I love anything with extended melodies, and this song is perfect: Train is A-Comin'
The range is from low la to high do, so this song is recommended for 4th and 5th graders. The song reviews basic rhythms (quarter note, eighth note pair) and also the half rest. It also discusses this historical background of the Underground Railroad. There are lots of great resources about the Underground Railroad on the web and youtube, but I think this year I'll try this book:
The PowerPoint includes slides to help the students learn the songs, as well as tips and instructions for teachers. Here are some examples:
|Underground Railroad Slide|