Grade 4 Back to School 3

In this lesson, you will:

  • make up our own rhythms
  • echo body percussion
  • create your own body percussion and do with music
  • #110 “Star Spangled Banner” – learn about the “Star Spangled Banner” and define some of the words used
  • learn about “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and complete a worksheet about the song


  • I can echo body percussion and create my own body percussion.
  • I can define words used in the "Star Spangled Banner."
  • I can tell about the history of the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

Teaching Procedure

1 Echo Body Percussion

Echo body percussion.

This body percussion uses half and whole notes and rests.

Half notes or rests are 2 beats in 4/4 meter.

Whole notes or rests are 4 beats in 4/4 meter.

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2 Create Your Own Body Percussion Patterns

Create your own body percussion patterns and play them with the audio that is given.

Include some half notes (2 beats) and whole notes (4 beats) in your creation.

Song Used: Star Spangled Banner

3 Learn About the "Star Spangled Banner"

Review page 1-15 of the "Star Spangled Banner" interactive activity.

On page 15 of the activity, you can sing the "Star Spangled Banner."

Do the interactive activity that follows. In the next activity, you'll be asked to write down the definitions of the words. (optional)

Song Used: Star Spangled Banner

4 Optional: Write the Definitions of Some of the words to "Star Spangled Banner"

Optional: Write the definitions of some of the words to "Star Spangled Banner."

You can download and print the worksheet given in supporting resources.
Save ink and paper by writing the definitions out on a piece of paper.

5 Read About the Song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and Answer the Questions

Read about the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and answer the questions.

You can download and print the pdf file from supporting resources above.
Read from the image here and answer the questions on a piece of paper.

6 Listen to a Performance of the Song "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

Listen to the Kirk Franklin performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" on SafeShare.

Can you sing along?

7 Review Any of the Songs You Like or Find New Favourites!

Repetition is one of the ways that we learn something well.

Students improve singing on pitch, learn the lyrics and melody better with each repetition.

Students will develop their musicality if you sing, move, and play more often!

Keep a list of the songs and activities that you like, and use the search tool to find them.