GAMEPLAN Grade 1 Curriculum


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There are lots of movement activities (locomotor and non-locomotor) in the lessons that your first graders will enjoy! - Kathy


GAMEPLAN Curriculum Grade One
An Active Music Curriculum for Children
By Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles
Spiral-bound book
136 pages

Each grade level in the GAMEPLAN series includes 35 weeks of lesson plans for the elementary music specialist. This curriculum is organized chronologically through the school year from September to May with four lessons per month each with approximately 60 minutes of activities. Grade One has over 200 activities. GAMEPLAN has organized musical objectives in a logical progression that is educationally sound and developmentally appropriate. GAMEPLAN presents the lessons in a concise format that is practical, easy-to-follow and user-friendly.

Each grade level includes:
- Lessons organized into a logical sequence
- A yearly plan categorizing objectives in 5 conceptual areas
- Experiences in imitation, exploration, improvisation and visualization
- Holiday and seasonal activities incorporated into the teaching sequence
- Activities that spark creativity and higher-level thinking skills
- A repertoire rich in folk literature, nursery rhymes and traditional singing games
- Four formal written assessments
- A seating chart template, including space for assessment
- Illustration of all of the charts and visuals used in each lesson

Rhythm Objectives:
Demonstrate pulse (individual/group), identify pulse as Ta or I, differentiate between sound/silence, identify sound/silence as Ta/Rest, experience fast/slow, identify fast/slow; identify TiTi/Ta; and experience meter (2/4, 4/4 6/8).

Melody Objectives:
Differentiate between high/low, experience up/down, develop a repertoire of songs (folk/seasonal/multicultural/patriotic), experience SM/SML melodies, identify SM/SML scale tones and hand signals and demonstrate contour.

Harmony Objectives:
Develop a proper mallet technique, demonstrate simple bordun (chord) and experience ostinato.

Form Objectives:
Experience same/different, identify phrase, identify introduction, identify repeat sign and identify same/different as AB (ABA).

Timbre Objectives:
Identify unpitched percussion, differentiate between vocal qualities (speak/sing/whisper/shout), demonstrate dynamics (loud/quiet), classify unpitched percussion (wood/metal/skin), identify four levels of body percussion (snap/clap/pat/stamp) and classify pitched percussion (wood/metal).

Children's literature used in GAMEPLAN Grade 1:
Drummer Hoff (item 835719)
It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (item 836125)
The Very Busy Spider (item 835394)

The children's books are available at a savings in a set, item 840246. The Charts & Visuals that correlate with Grade 1 are item 550061. GAMEBOARD, item 550062, has classroom visuals that are a companion piece to the GAMEPLAN curriculum.

Songs and Poems:

A - H: Acka Backa, A Kite, All About Success, All Around the Buttercup, All Around the Circle, Allison's Camel, America, Baker's Hat, Bell Horses, Big Black Cats, Bounce High Bounce Low, Bunnies on the Move, Candy Store, Celebrate the Presidents, Chase the Squirrel, Christmas Now is Over, Clap Clap Clap Your Hands, Criss-cross Applesauce, Do As I'm Doing, Drip Drop, Drummer Hoff, Eency Weency Spider, Engine Engine, Fang and Twang, Five Little Monkeys, The Gallant Ship, Go All Around the Village, Gobble Gobble Gobble, Hanukah is Here, Hello Everybody, Hickory Dickory Dock, Higglety Pigglety Pop, Hippity Hop, Hop Old Squirrel, Hunting for Instruments!

I - R: I Can Play the Wood Block, I Hope!, I Lost My Glove, I Think Music's Neat, It's Not Easy Being a Bunny, Jack and Jill, Jack-in-the-Box, Jim Along Josie, Jump Jim Joe, The Kangaroo, La Pinata, Legs and All, Little Jack Pumpkin Face, Little Red Caboose, Look at Me, Lucky Me!, Lucy Locket, March is Here Now, Melodrama, Mexican Counting Song, Miss Mary Mack, Monkey See and Monkey Do, The Muffin Man, Now's the Time, Oh What Fun!, The Old Gray Cats Are Sleeping, Oliver Twist, One Two Three, Otto Goes to the Beach, Pease Porridge Hot, Punchinella, Rain on the Green Grass

S - Z: Saw Saw Saw Away, She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain, Sing Me Your Name, Snowflakes, Somebody's Knocking at Your Door, The Squirrel, Stirring My Brew, Sugar Sugar, Teddy Bear, There's Music in a Hammer, Time for Toys, Tres Pajaritos, Two Little Apples, Valentine, The Very Busy Spider, Walk and Stop, Weekend Fun, Welcome Back to School, What Shall We Do When We All Go Out?, What Will You Be?, Willum, Yankee Doodle, Yuki Song


All of the musical examples used in this curriculum are listed on page X (10) of the Preface. Individual tracks can be purchased as available on iTunes.

