Sunday, November 11, 2012

Complete Pentatonic Unit

Ah, more pentatonic scale stuff.  This has taken me forever to compile!  I'm now finished and I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think!  I've already started using it with my 3rd graders (and most of the songs I've used previously).

Do Pentatonic Unit - in this unit, I've included lots of great Do pentatonic-based lessons in different keys (C, D, F, G).  I've also included Power Points (love them) for each lesson, worksheets, folder games, "just for fun" activities, interactive notebook pages - basically everything I use.  I love really in-depth interactive lessons, where the students read the music, make the music, dance/play a game to the music, do a worksheet/group assignment about the music, play instruments with the music - a real well-rounded approach.

 Here is an example from my Power Point.  I love using the old "food substitute" for Orff bars.
 This is a slide from the song "Rocky Mountain".  I love clicking to add the solfege labels after the students have figured it out themselves.

As an extension for "Rocky Mountain" each group is assigned a verse.  The students match the lyrics to one of the four melody patterns.  After I've checked it, the students glue down the lyrics.  Then, they get to create their own original movements to their verse to teach the rest of the class.

For "Great Big House" (a very popular song to use) I've also added four Orff orchestration parts.  Luckily, my husband is on-hand to sing a few as I double-check whether or not I like them!

Since I see my students twice a week, the unit is a two-month long duration for me.  I also add in some "festive songs" (such as my turkey group games below) as we go.


  1. May I offer to pay you for a set of your PwrPnts and lesson plans? They're very well done. Your work reminds me of Artie Almeida. Dr. Mary Goetze would be most pleased, too.

  2. Oh dear, I'm so bad at reading my comments!

    Why don't you tell me what you're looking for and I'll see what I have :)