Pizza Pizza Daddy-O Easy Orff Arrangement And Lesson Plan

Adding Orff instruments to the African-American singing game Pizza Pizza Daddy-O gives you a perfect arrangement for concerts as well as extended lessons to explore and practice mi, so, la, and syncopation in the classroom.

Integrating culturally responsive elements into these lessons is seamless, as students can incorporate dances that hold personal meaning to them into the song lyrics.

Pizza Pizza Daddy-O Game, Orff Arrangement, and Lesson Plan resource.

When to Use?

Pizza Pizza Daddy-O is such a classic, fun game and kids love to play it year after year. This resource extends learning with an easy Orff arrangement that can become a concert showpiece!

Available in both PowerPoint™️ and Google Slides™️ formats.

Pizza Pizza Daddy-O Game, Orff Arrangement, and Lesson Plan resource with solfa and rhythm learning.

Pizza Pizza Daddy-O Orff Arrangement Analysis

  • C Major tritonic scale
  • 4/4
  • Rhythmic Content-syncopation, quarters, barred eighths
  • Melodic Content-mi, so, la
  • Form-Rondo ABACA
  • Harmony-C chord only
Pizza Pizza Daddy-O Game, Orff Arrangement in extended form, and Lesson Plan resource.

Teacher & Student Benefits

  • to use speech, body percussion, and movement to help learn the instrumental parts
  • to create and improvise
  • to be guided through the learning process with a sequenced resource
  • students input their own background into the resource
  • to engage with a process that uses sequenced learning
  • learn with a presentation that uses differentiation through color-coding and varying text styles
Pizza Pizza Daddy-O Game, Orff Arrangement, and Lesson Plan resource.

Easy Orff Arrangement Instrumentation

  • bass and alto xylophones
  • glockenspiel
  • drums, guiros, claves
  • ukulele (opt) chord C or C6
  • recorder (opt) notes E, G, A
  • voices

Check It Out

  • Listen to the song in the Video Preview on TPT.
  • Look at the resource in the PDF Preview on TPT.

Auld Lang Syne | Easy Lesson Plan for This Classic Song

Let’s uncover the history, meaning, and music of “Auld Lang Syne” and listen to several famous versions in this easy lesson plan. The catchy tune is a must-know as New Year’s Eve turns into New Year’s Day, as we look back on the old year and look forward to the new.

In this lesson plan…

The Epic History of Auld Lang Syne

Scottish Vibes

Picture this: It’s the 1700s in Scotland, and a super famous poet named Robert Burns is on the scene. He whips up the lyrics for “Auld Lang Syne,” meaning “old long since” or days gone by. Fast forward, and the song becomes a global sensation, making its way into celebrations worldwide.

Meet Robert Burns, the Poetry Rockstar

Robert Burns, aka the Bard of Scotland, wrote the lyrics in 1788. He was all about celebrating Scottish culture and creating poetic magic. Now, his masterpiece, “Auld Lang Syne,” is a song sung around the world!

Image of Scottish poet Robert Burns who wrote the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne.

The Feel-Good Meaning of Auld Lang Syne

Nostalgia Alert!

Ready to look back on good times? “Auld Lang Syne” is like a musical scrapbook, making us look back at good times with pals. It’s all about valuing memories and celebrating the awesome experiences that shaped us.

Friendship Rocks!

Guess what? The heart of the song is all about friendship. “Auld Lang Syne” tells us to raise our cup in a toast to the awesome connections and people in our lives.

Sing-Along with Auld Lang Syne

Echo Sing the Song

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne my dear

For old lang syne.

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet

For auld lang syne.

Let’s Break Down the Lyrics

The lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” are like a friendship party.

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?”
This means, should old friends be forgotten and never remembered? And the answer is-No Way! The song says we’re keeping those memories alive.

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?”
Auld Lang Syne means “days gone by.”