The following recordings, listed on page X, are available from West Music:

Rhythmically Moving Recordings: Vol 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8

Vol. 1 #850843

Vol. 3 #850845

Vol. 5 #850847

Vol. 6 #850848

Vol. 8 #850850

The complete 9-volume set #850842 is available at a savings.


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Why did you choose this?
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Great for general music
Deborah F on Aug 28, 2014
Just received the fourth grade curriculum - I think with adding some music history this will be a great curriculum
Peggy P on Jul 1, 2013
Great for general music
Deborah F on Aug 28, 2014
the teachers in my district are all using game plan in their younger grades and I wanted to have my own copy
Stephanie H on Sep 3, 2013
Just received the fourth grade curriculum - I think with adding some music history this will be a great curriculum
Peggy P on Jul 1, 2013
Excellent for all kids. I love how simple and enjoyable it breaks everything down. Both for teachers and students.
Eric R on May 21, 2013
I added this volume to my resources for more planning ideas.
Phil M on Apr 29, 2013
Great, easy to use curriculum with a nice mix of movement, instrument and song activities.
Janet W on Apr 23, 2013
I read good reviews of this product and needed a curriculum resource for teaching first graders.
Anne G F on Jan 9, 2013
I chose this because I was so happy with the Kindergarten book.
Katherine D on Nov 29, 2012
This is full of great plans that are easy to teach and enjoyable. If you need something that will have quick and easy songs and rhymes this is a great resource. There are also movement activities and visuals in the back
Justin M on Nov 26, 2012
This is such an awesome curriculum!
Maria E on Oct 21, 2012
I've heard great things Gameplan and I need help coming up with lesson plans--so hoping for the best!
Joan M on Sep 5, 2012
I found numerous recommendations online for this particular curriculum.
Yvonne B on Aug 29, 2012
I have heard and seen so many wonderful things about Gameplan. I can't wait to use it in my teaching!
Janis L on Aug 19, 2012
High standard
Shane R on Jan 28, 2012
Fun & my students love the activities!
Veronica H on Sep 20, 2011
This will round out my curriculum. I now have the complete GAmeplan curriculum! Woo hoo!
Katherine P on Aug 27, 2011
the teachers in my district are all using game plan in their younger grades and I wanted to have my own copy
Stephanie H on Sep 3, 2013
Excellent for all kids. I love how simple and enjoyable it breaks everything down. Both for teachers and students.
Eric R on May 21, 2013
Is it necessary to buy all the extra visual aids with the Gameplan curriculum?
natalie h on Nov 15, 2012
BEST ANSWER: I did not buy any visual aids. There are pictures in the back of the books that show you what you need if you want to make them yourself. I learned about these books through a fellow teacher whose principal bought it ALL for her. If you have the money, they are very nice

I purchased K, 1, and 2 Teacher Guides out of my own pocket. My friend showed me the extras and I know that I can make my own if I need them.

By the way, my students really like the activities. This is supplemental material for me; I will take anything that works from any teacher and I share too. Hope this helps.
I am a homeschool mom. I used to teach in the regular classroom. I can read music. I played the violin and am teaching myself to play piano. I am not a music specialist. I only took one music class in college (the same class every education major takes). Will I be able to teach this curriculum to my 6 year old daughter? Or should I pick something else? I want a curriculum that does a good job, but something that I can understand.
A shopper on Oct 14, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Hi there! Honestly, I would not recommend this curriculum for a home-school situation. It uses cooperative games and instruments that music classrooms would have. Also, it is written specifically for music specialists who have been trained in teaching music to children.

