Q3 Jan. 7-18 2019 (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
Week #22-23
Unit of InstructionInstrument Families, Tone, and Musicality
Standard(s) Taught

Singing alone and with others.

Classify orchestral and band instruments as brass, woodwind, percussion, or string. 

Sing songs with appropriate vocal quality and diction. 

Describe the different timbres of instruments. 

Read and identify musical markings. 

Read Treble clef. 

Read and identify various rhythms. 

Play on instruments with proper playing technique. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voice. 

Students will be able to identify by sound the members of the string, brass, woodwind, or percussion family. 

Students will read Treble clef.

Students will identify and read various rhythms. 

Students will play on instruments (recorder, drums, xylophones) with proper playing technique. 

Classroom Activities


Vocal Warm-up (solfege warm-up) 

Review classroom rules and procedures. 


  • Review Hot Cross Buns
  • Merrily We Roll Along

Introduce “E” on recorder (3rd grade) 

  • It’s Raining 

Introduce “D” on recorder (4th and 5th) 

  • Old MacDonald 

Instrument Families

  • Students will watch a powerpoint presentation describing the different instruments of the instrument families
  • Students will listen to each instrument and see them played (video) by professional musicians. 
  • Instrument Family Corners (Teacher Assessment) 
    • Teacher will play various instruments and students will have to move around the room to show they know what instrument it is – last one standing wins! 


  • Students will read various rhythms 
    • Quarter notes, eighth notes, eighth rests, etc. 
    • Sixteenth notes (4th and 5th) 
  • Students will read the rhythms, use body percussion, then transfer to the African drums 
  • Students will review proper playing technique 
Assignments Due

Please bring recorders! 

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