Black History Song and Music Activities - Spotlight on Ruby Bridges

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Frau Musik USA
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My students loved singing this song and leaning about Ruby Bridges. This resource is easy and fun to use in music class!
The story was simplified for this age. The music was easy to use and the PowerPoint also had parts for intermediates.
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Do you need an engaging Black History Month Song with differentiated Orff activities for grades K-5? This Little Light of Mine is a traditional spiritual and authentic civil rights song that is perfect for your classroom or a performance ANY TIME OF YEAR. Differentiated activities will have students actively engaged singing, playing, reading pitch, rhythm, treble clef note names, and more.

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Resources included in this Easy-to-Use Black History Song BUNDLE

Included in this Versatile Resource

  • Projectable lesson - PowerPoint version
  • Simple directions for uploading as Google Slides version
  • Two rhythmic ostinato patterns
  • Two melodic ostinato patterns
  • Two leveled biographies of Ruby Bridges
  • Rehearsal mp3 audio file

Differentiation Made Simple

  • Orff accompaniments of varying difficulty are provided.
  • Melodic ostinato patterns are notated with and without note name prompts.*
  • Each differentiated resource provides attainable performance options for young students while challenging older students.
  • See the PREVIEW for a chart outlining the music elements taught at each level.

*Slides may be printed for individual students needing additional support.

Includes Everything You Need to Teach Engaging Effective Lessons

  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Simple observational assessment options with rubric
  • Learning Targets written as clear concise student-centered “I can” statements
  • Suggested performance options for each level
  • Large easy-to-read music notation
  • Two rhythmic ostinato patterns
  • Two melodic ostinato patterns
  • Percussion ensemble scores
  • Rehearsal MP3 audio file
  • Short biographies of a civil rights leader - early and upper elementary versions
  • Song lyrics slides
  • Song notation slides
  • Flexible instrumentation
  • Realistic xylophone diagrams for "air play" practice
  • Simple piano accompaniment
  • Guided instruction leads teacher & students through lessons
  • Interactive Table of Contents for easy navigation of lessons

Not Rhythm Syllable Specific

The resources in our Music Literacy Song Series do not dictate the use of one specific rhythm syllable system. You may use any rhythm reading system with these lessons, Kodaly, French Time, Gordon, Takadimi, or Numerical.

From Other Music Teachers. . . . . . . .

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Magical Melodies - Ruby Bridges is such an inspiration and this is a great resource to get a conversation going about equality and justice in the elementary music room. Thank you!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rakenya S. - Thanks so much for a great resource! My students were so engaged and enjoyed this lesson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Heather K. - I LOVE it, my students LOVE it, I'm extending it another week!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Erin M. - I liked how this lesson took a different approach and perspective by looking at a non-musical historical figure and highlighting music she would've sung at church and that fit the theme of her story.


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