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GAMEPLAN Curriculum Grade Five
By Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles
Spiral-bound book
172 pages

Each grade level in the GAMEPLAN 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.

The Grade Five curriculum book includes over 135 activities that help children learn about music in an active way. Also included is Hot Tunes.

Hot Tunes is a separate 22-page set of reproducible songs and activities for soprano recorder. It continues the study of soprano recorder from Grade Four with materials integrated through the year. The songs represent a logical progression of reviewing and introducing notes and fingerings, and the packet includes a fingering chart, worksheets, and a certificate of completion.

The correlating Charts and Visuals, item 530321, are available separately. GAMEBOARD, item 550062, is a set of classroom visual and is companion to the GAMEPLAN curriculum.

Rhythm Objectives:

Demonstrate pulse, identify syncopation, demonstrate Question-Answer (body percussion/unpitched/barred instruments/recorder), experience mixed meter, 5/4, 7/8 and demonstrate conducting in 4.

Melody Objectives:
Develop a repertoire of songs (folk/seasonal/multicultural/patriotic), review treble clef lines and spaces, experience BAGEDC'D'F#CF on soprano recorder, demonstrate Question-Answer on recorder and barred instruments (GM/em pentatonic), experience mixolydian and dorian melodies, and label countermelody and descant.

Harmony Objectives:
Demonstrate proper mallet technique, experience canon/round, experience ostinato, distinguish between major/minor, label I-V, I-VII and I-IV-V, experience 2-part and 3-part recorder, demonstrate part singing and experience 3-part score reading.

Form Objectives:
Demonstrate phrase, experience rondo, label 1st and 2nd endings, experience additive form and label Theme and Variations.

Timbre Objectives:
Demonstrate musical expression through speaking, singing and moving, identify mezzoforte, identify orchestral families and explore found sounds.

Children's literature used in GAMEPLAN Grade 5:
Grandfather Twilight (item 835732)
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (item 835715)

The children's books are available at a savings in a set, item 840250.

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 3, 6, and 9

CD 3 #850845

CD 6 #850858

CD 9 #850851

Chimes of Dunkirk Book/CD #839920

Listen to the Mockingbird Book/CD #815521

Songs and Poems:

A - E: 2 4 6 8, A Boy Named Sean, A Rondo for Instruments, All Mixed Up!, An Apple a Day, B-A-G Review, Bim Bam, The Birch Tree, The Boston Tea Party, Canon Exercises #3, Chick-a-li-lee-lo, Chick Chick Chatterman, Christmas Is Coming, Christmas Is Here, Concentration, Constructing a Melody, Creating a Sound Carpet, Cumberland Gap, Cup Game, Dis Solda La, The Elephant Carries a Great Big Trunk

F - Q: "Five" for the Monkey, The Fly, Good Morning, Goodnight Ladies, Grandfather Twilight, Hasta Pronto, High D's Hot!, Hosisipa, I Eat My Peas with Honey, I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows, Instrumental Piece #40, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Look Out!, Lucky Seven!, Mary, Mixed Fruit, Movement Charades, Old Man Mosey, Operator Operator, Out Goes the Rat, Performing a Rhythm in Movement, Pomme de Reinette, Praise the Fire, Puzzled Movement

R - Z: Rattle on the Stovepipe, Rhythm Game, Rhythmic Exercises #8, Run For Your Life!, Sambalele, Sea Lion Woman, Skin and Bones, Spider Stew, St. Paddy's Movement Game, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Thank You for the Christmas, This Little Light of Mine, To Stop the Train, Tom Dooley Descant, Two is Company, Welcome All, Welcome All Variations\

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I have been using Gameplan with all of my younger students with great success. I can't wait to see what Grade 5 has in store for my fifth graders this year!
Samantha K on Oct 19, 2013
Very well thought out and varied teaching tools!
Jill S on Jul 30, 2013
I love the series and use it almost daily in my general music class!
Kathleen G on Aug 16, 2013
Excellent resource for any elementary music teacher, new or veteran, with fantastic ideas, songs, instrumental activities, recorder inclusion and much more! I love this series, it has changed the way I teach forever!
Michele A on Jan 19, 2013
How do you get the recordings? I keep getting an error when it try's to connect to iTunes Store.
Pamela D on Aug 20, 2013
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Does this come with music books for the kids? What resources are available for the kids to actually use in the classroom?
jshepherd on Jun 16, 2016
Best Answer: This is an Orff based lesson plan and curriculum. It does use recorded music and student books which are sold separately. Please contact us at if you wish to see a sample lesson.
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I'm not a pianist. Will this be a good resource for me? Are there CD's available?

Do you need to have mallet instruments to use this book? I teach in a school with very limited resources and don't have access to bells and barred instruments.
jshepherd on Jun 15, 2016
Best Answer: Gameplan grade 5 has almost 20 arrangements for the barred Orff instruments included in the lessons. If you do not have any barred instruments, you would need to be creative and substitute body percussion or unpitched percussion. Do you have a guitar or piano? I think you might want to use a guitar or piano (you or students) to play the bass part so that there would be some harmonic foundation for singing those songs. It is optimal to have Orff instruments, but with creative substitutions, you could still teach most of the music concepts.

There are about 5 or 6 relatively short piano accompaniments that are not terribly difficult. Some of those could be played on a guitar instead.

Do you have access to any unpitched percussion – woods, drums, metals, scrapers and shakers? There are many opportunities to add unpitched percussion like temple blocks, frame drum, big drum (conga or tubano or a large frame or buffalo drum) , guiro, wood block, claves, sleigh bells, triangle, finger cymbals, tambourine, etc.

There are no CDs with accompaniments for the songs. There are some movement recordings that are used in lessons from these resources: Rhythmically Moving CDs #3, 6, and 9; Teaching Movement & Dance (has instructions for the dances on Rhythmically Moving CDs); Chimes of Dunkirk; and Listen to the Mockingbird. We do carry and sell all of these products. They are good are resources for any curriculum.

Other recordings for listening lessons are listed in the book and could be purchased on itunes or perhaps you would already have some of the recording. A couple examples are “Take Five” from Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, “Badiniere” from Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Orchestral Suites.
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