Elementary music lessons based on books.
A growing compilation of great books and musical connections that work with them!
Books Reviewed + music connection ideas
The Year We Learned to Fly
“Fly Away” is a companion resource to “The Year We Learned to Fly.”
“The Change Is You” and “Change the World With Kindness” are companion resources to “Change Sings” by Amanda Gorman.
Ohana Means Family
A great book to use with multiple grade levels! K-2 can use movement and un-pitched percussion and grades 3-5 can use movement and barred instruments!
In My Heart
Just Help by Sonia Sotomayor
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Blank Booklets to Create Your Own Verses
a presentation with mp3s to learn the song a simple Orff arrangement for xylophone, glockenspiel, and guiro a booklet template for students to create their own verses
Lyric Writing Booklet for A My Name Is Alice Jump Rope Chant and Song A My Name is ALICE
A, My Name is Alice by Jane E. Bayer, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Kellogg is one of my favorite illustrators with his content-rich drawings and humor.
First verse: A, my name is Alice, and my husband’s name is Alex…
A My Name Is …
A My Name Is … by Alice Lyne, illustrated by Lynne Cravath. This version doesn’t always begin each verse with a girl’s name and replaces “husband” with “best friend.”
First verse: A my name is Alex, my best friend’s name is Angie…
Second verse: B my name is Becca, my best friend’s name is Billy…
This 2-chord song for voice, ukulele, and rainbow instruments (Boomwhackers & bells) is sure to be a hit! There’s no warbling going on here, just cantabile singing!
This song features:
2 chords-G7 and C 3/4 meter ABA form some terrific turkey rhyming
Sheet music is available on my
Teachers Pay Teachers page.
This resource of the Thanksgiving classic, Over the River and Through the Wood, includes parts for
Boomwhackers, bells, and ukulele. Each part has audio and video files to support student learning AND in two different tempos- lento and adagio. Students learn about beats per minute (bpm) as they play their parts.
Play and learn in class or use it as a wonderful performance piece for winter concerts!
Music objectives include:
6/8 meter and common rhythms tempo markings treble clef notation for melody ukulele chords C, D7, F, and G7 classic American song repertoire ensemble playing Sound/Video File Example