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Looking to use Middle School Lesson 9 in your Middle School classroom?

You'll also cover the themes of: USA Patriotic Songs, Peace

Middle School Lesson 9

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Themes(s):
USA Patriotic Songs, Peace
Grades(s):
Middle School
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Introduction

In this lesson you will

  1. Play along with “Stars and Stripes”
  2. Watch students do the basketball routine for “Grand Old Flag & Stars and Stripes Forever”
  3. Teach the basketball routine for “Grand Old Flag & Stars and Stripes Forever”
  4. Option: Teach the cup game for “Stars and Stripes Forever”
  5. Option: Play the cup game for “Stars and Stripes Forever”
  6. Read the poem “In Flanders Fields”
  7. Listen and discuss “In Flanders Fields”
  8. Play on a bucket or desk with the song “Nothing but Peace”
  9. Learn to play part 2
  10. Learn to play part 3
  11. Play buckets with the entire song “Nothing but Peace”

Extensions:

Musicplay is a menu. The teacher is not expected to teach every song or activity. Choose the songs and activities from the list that will best fit your schedule and the needs of your students.

Objectives

  • I can read rhythms.
  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can perform rhythms on instruments.

Play along with "Stars and Stripes"

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Listening Selection Used: “The Stars and Stripes Forever”

Play along with "Stars and Stripes"

Warm up with the play along for "Stars and Stripes Forever"

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Watch students do the basketball routine for "Grand Old Flag & Stars and Stripes Forever"

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Unit Used: Basketball Performance Ideas

Watch students do the basketball routine for "Grand Old Flag & Stars and Stripes Forever"

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Teach the basketball routine for "Grand Old Flag & Stars and Stripes Forever"

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Unit Used: Basketball Performance Ideas

Teach the basketball routine for "Grand Old Flag & Stars and Stripes Forever"

The audio and PDF instructions are available in the unit: Basketball Performance Ideas.

Option: Teach the cup game for "Stars and Stripes Forever"

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Listening Selection Used: “The Stars and Stripes Forever”

Option: Teach the cup game for "Stars and Stripes Forever"

If you don't have basketballs consider teaching the cup game for "Stars and Stripes Forever".

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Option: Play the cup game for "Stars and Stripes Forever"

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Listening Selection Used: “The Stars and Stripes Forever”

Option: Play the cup game for "Stars and Stripes Forever"

Play along with the cup game notation video.

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Read the poem "In Flanders Fields"

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Song Used: In Flanders Fields

Read the poem "In Flanders Fields"

Read the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae to the students. Discuss how they might arrange the poem if they were setting it to music.

Listen and discuss "In Flanders Fields"

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Song Used: In Flanders Fields

Listen and discuss "In Flanders Fields"

Listen to the setting of the poem by Craig Cassils. Ask the students to describe the music and think about why the composer made the choices he did.

- Is it fast or slow?
- Is it loud or quiet? Does it get louder?
- Why do you think the composer wrote it like this?
- What instruments were chosen for the orchestration?
- Why do you think a trumpet solo was added at measure 39?
- Why do you think the composer chose to repeat the first part of the poem in the song?

Extension: How would you set it to music? Add choreography? Add rhythm band? Add ukulele/guitar chords?

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Play on a bucket or desk with the song "Nothing but Peace"

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Song Used: Nothing but Peace

Play on a bucket or desk with the song "Nothing but Peace"

Play on a bucket or desk with the song "Nothing but Peace".

Learn to play part one. This is played with verse 1.
Practice this pattern until you are confident. This first pattern is tricky!
Replay the video as needed.

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Learn to play part 2

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Song Used: Nothing but Peace

Learn to play part 2

Learn to play part 2 of the song. This is played with verse 2.
Practice this pattern until you are confident.
Replay the video as needed.

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Learn to play part 3

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Song Used: Nothing but Peace

Learn to play part 3

Learn to play part 3. This is played with verse 3.
Practice this pattern until you are confident.
Replay the video as needed.

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Play buckets with the entire song "Nothing but Peace"

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Song Used: Nothing but Peace

Play buckets with the entire song "Nothing but Peace"

Play buckets with the entire song "Nothing but Peace".

Desk option: If you don't have buckets, you can drum on the desk.

click = click sticks
rim = edge of the desk
top = top of the desk
side = side of the desk

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