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GAMEPLAN Grade 4 Curriculum



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The soprano recorder is introduced in this grade level and there is a packet of songs and activities that can be reproduced for your students. Almost all weekly lessons use the recorder at some point. The 12-bar blues is also explored in this grade level. - Kathy

GAMEPLAN Curriculum Grade Four
By Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles
Spiral-bound book
168 pages

Each grade level in the series includes 35 weeks of lesson plans for the elementary music specialist. The curriculum is organized chronologically through the school year from September to May with 4 lessons per month each with approximately 60 minutes of activities. GAMEPLAN organizes musical objectives in a logical progression that is educationally sound and developmentally appropriate. Lessons are presented in a concise format that is practical, easy to follow and user-friendly.

Grade 4 has over 150 activities. New to Grade 4 is Cool Tunes, a set of 22 reproducible pages for students that introduce the soprano recorder with songs and activities integrated throughout the year. The songs represent a logical progression of introducing notes and fingerings. The packet includes a fingering chart, worksheets, and a certificate of completion.
Note progression: B A G E D C'

Rhythm Objectives:
Demonstrate pulse, identify syncopation, demonstrate Question-Answer (body percussion/unpitched/barred instruments/recorder), label eighth rest, experience accelerando/ritardando, label pick-up (anacrusis), visualize 6/8, demonstrate conducting in 3 and identify triplet.

Melody Objectives:
Develop a repertoire of songs (folk/seasonal/multicultural/patriotic), review treble clef lines and spaces, experience BAGEDC' on soprano recorder, demonstrate Question-Answer on recorder (GM/em pentatonic), experience countermelody, identify Ti, identify ledger lines, experience scale and label sharp/flat.

Harmony Objectives:
Demonstrate proper mallet technique, experience canon/round, experience ostinato, demonstrate simple bordun (level), distinguish between major/minor, demonstrate moving bordun and experience I-V.

Form Objectives:
Demonstrate phrase, experience rondo, identify A', label D. C. al Fine, experience additive form and experience 12-bar blues.

Timbre Objectives:
Identify recorder family, identify orchestral woodwind family, identify orchestral brass family and identify pianissimo/fortissimo.

The set of Charts & Visuals (530284) that correlates with the curriculum book is available separately. GAMEBOARD, item 550062, is a set of classroom visuals that is a companion to the GAMEPLAN curriculum.

Children's literature used in GAMEPLAN Grade 4:
Follow the Drinking Gourd (item 820537)
The Napping House (item 835986)
Possum Come a-Knockin' (item 835957)

The children's books are available at a savings in a set, item 840249.


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.

Rhythmically Moving CDs 2, 4, and 8

CD 2 #850844

CD 4 #850846

CD 8 #850850

Contrast and Continuum Vol. 4 #850222

Chimes of Dunkirk Book/CD #839920

Listen to the Mockingbird Book/CD #815521


Songs and Poems:

A - G: A' My Name Is, Alabama Gal, The Blacksmith, The Bridge of Athlone, Bubble Gum Bubble Gum, Chipper Chopper Joe, Christmas Bells, Creating Haiku, Ding Dong Diggidiggidong, Do It Well!, Doctor Bell, Early to Bed, Exploring Pulse, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Four White Horses, French Song, Get Down, Get Up Get Up

H - O: Hi! High C, H-O-L-I-D-A-Y-S!, Hot Cross Buns, How 'bout a Pie?, I'll Play a Question, I Want to Rise, It's in the B-A-G!, Jump!, Listen, Little Train, Lost My Gold Ring, Lullaby, Name Game, The Napping House, No One in the House, Now Let Me Fly, Oh, It Ain't Gonna Rain, Old MacDonald, Old Tom White, One on One, Only in October, Over the River and Through the Wood

P - Z: Patty Cake Switch, Peter Piper, Poison Game, Possum Come A-Knockin', Queen Queen Caroline, The Radio Game, Rain Rain, Rhythmic Canons I #7, Rhythmic Dictation Game, Rhythmic Rondos Exercise #3, Rhythmic Dictation Game, Roll the Chariot, Roses are Red, Sagidi Sapopo, Sally in the Kitchen, Sansa Kroma, Scales are a Breeze, Shades of Blue, Shake the Papaya Down, Shout Little Lulu, Snow Day, The Staff Has Five, There Will Be Weather, This is a Piece for Drums, Tom Dooley, Ton Moulin, Whoops!, Yangtze Boat Song

