Small Group Project for 4th-6th grades: Compose a Musical Story

Janis Aston
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3rd - 6th
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Elementary Music, 5-part activity using Lucien Cailliet's "Theme and Variations on 'Pop! Goes the Weasel'." Elementary music Lesson plans based on the standards. Great for end-of-the-year unit with 4th-6th grades!

Students will be challenged to listen and analyze the composer's variations in a fun way and then guided to create their own theme and variations by using recorders or other instruments (could even sing their story) to the verses of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" or any other simple song such as "Hot Cross Buns."

An engaging and different way to teach Theme and Variations.

All lesson plans are based on the standards and can be used as large group activities, small group activities, or a combination of both.


  • Powerpoint Lesson
  • Multiple lesson plans
  • Student self-guided plan that can be opened on a computer.
  • Song sheet
  • Downloadable worksheets

Note: READ ALL DOCUMENTS carefully and in order. This activity requires extensive preparation. Download the PREVIEW.

If you have problems with any of the files, please email me.

Janis Aston

This activity is also included in Unit 4 Lesson Plans.

This activity will be available for unlimited downloads until December 31, 2021.

Have fun!!

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