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Students understand pitch changes. In this melody and rhyme lesson, students sing and move their bodies to show highs and lows to illustrate pitch. Students write original verses to the song using rhyming words.
Students explore melody. For this music lesson, students define "melody" and identify the melody line present in increasingly complex musical pieces. Students sing or hum the melody line after listening to an excerpt of music.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
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. 
Third graders write a song.  In this melody lesson, 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
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!
Fourth graders analyze, brainstorm and practice playing a melody/pattern with rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and instrumental pieces of many styles. In addition, they create an original piece of music.
Singing, clapping, moving up and down with the melody, it all sounds like a great music lesson. Kinder-musicians sing three different songs to practice memory, speaking, and movement skills. They'll move to the melody, build memory with call and response, and then explore counting notes with blue sticks and a rhythmic song. 
Students listen to pop songs and discuss their construction, melody, and rhythm. They observe a PowerPoint presentation describing types of songs and elements that make the song "catchy." In groups, students use a website to assist in writing a pop song. They share their songs with the class.
Fun awaits both you and your class as you embark on a musical activity. After discussing different rhythmic meters they choose a poem to set to music. The poem must rhyme and be set to a melody in the key of C Major. Because the activity includes syllables, reading, and rhyme it could also be adapted to help struggling readers.
Students describe music in terms related to basic elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, timbre, form and style. Then they identify who Tchaikovsky was as well as his famous works. Students also identify the main theme on one piece in particular, Symphony No. 6, Movement III and discuss how parts of the music are similar to others.
Second graders are exposed to a variety of attributes of melody in seven lessons of this unit. the notation in treble clef, pitch, and the movements of the melody are presented in these lessons.
Students use the book and song 'Down by the Bay' to learn melody and rhyme. In this melody and rhyme lesson, students read the book 'Down by the Bay' by Raffi and listen to the song. Students make new verses to go with the song using the rhyme scheme.
Students create and perform an original verse to the song "Down By the Bay" in groups of 2-3. Showing they explain the concepts of melody and rhyme.
Students explore where a melody and melody fragments enter different voice parts, and adjusts dynamically to enable the listener to perceive these events. Each student uses a rubric to make critical evaluations of the performances.
Second graders discover the use of melody in music and how it relates to simple songs and music notation. Students sing and move throughout this lesson. Emphasis is placed upon group and individual practice interpreting musical melodies.
Play music with your class. Using Orff instruments and arrangements they learn to play the melody of a song, first in parts then as a group. This lesson is intended for use with the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.
In this Medieval music activity, 8th graders read about the instruments and parts of the music, including harmony, melody, and unison. They answer 7 homework questions based on the reading.

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