First Grade Music Lessons {Second Semester}

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Need new ideas for your first grade music lessons? Want detailed ideas, questions, and strategies to try with your students? This comprehensive set includes 28 first grade music lessons, for the second half of the year.

All lessons include objectives, materials, all National Core arts standards covered, skills covered, relationship to previous and future lessons, "I can" statements, comfortable starting pitch, time allotted for each activity, procedures, assessments, and transitions. A spot on each lesson is included for an evaluation of the lesson, so you can list any notes about the lesson or about what each class covered. I'm also including essential questions and rubrics as appropriate.

This set is meant to assist you in lesson planning your first grade lessons. Each student population, each school, and each teacher is different, so I made these lesson plans editable (as Word files) so you could adapt as needed. Simply type into the already existing lesson, or cut and paste into your own template. These lessons are written for 35 minutes, so if you have less, you could delete activities, and if you have more, you could add using some of the suggestions in the “suggestions for addition” file (which will grow as the set grows). Please feel free to add activities of your own! This should be a living, breathing set that changes from year to year, adapting to your students, your needs, and your school’s needs. This set could be used in conjunction with or independently of my First Grade Music Lessons Set {First Semester.}

The initial set comes with four lessons; each week, two more lessons will be added until the set is complete. At this point, all lessons have been added!

I have also uploaded any new songs and chants to the file as they occur throughout the lessons; they are alphabetically listed in the songs file. Materials have also been added. Please note that while many lesson materials are included in this set, some of the materials are listed as links to products in my store, the stores of others, or on other sites online (such as West Music.)

Please note that the presentation lesson for quarter rest is very similar to the lesson found in "Songs and Activities to Teach Quarter Rest." Another lesson that will be similar to one you may already own is for the presentation of la, found in "Songs and Activities to Teach La." Lastly, the 2-beat meter presentation lesson is similar to the one found in Songs and Activities to teach 2-beat meter.

The set also includes:
*A checklist for National Core Arts Standards (this is the same design in my Music Teacher Planner, but only includes first grade)
*Lesson plan template (editable Word file)
*PDF's of all of the lessons
*Editable and PDF outline of lessons:
I will keep revising this as I add the lesson. I included an editable file so you could delete what you don't use and add what you do. This file is much like a simplified year plan.
*Tips for writing lessons in Word (includes info about how to check boxes on the lesson plan template)

This set could also be adapted for second grade, if your second graders are practicing these concepts. For these lessons, it is assumed that students know the following concepts: beat, rhythm, fast/slow, loud/quiet, high/low, ta and ti-ti, and sol-mi. During the course of this particular set, students will learn quarter rest and la. They will also begin to prepare 2-beat meter. Students will also work on several skills, such as listening, inner hearing, improvisation, and more!

For a sample first grade lesson, download my First Grade music lesson freebie!

Also check out these lesson sets:
Kindergarten Music Lessons #1-10 Set
Kindergarten Music Lessons #11-20 Set
First Grade Music Lessons Set {First Semester}
First Grade Music Lessons {Entire Year}

Thank you to Blair Turner for the border in the solfa manipulative set.
Download the preview for more information. If you are interested in a smaller set, see my First Grade Music Lessons #1-4

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First Grade Music Lessons {Second Semester}
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First Grade Music Lessons {Second Semester}
First Grade Music Lessons {Second Semester}