students are only required to recognize a few of the instruments in the context of: 1. Peter & the Wolf …

Cluck Old Hen

Lyrics 1. My old hen’s a good old hen, she laid eggs for railroad men. Cluck old hen, cluck and squall, ain’t laid an egg since late last fall. 2. Sometimes eight and sometimes ten, She laid eggs for railroad …

Do Lord

Lyrics Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me. (repeat twice) Look away beyond the blue. I’ve got a house in glory that outshines the sun (repeat twice) Look away beyond the blue. See also Spirituals steady beat songs …

Kapulu Kane

Lyrics Kapulu, pulu kane, (repeat twice) ku ka nalua Translation That careless messy man, a very messy man. No doubt that every one can plainly see, indeed! Puili Stick Motions Partners sit cross-legged on the floor, facing each other, each …

Hickory Dickory Dock

Lyrics Hickory Dickory Dock, The mouse went up the clock, The clock struck one, The mouse ran down, Hickory Dickory Dock. Melodic version Another melody See also nursery rhymes steady beat songs high & low Orff arrangements tempo resources songs …

Grizzly Bear

Lyrics Grizzly bear, a grizzly bear is sleeping in a cave. (repeat) Please be very quiet, very very quiet, If you wake him, if you shake him, he gets very mad! Game Students stand in a circle on the floor. …

3rd Grade Rhythm Activity

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 wait for …

Ethnomusicology-World Instruments

I have used this lesson between the Orchestra Instruments unit (5th / 6th graders) and the Invented Instruments unit. Ethnomusicology = the study of world music Explain that they just finished reviewing 4 families of the orchestra, and that ethnomusicologists have …

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