Grab a ukulele and get on board! Using ukuleles in an elementary general music class can open new experiences for your students. These fun and easy to play instruments encourage singing while promoting confidence and musical independence. Ukuleles also provide an additional way for you to observe student progress and assess musical understanding.
UKULELES ON BOARD, by Marty Gross and Sally Haines, is a collection of sequential lessons that illustrate how teachers can use ukuleles along with other common classroom resources to create engaging, robust musical activities for students. Examples are provided for using ukuleles together with Orff instruments, recorders, a variety of percussion and even jug band instruments. Each unit includes digital access to step-by-step projectable lesson slides so you can project all the visual cues your students will need. In addition to being easy to learn and fun, the folk songs used throughout the book provide students with cultural and historical connections. The activities and concepts found in UKULELES ON BOARD are based on the National Standards for Music Education. The material has been field-tested in grades 2-4, but is also appropriate for fifth-grade students who are new to the ukulele. This is a valuable guide to using ukuleles to support and enhance the music curriculum in your school.
Songs include: Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacques!); Michael Finnegan; Buffalo Gals; Joe Turner Blues; Shalom Chaverim; I Love the Mountains; Little 'Liza Jane; Hambone; One Bottle of Pop; Pay Me My Money Down; Let Us Chase the Squirrel; Go Tell Aunt Rhody; Old Joe Clark
Suggested for grades 2-5