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Students examine how aspects of Native American and American folk music are alike and different. They contrast both forms of music and engage in many activities to identify or explain how music fulfills a variety of purposes.
Students use the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to examine Folk music.
In this music worksheet, students read key points about English folk music including what it is, what instruments are played, its history, and two of its important styles. They answer 10 questions using full sentences before writing a newspaper type article about the subject.
Students explore Folk Music in Iowa. In this folk music activity, students discuss different types of folk music and how it relates to life in Iowa. They take the tune of a song and write their own lyrics to describe their life. 
In this music worksheet, students read about the origins of folk music by following a flow chart. They answer 10 short answer question and participate in an extension task that entails writing an article that discusses folk music.
Pupils examine Appalachian Folk Music and Culture and identify characteristics of folk music. They sing simple traditional folk songs, then compare folk music to other styles of music.
In this folk music worksheet, students read selections pertaining to folk music and then respond to 10 short answer questions. An extension activity is also available on the worksheet.
In these informational texts worksheets, students read the detailed flyer for the Blues and Folk Music Workshop. Students then answer 8 multiple choice questions about the text.
In this English folk music activity, 8th graders read about the characteristics, instruments, and purpose of traditional music. They read about the history of folk music and contemporary uses of this type of music. They answer 10 short answer questions associated with the reading.
Fifth graders study Egypt and the Middle East through the use of folk music. In this early civilizations lesson, 5th graders correlate the music of a culture with the development of their society. Students research early Egyptian and Middle Eastern societies using folk music as their starting point.
Students examine artwork by Thomas Hart Benton. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students analyze the painting The Sources of Country Music, listen to folk music, and examine how recording technology and the movies shaped the images of country style music.
Students explore how artistry and craftsmanship in both the instrument maker and the musician creates the Hardanger Fiddle and the folk music tradition of Norway. This introductory lesson plan concludes with a video and worksheet (provided).
Young scholars explore the importance of folk music is various ethnic cultures.
Students listen to Caribbean folk music and discuss maracas and their role in music. They construct and design pairs of maracas using paper mache, then perform a Puerto Rican folk song using their maracas.
In this music worksheet, students read short excerpts about the instruments that accompany folk music songs. They write 5-10 paragraphs about the use of the banjo and mandolin in folk music and about their differences. They read reference materials to identify other instruments that are used in folk music.
In this English folk music instructional activity, learners read an article pertaining to the history of folk music in England from the times of the Industrial Revolution until the 1970s.
In this folk music instruments worksheet, students read about the banjo and the mandolin before they are presented with 2 activities they may complete to learn more about folk music.
In this music learning exercise, students draw a picture of one of Chula's favorite things from a quotation. They answer three multiple choice questions about folk music.
Students listen to Japanese folk songs to get inspired to create a writing piece about Japan.  In this writing lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to add information about Japan. 
Students examine the lumber industry in Wisconsin by using primary source documents. They also listen to songs from the era.

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