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I am slowly adding to my Game Plan collection. Now I have grades K-4.
Anne S on Aug 25, 2014
I already had K-3, and they were fantastic, so I went ahead and got the next grade.
Laura C on Jul 31, 2014
I was Orff trained by Randy & Jeff, Levels 1 & 2. I know the quality and variety of their materials so I knew what I was getting. I've used the curriculum for 2 years and wouldn't replace it with anything else.
Mary Ann M on Aug 14, 2014
Great pacing and enhances the children's minds.
Eric R on Jul 22, 2013
I am about to start my second year teaching at my current school. The students did not have music prior to last year, so they are very behind. I purchased the Kindergarten book last year and loved it! I was able to adapt it for use with first grade, and sometimes second grade since the students have no been exposed to music before. I would like to get a book to use with my older students this year, but I am concerned that the fourth grade book may be a bit too advanced for my students this year. If you were in my position, would you buy the grade four book, or do you think grade 3 might be a better fit?

Katie A on Jul 15, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Katie,

Considering the fact that the kids had no music whatsoever before this last school year, I would probably go with Grade 3. There are a lot of basic music concepts covered in grade 3 that are then requisite knowledge for the activities in the grade 4 book. Now, there are also many activities in the grade 3 book that are too young for older grades, so make good choices when carrying activities over to grades 4 and 5. But there are a lot of lessons that I think you will be able to use effectively in your upper grades. Good luck!

Breanna Coe

P.S. I've been teaching grades 3-5 for 10 years and am happy to help with any other questions/concerns you may have. Drop me a line at breannacoe at gmail dot com if you'd like.
Reply (1) · Report · Charlotte C on Jul 15, 2013
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I see that this item is currently out of stock. Does that mean that there is a new copyright / edition being printed? I have Grade 3 currently and love how it ties into the National Standards. However, with the new National Standards having been released last summer, is there a new edition being made to tie to the new standards?

Our district is looking into changing our k-4/5 curriculum over to GamePlan and we want to wait to purchase if a new edition is on the horizon.

Thank you!
Amanda on Apr 29, 2016
Best Answer: At this time the Gameplan curriculum have no plans to update as well as the new standards might not being adopted by each state.

The item is simply on backorder at this time.
Reply · Report · Mark JStaff on Apr 29, 2016
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Can someone tell me what the copyright date for the gameplan 4th and 5th grade books are? I have to include that in my order request and I can't find the information anywhere. Thanks!

A shopper on Sep 16, 2013
Best Answer: Gameplan 4th is copyright 2008
Gameplan 5th is copyright 2009
Reply · Report · Mary Ann M on Sep 18, 2013
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I am considering buying GamePlan 4 to use with my 4th and 5th graders, as I am afraid that the 5th grade Game Plan may be too advanced for my 5th graders.
Would the songs be to childish to use with my 5th graders? Would there be enough material to use with 5th grade if I do not use the recorder songs? (I do a keyboard unit in 5th grade as recorder is done in 3rd and 4th grades)
Could I use the recorder material with 4th grade if they already had recorder karate in 3rd grade, but only learned BAGE?
Shirley P on Aug 10, 2013
Best Answer: My kids started recorder karate in 4th grade, and some of the recorder material was too advanced for them, but should be fine for your kids if they already had a year of it. I have both the 4th and 5th grade books, and there were definitely songs that can go both ways, up or down. I would not rely on it as your only source for both grades, but the latter half of the book should work for your 5th graders.
Reply · Report · Andrea T on Aug 12, 2013
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is there a cost break for purchasing k-6?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2012
Best Answer: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any discount on this item. Even if you were to order grades K-5 (there is currently no grade 6).
Reply · Report · Amy LStaff on Aug 7, 2012
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Hi, I work for a small private school that had barley any formal music education until I started working there last year. They cannot afford much curriculum so we worked on some basics and music history etc. last year. This year however, I am trying to get them to buy at least 2 of the game plan books to help me as a guide. I teach K thru 5th as of now. I was thinking of getting the 1st grade book and using it as a base for K-2nd. And I was wanting to get one to help with 3rd thru 5th as well, but the school doesn't have the money to buy many instruments ( we have some triangles and rhythm sticks etc.) so no recorders or anything. Could we do the 4th grade curriculum and adapt the information without recorders? Or is that impossible? Or would it be best to buy 3rd and stretch it to 5th grade? I've never used game plan before.
Maddie B on Jun 5, 2016
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What percentage of this is based on recorder lessons? We do recorder in third grade but not 4/5th so I want to make sure there is enough useable content to make purchasing worth it.
Melanie D on Sep 4, 2014
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