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Young scholars understand pitch changes. In this melody and rhyme lesson plan, students sing and move their bodies to show highs and lows to illustrate pitch. Young scholars write original verses to the song using rhyming words.
Fourth graders create their own melodies by making up a phone number with the numbers of the C major scale (the number 9 will be played by double the C at an octave. Students are encouraged to end their piece with V, I progression in addition to the end of their melody.
Young scholars explore melody. In this music lesson, students define "melody" and identify the melody line present in increasingly complex musical pieces. Young scholars sing or hum the melody line after listening to an excerpt of music.
Students add tonic and harmony to mi-re-do compositions. They review the steps in the Solfege method and create their own melody with these elements. They perform their song to the class.
First graders explore the notion of upward and downward melody motion. They hum, sing, and listen as the melody moves up and down. To show what they know, they put their thumbs up or down as the melody shifts.
Students develop melodies based on a simple chord progression. They develop the tools need to begin to compose their own music. Students explore the qualities of each NCT and identify them in a composition. They develop listening skills while listening and singing the music they compose.
Budding musicians discuss rhythmic notation and melody as they play a bar instrument or recorder. They use the notes B, A, G, and E to play a simple melody, and then they use those same four notes to turn a poem into a song. They play their recorders or bells as they sing the tune they've made. 
Time to pick up an instrument and practice the first part of Beethoven's symphony No.5. Young musicians discuss melody, rhythmic pattern, dynamics, and movements found in symphonic and orchestral pieces. They then practice and play the rhythm in the piece using any object in the class.
A reading of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken launches an interdisciplinary study of the connection between the meter of a poem and that of a melody. Composers, including many popular musicians like Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison, often use poetry as inspiration for melodies. After identify the number of beats in each line of the poem, young musicians use music-related software to compose their own melody based on their analysis of the Frost’s poem.
Engage your class in melody transitions by singing a familiar song and passing on the tune to the next person. Ideal for practicing smooth transitions and repetitions from one person to the next. Extend the lesson by creating a class song.
Fifth graders explore performing arts by composing a music piece. In this melody notation lesson, 5th graders identify the first five notes in the diatonic scale which they utilize to create a melody over 8 measures. Students perform their compositions in 4/4 time with an assigned instrument.
Middle schoolers investigate fractions.  For this elementary mathematics lesson, students create an altered melody by dividing fractions.  The lesson, which requires some music knowledge, provides an excellent opportunity for a cross curricula lesson or team teaching with a music instructor. 
Young scholars write, adapt, and compose a song related to the West Virginia State Museum.  In this music instructional activity, students create a composition for a work of  visual art. Young scholars incorporate major and minor melodies.
Second graders learn the national anthems of other countries of the world. Using the melody of America/My Country 'Tis of Thee, they write their own anthem.
Her is an interesting topic, as well as a great way to teach it! You'll find two worksheets on this link, one for the teacher, and one for the learner. Worksheet one describes how classical composers used musical repetition to make their melodies memorable: they did this by using a four-bar phrase. The second sheet has the class use creative problem solving to create four-bar phrases with words. 
Young scholars examine female artists who perform in the genres of rhythm & blues, jazz, soul, and hip-hop/rap. They compose lyrics and melody in one of these genres.
Fifth graders develop a musical composition to be played on recorders. In this musical composition instructional activity, 5th graders work in groups to write and perform an eight measure, three part composition that uses a chord structure. They ornament a simple melody and perform it on the recorder.
Third graders write a song.  In this melody instructional activity, 3rd graders discuss their favorite nursery rhymes.  Students sing two songs and compare their melodies.  Students use the melody of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to write a Thanksgiving song
Students compose original songs in 4/4 time to learn the elements used in the formation of music: tempo, pitch, meter, rhythm, and melody. This introductory lesson can be done in two 30-minute class periods.
Explore the paradox of the universe - or, at least, of popular music - with this lesson. Using the songs "Inaudible Melodies" by Jack Johnson and "She" by Green Day, your class will complete a graphic organizer to help them understand the meaning of a literary paradox. The lesson then guides them into a discussion on perception, and into a writing activity in which they write their own poem about a paradox. Fun and informative for your music lovers!

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