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* Signs in Stitches and Song Grades 1 to 5 TeachersFirst

Signs in Stitches and Song is a multi-lesson, interdisciplinary unit about the Underground Railroad for primary students. Concentrating on the codes and signal systems by which escaping slaves found their way northward, the unit includes language arts, science, music, geography and math components. The various elements can be used individually, or in combination. There are extensive illustrations, printable handouts, optional Flash animations, and suggestions for further study.
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Building Character: Remaining Resilient, Resourceful, and Responsible Grades 4 to 5 Yale University

Introduce your students to The Blues culture and “instill in them a sense of appreciation for struggle.”
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Children’s Music Resources Grades 1 to 12

A collection of resources for teaching children about music
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Classical MIDI Archives Grades 4 to 12

This site has thousands of MIDI files for classical compositions.
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Elementary General Music Grades 1 to 6 Crane School of Music

This site is dedicated to Elementary General Music and contains complete lesson plans. Produced by the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York it is geared toward the K-6 music education community.
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Finding the Rhythm of Blues in Children’s Poetry, Art, and Music Grades 1 to 4 Yale University

Use activities that center around poetry, art, and music related to migration, slavery in the U.S., and African-American culture to help students learn about the blues aesthetic.
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Groovelab Grades 4 to 12

Music teachers who need to make percussion loops for electronic or computer-based music will find this free online “sound machine” an interesting approach. Novices will likely find the interface confusing, but those who know what they want can quickly create percussion loops using a variety of instrument sounds.
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How to Blues Grades 4 to 8 Yale University

Introduce your students to the blues as a means of understanding Afro-American culture, emphasizing improvisation. Students learn by playing and singing the music, and finish by writing and singing their own piece of the blues.
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Java Music Lab Grades 4 to 12 Hamilton College

We were truly impressed with this little site offering Java-based music theory tutorials. The exercises are “for real” allowing students to practice note recognition, speed reading, scale building, etc., and the java coding really works! The sound reinforcement and adjustable design of the exercises enables students to use these independently for both elementary and more advanced practice. This one’s a real find for those teaching theory and harmony.
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Jazz History Pages Grades 4 to 12

Here’s a look at the history of Jazz in New York’s Harlem, based on a remarkable photo of sevearl dozen jazz greats. The site includes information on musicians, their music, their instruments, and how Jazz and Harlem came to be synonymous in the early twentieth century.
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K-12 Resources for Music Educators Grades 1 to 12 Mankato MN Schools

This web site is designed for teachers and students of all musical areas and education levels. It is loaded with information, resources, ideas, and professional references with dozens and dozens of links to relevant sites. The site, organized by five main topics (Band Teachers, Orchestra Teachers, Vocal/Choral, Classroom Music, and All Music Educators) offers links to great composers, study guides for instrumental music, fingering charts, string pedagogy, graded literature, foreign language dictionaries (French, Italian, and German), and information related to professional organizations.
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Kids’ Pages from the New York Philharmonic Grades 3 to 8

The Philharmonic’s shockwave-enhanced pages for young people offer detailed composer information, musician biographies, and even music skill games. Best of all – the instrument samples are more than a few toots on the horn. If your students are studying orchestras – or visiting one – this site is a great resource.
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Learn About Jazz Grades 4 to 12 PBS

The companion web site to the PBS Jazz series offers a history of jazz and its evolution as part of the African American experience. There are lesson outlines included in the site.
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Lessons from Jazz Grades 4 to 12 PBS


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Literature of the U.S. Civil War Grades 4 to 5 Yale University

This unit investigates the Civil War through children’s literature, using multiple approaches to learning including reading, writing, dramatization, and music.
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Little Animals Activities Grades 1 to 4 BBC

This British site offers primary level reading and word game activities, many with accompanying narration. Students can use these individually, or as part of a group activity. There are also music activities and counting games.
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Lullabies and Other Songs for Children Grades 1 to 6

Outstanding site for lyrics to children’s songs. There are lyrics (but not tunes or music) to over 500 children’s songs listed here. In addition, they will search for a song if you a re unable to find it. Another feature is the “Song of the Day’ that can be emailed to you automatically. There are links to thousands of songs. Appropriate for all children and adults who work with, or have children. [Note: The site was recently redesigned; most of the content appears intact, but it’s a bit harder to find.]
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A very useful site to both music and classroom teachers.


 
Match the Musical Sounds Grades 1 to 2

There aren’t many good sites for non-readers. Here’s a Flash-enhanced site that lets young students match musical instruments with the sounds they make and keeps score of the results. You’ll need to explain the directions to the child, but from there students can work independently.
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Teachers will find this one a nice music activity for Kindergarten or first graders.


 
Match the Musical Sounds Grades 1 to 2

There aren’t many good sites for non-readers. Here’s a Flash-enhanced site that lets young students match musical instruments with the sounds they make and keeps score of the results. You’ll need to explain the directions to the child, but from there students can work independently. Teachers will find this one a nice music activity for Kindergarten or first graders. The sounds from this game will let parents know their child is using the computer safely.
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Meeting the Blues Grades 4 to 8 TeachersFirst

This is an interdisciplinary collection of resources dealing with The Blues as an American art form.
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Try it as the basis for an interdisciplinary unit on music, American history, African American experience, and art.


 

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