You might look into the Musicplay Curriculum. It has some cross-curricular activities available, and not many instruments are needed, although, having those would greatly enhance the program. Another possibility is the curriculum known as "First Steps" by John Fiereabend. Another thought is to put your daughter into private lessons or in a church choir situation. That way she will get all the benefits of music from trained music teachers. Good luck!
I have grades 1-8 for music 1 time/week (35-45 minute classes) in my small Christian school. I'm wondering how I would adapt this 60 min/week curriculum for my needs. Funds are limited. Any suggestions? Are any of you in a similar situation who have used this curriculum in a nontradtional way?
Lori M on Jan 15, 2013

I have grades 1-5 for music, and I have this curriculum for all of those grades. I have 40-minute classes and see them in a rotation of once every four days -- so close to once each week. Here's how I adapt: 1. Sometimes, I just have the lesson last more than one period depending on what is being taught. 2. Sometimes, I'll choose what I consider to be the "main parts' of the lesson, and skip some things like the rhythmic training sessions -- or put those into a different part of the lesson. 3. Sometimes, I'll use a song or a game, but shorten the time that we concentrate on that game or song. 4. Sometimes, I'll use the song, and the instrument playing, but not add the game, or change the game to include more students, so you are able to get through the game in a shorter period of time.

I think it truly depends on what you think is important for your students to know at the end of the day. I love this curriculum! OH! And, just to let you know, last year, I didn't really complete the curriculum with my 4th graders, so, this year, as 5th graders, they're actually doing lots of review! They don't even really remember that they've done it, and on songs where they do, I'm just pulling out different aspects of those songs -- or adding more time in playing the orchestration.

Good luck!
What are the recordings like?
Georgene D on Dec 26, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Gameplan includes a list in the front of each book of the recordings used. you can buy them individually as you need or want to use them... or there is an option to buy all of grade 1 in a set through i tunes. I initially bought all the music, however if money is tight I would recommend purchasing as you use them. I think the music recordings are high quality, lots of classical music. My kids really like the music and the curriculum!
We have Promethean Boards in our district. Are there whiteboard interactive portions to this program and are they compatible with promethean boards?
Opal R on Oct 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: GamePlan makes supplemental materials that go along with their curriculum books. The GAMEPLAN Grade 1 Charts and Visuals with Digital Resources, item# 530484, is sold separately and includes the following: These charts and visuals correlate with the Gameplan Grade 1 curriculum. There are full-color spiral-bound charts and 238 visuals, cards and manipulatives labelled and organized in a convenient cardboard storage system.

Each set of Charts & Visuals now contains a Digital Supplement created with the SMART Notebook software and accredited with SMART's Premium Content Status. The Digital Supplement contains all of the Charts and approximately 50% of the Visuals. (Not all visuals are intended for digital use. Visuals used as flash cards or in small group work are NOT included in the digital supplement.) In addition to the SMART file, all of the Charts are also included in Power Point format. The Digital Supplement does not include lesson plans from the curriculum or any of the recordings.

•18 full color charts (19" x 26") spiral bound in chronological order
•Classroom set (20) of 3-line staff cards and disks for melodic notation
•Classroom set (20) of 6 unpitched percussion cards for timbre identification games
•15 four-beat rhythm cards reinforcing Grade One rhythmic patterns
•10 color-coded shape cards to help children learn about form
•12 visuals, cards, and manipulatives that accompany specific lessons
•Total of 260 pieces labeled and organized in a convenient storage system
Does this come with a CD(s)?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: All of the music is only available as a download on iTunes.
Hi, how can I see a lesson sequence and a sample lesson?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Please contact us at, and we would be happy to email you a sample lesson.
Can you tell me what the ISBN 10 or ISBN 13 for this item is?
Michelle on May 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The ISBN is 9780976765004
hi, would this work for preschool? 4-5 year olds?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would try the GamePlan Kindergarten book - the activities are more suited to younger students.
copyright date??
Brenda P on May 12, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The copyright date for Gameplan grade 1 is 2005.
I just purchased the Gameplan 2 for my second graders, and so far, love it, but since I started using it early October, and am working through in sequence, I've noticed that a lot of the October plans involve Halloween....and I won't be getting to that until mid-November. Any suggestions for adapting the use, if you don't start the first week of school? Am thinking about getting Gameplan 1, to start early November, but am wondering if I will have the same problem. Reason I am getting these materials now has to do with the new requirements of our school division. I've never been a fan of the music series recordings, have used folk music as the basis for curriculum, so I was attracted to Game Plan based on the number of traditional rhymes, songs and singing games included. Not a fan of "original" music, for the most part.
Julie J on Oct 22, 2014

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