Q3W23-24 (Grades 3-5)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level3rd, 4th, and 5th
Week #23-24
Unit of InstructionAfrican American History and Music
Standard(s) Taught

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

Compare and contrast songs. 

Sing songs with appropriate vocal technique and tone quality.

Sing songs from different cultures, discover the music’s purpose in the culture.

Perform songs in various instrumental combinations. 

Describe and compare timbres created by various vocal and instrumental sounds. 

Read and sing/play melodies using standard notation. 


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voice (head voice)

Students will learn about Martin Luther King, Harriett Tubman, and the Underground Railroad.

Students will learn and perform songs from slavery times – Wade in the Water, Follow the Drinking Gourd – and learn why these songs are important.

Students will hear stories from African culture and learn songs that go with them.

Students will learn a xylophone accompaniment to Abiyoyo. 

Students will play the recorder with proper technique. 

Students will read Treble clef and various rhythms. 

Classroom Activities


  • Review basics
  • Review notes (BAGEFD) 
  • Merrily We Roll Along, Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle

Introduce new songs – new rhythms, sight-reading, playing along with accompaniment 

Vocal Warm-Up : Solfege 

Follow the Drinking Gourd

  • Discuss when slavery happened
  • Talk about the Drinking Gourd and how that star constellation helped slaves make it to freedom
  • Listen to song, try it out, singing voice
  • Watch The Drinking Gourd story video 

Wade in the Water

  • Discuss Harriett Tubman
  • What was the Underground Railroad? 
  • Listen to song and follow along 
  • What differences do you hear comparing Wade in the Water to Follow the Drinking Gourd? 


  • Discuss African culture and stories
  • Listen to the Abiyoyo story 
  • Learn the song that goes with the story
  • Learn simple xylophone accompaniment to Abiyoyo   

Mirror Exercise

  • Put students into pairs
  • Have them come up with their own movements while listening to a piece of music
  • Others follow the leader – try to “mirror” their movements
  • Listening skills, showing what students here in the music and translating it to movement


Assignments Due


Great job in the Winter Performances everyone!! 

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