“For auld lang syne my dear, for auld lang syne.”
This just repeats how import the past is to us.

“We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for days of auld lang syne.”
The song wraps up with a cheer for kindness and the friends of our past.

Let’s Sing Along!

Let’s continue this lesson plan by singing along with some famous performers!

Snoopy and the Gang

Jon Batiste & Stay Human


Pink Martini (sung in English, Arabic, French)

Let’s Play It!

Play the chords on ukulele or the bass line (root of chords) on Boomwhackers™️.

Extend This Easy Lesson Plan

How to Use Rhythmic Building Bricks in Elementary Music

Rhythmic building bricks are often used in the Orff process and let students take simple rhythms and then create more complex ideas. Let’s look at the basics of how to use them for teachers new to the process and some special extensions for those who’ve used them before.

Simple building bricks using 1, 2, 3, and 4 sounds that can be combined to form more complex patterns.

The Origin of Rhythmic Building Brick

Rhythmic building bricks were designed by Carl Orff’s contemporary, Gunild Keetman, and explained in detail in her wonderful book, “Elementaria.” They are simple note patterns that can be combined into more complex patterns.

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What Are Rhythmic Building Bricks?

Rhythmic building bricks, sometimes called rhythm blocks, are 2-beat patterns using only quarter notes, quarter rests, and paired eighth notes.

Students brainstorm and find words that have the same number of syllables as the simple patterns so 1, 2, 3, or 4 sounds.

Then they string 4 or 8 bricks together to create a more complex pattern.

Teachers often use themes to support cohesiveness to the complex patterns that are created.

Older students can explore bricks in compound meter using 1 (dotted quarter), 2 (quarter eighth), and 3-note (3 eighth notes) combos. Valentine’s Day and February is the perfect time to try this variation.

How Are Rhythmic Building Bricks Used

Halloween/October is the perfect time to use rhythm bricks. Here’s what one class created.

The top of the board shows their brainstorming. The bottom shows the bricks they put together to create a more complex pattern.

Halloween-themed rhythmic building brick ideas.

In the above 8-brick pattern, students used repetition to create their “beat.”

Haunted House (3), Halloween (3), Jack-o-lantern (4), Boo (1). Black Friday (3), Frankenstein (3), candy (2), Boo (1).

Specific Learning Goals

Repetition: It’s a perfect time to teach them about repetition and that it might not sound the best to use “one of each pattern.”

Exploration: When working with a partner or in groups, learning to try different combinations is optimal. The idea of “one and done” is a big NO.

Form: What you create from the new patterns makes a perfect “B” section for a song or poem.

The Halloween beat above would be the perfect B section to an A of Pass the Pumpkin for a final ABA form.

If working in multiple groups, it becomes a great way to teach rondo form. ABACADA where “A” is Pass the Pumpkin and B, C, and D are the 8 measure beats created by different groups.

Tone Color: Taking the patterns and transferring to instruments is a great way to let students learn about tone color. What instrument(s) will sound best with your pattern and the overall theme?



Using whole-class instructions is a great way to learn about and work with bricks. You can extend and expand the learning in other ways.

Individual/Partner/Small Groups: Students can explore in these groupings in a regular class setup or in centers.

Music centers that use rhythmic building bricks with a hiking and animal theme.

Your music center setup will be a BREEZE with this easy-to-use and effective “Create a Songtale” rhythm resource using quarter notes and rests and eighth note pairs in a rhythmic building brick format.

Making Bricks

Make blocks for centers using building blocks or foam cubes. On the building blocks, use stickers or a permanent marker. I sprayed a coat of polyurethane on my blocks and it really helped keep the notes from rubbing off.

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I got the Mega Bloks below from my local Goodwill. Prextex Blocks are currently the closest I can find to them.

Mega Bloks that have been turned into rhythmic building bricks.
Foam cubes that have been turned into rhythmic building bricks.

