Q1W3-6 (3rd, 4th, and 5th)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level3rd, 4th, and 5th
Week #3-6
Unit of InstructionMusic of America
Standard(s) Taught

Read from notation and sing songs containing rhythms of various combinations and various meters.

Demonstrate proper techniques with instruments

Improvise the rhythm of a phrase of a familiar song to create variation

Sing songs in various forms while matching pitch and tone

Read music from staff notation 

Identify instruments from various cultures

Sing part songs

While listening to music, move to show a prominent feature of the music

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voice.

Students will play instruments with the proper technique. 

Students will begin to learn to read the Treble Clef.

Students will describe the musical form of each song they sing. 

Students will keep a steady beat. 

Students will learn of songs from around America as well as patriotic songs. 

Students will learn about the water cycle (5th)

Students will sing a part song (5th) 

Students will come up with their own movements to go along with a piece of music (5th) 

Classroom Activities

Songs from America

  • Big Rock Candy Mountain: identify form, use singing voice, learn lyrics, add motions, steady beat, discuss history of song
  • Lil Liza Jane: Identify form, discuss history of song, steady beat, singing voice
  • Rocky Top: Identify form, discuss history, singing voice
  • Gonna Ride Up in a Chariot: Identify form, discuss history, singing voice

Patriotic Songs

  • America the Beautiful: singing voice, sign language
  • America: discuss history, singing voice, reading skills
  • You’re a Grand Old Flag: discuss history, singing voice, reading skills


  • Playing on xylophones: demonstrate proper xylophone playing technique
  • Learn “Hot Cross Buns,” “Taco Song” (HCB variation) 
  • Have students come up with their own HCB variation with words (groups?) — Composition, improvise
  • Lil Liza Jane on Xylophones

Reading Treble Clef

  • Introduce/review the Treble Clef
  • Play Treble Clef game 

The Wheel of the Water (5th grade) – across the curriculum (science) 

  • Learn about the water cycle
  • Learn about part songs – each group will be a different part of the water cycle and will have a specific part to sing (EX. what voice is part 1? Can you identify the voice singing part 2? etc.) 
  • Have students come up with their own movements for their part of the water cycle
Assignments Due

Students interested in joining the Treblemakers Elementary Music Club – Permission slips are due Friday. 

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