GAMEPLAN Curriculum Grade Four an Active Music Curriculum for Children by Jeff Kriske and Randy DeLelles is the fifth volume in the GAMEPLAN curriculum. 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 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 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
**Statement from Randy DeLelles and Jeff Kriske - Co-Authors, GAMEPLAN: An Active Music Curriculum for Children**
"GAMEPLAN is a K-5 elementary music curriculum predominantly based on folk material. At the time of publication (2005-2011) we were unaware some of the content had a racist history, marginalized a specific culture, or had verses with derogatory terms or adult themes.
Understanding the hurtful nature of these songs, we are in the process of identifying alternative activities and will post them at kid-sounds.com when available. Until then, please use your judgement when considering which activities you choose to share with your students.
Below is a list of the songs and rhymes in question along with each concern.
If there are other songs or rhymes you believe need to be added to this list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your input while we work through this process as we want to remedy what was an unintentional offense."
No One in the House, p. 40, 45 (Derogatory term)
Tom Dooley, p. 16, 72 (Violence, Adult theme)
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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