Written Activities

A rhythm writing activity creating a restaurant menu using rhythmic building bricks made from food.

A fun writing rhythm activity using building bricks where students create a rhythm menu and take-out orders! 

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The Best Grandparent’s Day Songs And Program Ideas

Discover how you can create a meaningful and joyous celebration that embraces the spirit of Grandparent’s Day with the best engaging songs and program ideas. Find a new song or idea to make this year’s program fabulous.

Find new songs and program ideas for a Grandparent's Day celebration at your school.

Grandparent’s Day Songs By Theme

Thinking out loud here. According to Google 🤣, the average age to become a grandparent is in your 50s and 60s. If your grandchild is 5-12 years old, that makes grandparents in the 55-72 year range.

In 2023, it means those grandparents were born 1951-1968. If high school (16 years old) was a prime music genre era for most, that means music from 1967-1984 would really resonate with most of them.

Beatles’ Songs

  • When I’m 64
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Octopus’s Garden
  • Love Me Do
  • With a Little Help From My Friends
  • All You Need Is Love

70’s Songs

  • I Just Called to Say I Love You
  • Rainbow Connection
  • Lean On Me
  • ABC
  • Joy to the World
  • Top of the World
  • Love Will Keep Us Together
  • I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
  • Rockin’ Robin
  • Rapper’s Delight (the first couple of verses only)
  • Greatest Love of All
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

80’s Songs

  • Walking On Sunshine
  • I’m Still Standing (wordy so you could have solos on the verses and then everyone come in on the chorus)
  • Celebration
  • Footloose
  • We Are the World
  • Up Where We Belong
  • True Colors

Find more great songs by subject/theme in the
BIG Song Database!

Grandparent’s Day Songs – Singles

Music K8 has LOTS of songs written about grandparents. Some teacher favorites are Happy Grandparent’s Day, So Glad to See You, A Song for Grandparent’s Day, Family Reunion, Blessings On This Day, We Love Our Grandparents, Happy Grandparent’s Day, What Do You Call Your Grandma/Grandpa? and more.

  • “A” You’re Adorable
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Grandma and Grandpa (from Musicplay)
  • A Bushel and a Peck
  • Skinnamarink
  • My Girl/My Guy by Smoky Robinson changed to Grandma/Grandpa
  • Grandma’s Hands by Bill Withers
  • Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days) by The Judds
  • Re-write of All About That Bass

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Ruth Crawford Seeger: Inspiring Young Musicians With Her Remarkable Life!

Ruth Crawford Seeger, composer and folk music specialist, had an amazing career and influence in the world of classical and folk music. Her music was different and exciting because she mixed old and new sounds together. People of all ages still love listening to her music today.

1901: Born on July 3 in Ohio

1919-1921: Attended the American Conservatory of Music in Boston

1932: Married Charles Seeger

1953: Died in Maryland

Ruth and Charles had four children: Mike (folk musician), Peggy (folk singer), Barbara, and Penny. Ruth also had three stepsons Charles, John, and Pete (folk singer/activist.)

Early Music Period (1922-1929)

1920s: Ruth began studying piano performance but switched to composition.

Little Waltz 1922

Try some movement to this piece in ternary form.

Skip around room.Stop and mirror w/a partner
or the teacher.
Skip around room.
Ribbon wands make big looping circles.Create a different pattern on your own.Ribbon wands make big looping circles.
Step/skip around the room.Float around the room.Step/skip around the room.

Music for Small Orchestra 1926

Listen to the last 2 minutes (video is cued to this spot) for the exciting tempo!

Middle Music Period (1930-1941)

1930: Ruth Crawford was the first woman to win the Guggenheim Music Fellowship

String Quartet 1931

This string quartet was her most famous and influential work. Here’s the beginning of movement 4. Can you imagine it as the music for a movie? What would be happening on the screen?

