This Power Point Presentation consists of nine songs for recorder on B, A, G, and E. Some of them are original (you can see the complete listing of songs on the Title Page of the PPT in the thumbnails.) so you'll get fresh new stuff you and your students have never seen before! Two of them are self-composed pieces, and the last one is a Duet with two different melodies that harmonize with each other that's all on B, A, G, and E.
This was designed for teaching 3rd graders to start writing their own notes into their sheet music so they can start to compose their own music using the recorder. It can also be used throughout elementary school to teach about Composition.
It has complete rubrics, directions, and read-along pages for them to go through with you so they can learn how they will do this.
It starts having them write in the melodies on a staff to songs that they play through in class. You can even have them do this as a beginning melodic dictation exercise by playing the song one measure at a time, having them play it back to you on their recorder, and then writing down the melody on the staff.
The first song has a game that goes with it, so it challenges them to master the melody if they want to move on to playing the game.
After they correctly write down pre-written melodies, they move on to composing an original melody to a poem. The poem has a very definite quarter-note and whole-note structure, so their rhythms could all be exactly the same, or if you have more advanced students, you can ask them to compose more difficult rhythms as well!
Then, you could have each student play their melody as a performance or instrument grade.
After this, they move on to composing their own melody to a less-rhythmically-structured poem so they have to have a better grasp of rhythms in order to write a correct rhythm, and each students' composition will sound much different from the rest of the class.
Sometimes, since the second composition is a bit more difficult, I start them out by giving the students the option to compose in pairs.
At the end of the Power Point Presentation, there is a Duet, so they can get used to playing two totally different parts on their recorders at the same time. I have the two different melodies extracted, and then coagulated so you can have them practice one or both parts.
Rubrics are printed on almost every page, so if you wanted to, you could have students grade themselves, or have them switch papers and grade each other.
This is a set of songs, activities, games, assessments, rubrics, and instructions that I developed over the course of three years. I hope you find it as useful as I did!