GAMEPLAN Grade 3 Curriculum


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GAMEPLAN Curriculum Grade Three
An active music curriculum for children
By Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles
Spiral-bound book
162 pages

Each grade level in the 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. there are over 170 activities in Grade 3. 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 (quarter note/half note/dotted half note/whole note), label whole note, label whole rest, label dotted half note, label sixteenth notes and experience Question-Answer technique (body percussion).

Melody Objectives:
Demonstrate proper vocal technique, develop a repertoire of songs (folk/seasonal/multicultural/patriotic), label staff, experience SLMRD melodies, identify D, identify L, experience SMRDL melodies, identify Fa scale tone and hand signal, identify S and label treble clef lines and spaces.

Harmony Objectives:
Demonstrate proper mallet technique, experience ostinato, distinguish between major/minor, demonstrate simple bordun (crossover), label canon/round and demonstrate score reading (two-part).

Form Objectives:
Demonstrate phrase, identify interlude, experience extended form and label rondo.

Timbre Objectives:
Differentiate between crescendo and decrescendo, identify orchestral string family, identify orchestral percussion family, demonstrate accent on hand drum and identify fermata.

The corresponding Charts and Visuals are available separately (827888). GAMEBOARD, item 550062, has classroom visuals and is a companion to the GAMEPLAN curriculum.

Children's literature used in GAMEPLAN Grade 3:
One Hundred Hungry Ants (item 836128)
Shake Dem Halloween Bones (item 835658)
Time for Bed (item 860939)

The children's books are available for a savings in a set, item 861038.

Songs and Poems:

A - I: 2 4 6 8, A Famous Man, A Rig-A-Jig-Jig!, Ama Lama, America, Bate Bate, Bear Hunting Song, Burn Little Candles, Captain Don't Side Track Your Train, Create a Rondo, Cross Down, Dancing Snowflakes, Do-Re-Mi-Fa, Double Trouble, Down to the Baker's Shop, Fuzzy Wuzzy, The Golden Rule, Great Big House, The Halloween Cat, Hand Drum Canon, Hill and Gully Rider, Hurry Hurry Mary Dear, I Can Play That!, I Can Read That!, I Got a Letter, I Love the Holidays, I'm Gonna Sing, I'm Hungry, Instrumental Piece #17, Instrumental Pieces III #32, It's in the B-A-G!, I Went to the Animal Fair

J - Q: Johnny on the Woodpile, Leprechauns, Wizards and Giants, Letters and Shapes, Li'l Liza Jane, Love Somebody, Mary Lost Her Coat, Movement Canon, My Horses Ain't Hungry, Nino Querido, Old Brass Wagon, Old Joe Clarke, One Hundred Hungry Ants, Once An Austrian Went Yodeling, Papa Moses, Pease Porridge Hot, Pizza Pizza

R - Z: The Radio Game, Remember Me, Rhythmic Canons 1 #2, Rocky Mountain, Sally Go 'Round the Sun, Sally in the Kitchen, Sausage in the Pan, Scotland's Burning, Shake Dem Halloween Bones, Smitty, The Staff Has Five, The Star Spangled Banner, Sweet Dreams, Talk to Me, That's the Way to the Zoo, Three Little Monkeys, Time for Bed, Two or More Groups, Two Reasons to Give Thanks, Up the Ladder, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, When the Saints Go Marching In, Willowbee, Why?


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 CDs 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8
CD 1 #850843

CD 2 #850844

CD 3 #850845

CD 5 #850847

CD 8 #850850 

Complete 9 volume set #850842 is a savings.

Contrast and Continuum Vol. 3 and 4

Vol. 3 #850221

Vol 4 #850222

Chimes of Dunkirk Book/CD #839920

Listen to the Mockingbird Book/CD #815521

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Why did you choose this?
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Great for general music
Deborah F on Aug 28, 2014
Easy and interactive.
Eric R on Jul 22, 2013
Great for general music
Deborah F on Aug 28, 2014
I wanted a well-sequenced curriculum
Laura C on Jul 31, 2014
Easy and interactive.
Eric R on Jul 22, 2013
I have the 4th and 5th Grade Game Plans, and experience with the 1st and 2nd grade. They are amazing. Randy and Jeff rock!
Jim N on Jan 10, 2013
Using Grades 1 and 2 in my classroom currently and love the curriculum!
Mark D on Nov 17, 2012
I am the only elementary music teacher in my district and want to improve my curriculum
Andrew T on Sep 2, 2012
Because it is amazing! I used it at my last school and I loved it.
Andrea L on Aug 28, 2012
I have Grade 1 and love organization and material.
Monica L on Jul 26, 2012
I've been a fan of the gameplan curriculum, it's easy to use, is well scaffolded and uses great pedagogy as a base. I'm working on collecting the whole set to keep!
Heather G on Mar 15, 2012
I wanted to try this curriculum. I have heard nothing but good things
Brian B on Mar 1, 2012
Great ideas for teaching general music to 3rd graders - especially if this is your first time.
Bobby boy on Oct 24, 2011
Excellent recorder resource.
Veronica H on Sep 20, 2011
I wanted a well-sequenced curriculum
Laura C on Jul 31, 2014
I have the 4th and 5th Grade Game Plans, and experience with the 1st and 2nd grade. They are amazing. Randy and Jeff rock!
Jim N on Jan 10, 2013
Is there a site where I can view what musical instruments are recommended for each grade level to match the curriculum?
A G on Jul 27, 2012
BEST ANSWER: I don't know of a site, but I worked with this book all last year and I can give you a little idea of what you'll need. By the way, it is fabulous!!! Every lesson was a big hit with my third graders, very challenging, well-designed, and fun!! Worth every penny!

It is an orff curriculum, so you will need.....

Xylophones(bass, sop, alto, glockenspiels)
hand drums
classroom percussion ins such as(triangles, wood blocks, shakers, sticks, guiro, cabasa, vibra slap, and cowbell)

Extra stuff-scarves, recordings used in series, you have to find on own. They sell the visuals as a separate package, check out West Music for that.

Hope this has been helpful. Enjoy!
Are the books aligned to any standards specifically the national standards from 2014?
Denise R on Jan 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These books were written prior to 2014(2009), but these books do align with The National Standards for Arts Education- Music Content Standards:
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
3. improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
5. Reading and notating music
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
7. Evaluating music and music performances
8. understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
9. understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Where can I preview this curriculum? I won't ask the district to purchase it if I can't see it and read through lessons.
A shopper on Aug 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We have preview lessons we can send via email. Please contact us at for more information.
Do they show Orff arrangements to use with the lessons in this book?
Jennifer R on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: yes they do. great book and curriculum!

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