What to Teach When Grades 2-3


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What to Teach When Gr 2 – 3
A Thoughtful and Engaging Music Curriculum
By Don Dupont and Brian Hiller
Spiral-bound Book and CD-ROM
88 pages
Grades 2 – 3

What to Teach When is a thoughtful and engaging music curriculum. Following an elemental approach, the curriculum targets developmentally appropriate skills that every second and third grade student should master in the areas of melody, rhythm, form, timbre, and texture.

The lessons and repertoire have been carefully selected and sequenced so that concepts are spiraled and built upon with each new piece. Samples of fully processed lesson plans and assessments are included at the end of each grade-level section. Brian and Don have also provided all of their visual aids used in teaching these pieces. The visual aids are available in full color on the included CD-ROM, and may be projected or printed. You will need a PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader to access the digital files.

This resource builds on the concepts introduced in the kindergarten through first grade volume of the What to Teach When curriculum (# 843759).

Second Grade

Deedle Deedle Dumpling, Rain Rain Go Away, Mary Ann, Sorida, Mother Mother, Jubilee!, Page’s Train, Bell Horses, Who’s That?, Dictation, What Is the Color That You Like Best?, Great Big House in New Orleans, Who Sells Seashells?, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Here Comes a Bluebird, Humpty Dumpty, Create a Tableau, I Got a Letter, Swan Swam, Sarasponda, One Two Three Four, Mr. Tyler’s Clock Store, Hop Old Squirrel, Hot Cross Buns, Five Little Monkeys, Clap Your Hands, Tideo, A Ram Sam Sam, Au Clair de la Lune, The Carrot Seed, The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Sample Lesson Plan: Little Drops of Water

Second-Grade Assessment: Let’s Compose!


Third Grade

Instrument Rondelet, Muvili Zuma Zuma, Go to Sleep, Doctor Foster, Feel the Meter, Tongo, Bwana Awabariki, Strawberry Pie, Fais Dodo, Soundscapes, Now I Know My ABCs, Hear the Falling Rain, Haiku, You Ask a Question, Ring Out the Old, Jim Along Josie, Train’s Off the Track, Pinocchio, Dessert Rondo, Play Ball!, Look Before You Leap, Hole in the Bucket, We Shall Have Weather, Canoe Song, Somebody’s Knockin’ at Your Door, Chatter with the Angels, Seasons Change, Spring, Wade in the Water, Feel the Beat! , Derry Ding Dong Dason, The Little Bells of Westminster, Kookaburra

Sample Lesson Plan: Here Are Some Proverbs

Third-Grade Assessment: Listen for the Meter!

Soprano Recorder Fingering Guide
Second-Grade Scope and Sequence
Third-Grade Scope and Sequence
Instrument Glossary


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