Rissolty Rossolty 1939

1930s: Began writing down and arranging American folk music and working with Alan and John Lomax. Here’s an arrangement of the folk song Rissolty Rossolty.

Risseldy Rosseldy on TPT

This classic tongue-twisting folk song now has a sparkling Orff arrangement for your students in grades 3-6.

Also included is a listening lesson with coloring sheet for Ruth Crawford Seeger’s instrumental piece, Rissolty Rossolty!

Late Music Period (1942-1953)

Suite for Wind Quintet 1952

This two-movement piece is another of her classical modernist works. Pick an animal for each instrument and describe what they are doing in the first 2 minutes of the piece. Bassoon, clarinet, oboe, horn, flute.

Vivaldi’s Spring With Orff Arrangement, Movement, And More

Are you looking for the classics taught with ACTIVE music-making?

This resource with lots of movement teaches students to play and sing (new Spring lyrics) the main theme to Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto with Orff barred instrument ostinati, AND a recreation of the thunderstorm using instruments.

What I love about this resource!

  • PLAYING this famous theme, not just LISTENING to it
  • The “B section” thunderstorm is SO fun
  • Learning with speech and movement
  • Differentiated with the use of colors, images, and stepwise learning
  • An ARTS Integration activity-draw a picture!
  • Teacher helpers with
    • higher-order questions
      • “I Can” statements
        • pre-filled checklist that can go into your evaluation folder

Rattlin’ Bog Song And Orff Arrangement For St. Patrick’s Day

You can now sing, do the motions, and PLAY this Irish favorite, The Rattlin’ Bog, with a lively Orff barred instrument arrangement (and optional ukulele part) for St. Patrick’s Day, all during March, or whenever you want that cumulative song, breathless laughter FUN!

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I Love The Mountains | Round With Orff Arrangement, Motions, and Creating

If you’re looking for a multi-lesson flexible unit that includes a fun round with an Orff arrangement, this is it!

This low-prep resource can be used for

  • classroom learning
  • a spring concert
  • an Earth Day selection
  • subject integration (geography, science, language arts)
  • rewritten BY YOUR STUDENTS for any special event! (see below)

Listen to it on TPT!

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How to Use “We Shall Not Be Moved” In the Classroom

“We Shall Not Be Moved” transforms itself into a song to remember Black History, Civil Rights, freedom rights around the world, and the power of music with its simplistic style perfect for learning in the music classroom. Perfect for exploring in class or performances, and easily integrated into-

  • Black History Month,
  • Women’s History Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Juneteenth
  • Civil Rights Lessons
  • World History

Table of Contents

  1. Protest & Spiritual Black History Song w/Orff Arr. on TPT
  2. Origins of the Song
    1. African-American Spiritual
    2. Early 20th Century
    3. 1930s Labor Rights Song
    4. “I Shall Not” to “We Shall Not”
    5. Union Song to FREEDOM Song
      1. The Freedom Singers at the March on Washington, 1963
    6. The Benefit of Protest Songs
      1. Mavis Staples
    7. “No Nos Moverán”
      1. No Nos Moverán with Joan Báez
    8. The Song Travels Around the World
  3. Summary
  4. Verses
  5. Performance Videos
    1. Mississippi John Hurt
    2. Rhiannon Giddens
  6. Books to Reference
  7. References
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Whether the Weather | 6/8 Meter Rhyme for Barred Instruments With Orff Arrangement

If you are looking for an accessible instrumental piece in 6/8 meter for barred instruments with an Orff arrangement, this is it! Taught step-by-step, this classic tongue twister rhyme is perfect for winter, spring, or really any time of the year there is weather 🤣.

An added plus is the language arts lesson on synonyms. Put that on your end-of-year evaluation!

For grades 3-6, this over 50-slide resource is in both PowerPoint and Google Slide versions.
Listen to the music on TPT!

Multi-Lesson Resource

Introduce the Rhyme

Beat & Rhythm

Teaching the Melody & Ostinati