Q3 Feb. 19- March 1 2019 (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
Week #28-29
Unit of InstructionCelebrating Black History Month
Standard(s) Taught

Discuss how music was influence by events and people in American History (MU.3.H.2.1)

Creat stylistically appropriate accompaniments on percussion instruments: xylophones (MU.3.H.1.3) 

Identify solo voices with or without accompaniment (MU.3.H.1.3) 

Perform songs using appropriate dynamics, tempo, articulation, style, and mood (MU.4.C.1.1)

Rehearse a song in “chunks” to aid in memorization (MU.4.C.1.2) 

Listen and identify various dynamics, tempos, and articulations (MU.4.O.1.1) 

Read from notation and sing songs containing rhythms of various combinations in various meters (MU.5.C.1.1) 

Compare and contrast songs in different meters and styles (MU.5.F.3.1) 

Sing songs with appropriate vocal technique and tone quality (MU.5.C.1.1) 


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will listen to and understand various African American spirituals. 

Students will learn about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

Students will learn and be able to identify a Call and Response song.

Students will play on xylophones and recorders with proper playing technique. 

Students will begin learning and memorizing their Spring Performance pieces.

Students will read and identify notes on the Treble Clef.


Students will sing using their proper singing voices (appropriate tone, dynamics, etc.) 


Classroom Activities

Recorder Centers (if class has not completed activity) 

  • 4 centers set up around the room    
  1. Treble Clef worksheet center
  2. Name-a-Note center
  3. Recorder practice center
  4. Recorder help and testing center
  • Students will be graded on participation and completion of each of the centers



  • Continue working on “It’s Raining” (3rd grade) 
  • Begin “Old MacDonald” (3rd-5th) 

– Introduce low D on recorder

  • If class is ready, begin “Oh When the Saints Go Marching In”

Follow the Drinking Gourd 

  • Songs with a hidden message
  • Discuss Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
  • Sing through song and read background information in music book
  • Watch video of the Drinking Gourd story 
  • Add xylophone accompaniment to the song – keeping steady beat, reading treble clef notes, playing with proper playing technique

Wade in the Water

  • Discuss Harriet Tubman – read mini biography and look at pictures
  • “Is this song have a hidden message?” 
  • Call and Response song 

Spring Performance pieces

  • Introduce show and discuss the storyline
  • Read through pieces, listen, sing, and then add motions
  • Practice in “chunks” to help with memorization 
Assignments Due

Please bring recorders to music class! 

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