Favorite Spirituals Google Slides Lesson for Elementary Music Class

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2nd - 4th
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Spirituals are a huge part of American music history-- so they should be part of your curriculum! This Google Slides lesson goes through 11 of the best spirituals. This can be used for distance learning, teaching music 6 feet away, or whole group! Can be used for Black History Month-- or any time of year!

In this Google Slides activity, students will learn about what spirituals are, 11 of the best one spirituals for elementary music, and more!

Each spiritual has a slide with the lyrics, a slide with the sheet music, a slide with an embedded YouTube video of the song, and an activity. Activities could be actions, questions, making up new lyrics, creative extensions, and more.

Included songs:

  • Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • When the Saints Go Marching In
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie
  • I've Got Peace Like a River
  • Elijah Rock
  • Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  • This Train is Bound for Glory
  • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  • This Little Light of Mine


  • 61 slide Google Slides Activity
  • 11 different spirituals
  • Lyric sheets, sheet music, and YouTube videos of every song
  • An activity for each song (actions, questions, creative extensions, etc)

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