This whole year upper elementary curriculum teaches students all the concepts they are expected to learn in upper elementary. These lessons would work for 4th, 5th or 6th graders but are best suited for 5th graders after a year of recorder with Rockstar Recorder. There are 8 units, all of which are sold individually, but are bundled here for a discount.
This unit teaches the students the concept of cut time and an eighth and two sixteenths, and two sixteenths and an eighth as well as a two part and four part canon. It uses the idea of Trick or Treating and different candy words to first learn a piece, put it into cut time and add body percussion, and then allows students to create their own piece and perform in canon. If you want to use this unit without talking about Trick or Treating, it’s easily removed.
This unit teaches the students the concept of a modes through experiencing the five different pentatonics on xylophones. Students will play a fall piece in C, F, G, A and D pentatonics. Students will also compose their own fall piece in C pentatonic and then move it to a different pentatonic.
This unit takes the nursery rhyme Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater and adds a melody. Students will learn and work with High Do', canons, and their own created pieces while experiencing the different pentatonics on the xylophones.
This holiday unit uses the nursery rhyme Little Jack Horner to teach 4/4 vs. 6/8 and the dotted quarter with the single eighth note. Students will say and play ostinatos and compose their own holiday rhythms as well as experience rondo form.
This unit uses the songs Winter Wonderland and Let it Snow to teach dotted eighth/sixteenth patterns. It uses an un-pitched percussion ostinato pattern and a winter poem with the rhythm. The winter poem is improvised in A pentatonic. Students improvise, speak and play instruments to practice the dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythm pattern.
This unit teaches the students the concept of a single 8th rest. It takes the students through the experience of syncopation, rhythm building blocks, movement creations, singing, unpitched percussion instruments and xylophones. There are two versions included. One with recorders and one without recorders.
This unit teaches students about 6/8 and cadences. It takes several different nursery rhymes in 6/8 and helps students clap, say and play 6/8 patterns, through reading the patterns and using the nursery rhyme to figure out the patterns.
This unit teaches students the concept of theme and variation. There are two versions included, each of them has 4 lessons, one using recorder and one using xylophones. The recorder one emphasizes the note F#. They both use Hot Cross Buns and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to teach and understand the concept of a theme and the two ways you can play a variation, changing the rhythm or the melody. This could easily be turned into a performance piece and that is also explained.