Grade 4 Lesson 17

In this lesson, you will:

  • Review the staff – do activities #13-21 in interactive, worksheets, note name game – Note Name Memory
  • #44. “Clock Round” – review
  • play Basketball rhythms
  • Review: Easy Cup Game to Favorite Rag.  Complete a listening log.


  • I can read melodies and rhythms.
  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can create movement to music.

Teaching Procedure

1 Review the staff - activities 13-21

Read and review the staff, clefs, the treble clef, numbering of lines and spaces, and naming notes in lines and spaces.

2 Draw a staff and practice making musical words

Virtual: Have the students draw a staff. Have them find 5-8 coins, buttons, or small crackers/cereal to use as "notes".

Have the students spell musical words.
Here are some to get you started:
Cafe, Egg, Cabbage, Baggage, Deed, Deaf, Bead, Bed, Bead, bed, Caged, Deaf, Bade, Aced, Beg ,fade, Faded, Age, Cab, Badge, Faced, Decaf
How many words can you think of that use A B C D E F G ?

In Person: do the same. If students don't have materials to draw a staff, give them a photocopied staff and 5-8 bingo chips in a ziplock bag or cut notes out of cardstock for students to use.

3 Optional: Play Note Name Memory Game

Optional: Play Note Name Memory Game.

There are 3 options:
- notes in spaces
- notes on lines
- notes on the staff

There are 2 levels. Try both Level 1 and Level 2.

Song Used: Clock Round

4 Name the notes in song #44. “Clock Round”

Name the notes in the song.

Read the rhythms together.

Sing the pitch names in the song.

Song Used: Clock Round

5 Review song #44. “Clock Round”

Sing the song (if allowed).

If you can't sing, do the movement in the next activity.

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Song Used: Clock Round

6 Watch the class do the movements for the "Clock Round."

Watch the movements that the students do to this song.

Virtual: create movements that you can do as a solo.

In-person: create movements that you can do safely (play the recording above if you can't sing).
Other options include playing the melody on Orff instruments, or teaching the Orff arrangement for the song.

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7 Find a ball to review rhythms

Practice each ball bouncing note value.
1. whole note - bounce catch hold for 2
2. half note - bounce catch
3. quarter notes - toss the ball from hand to hand
4. eightht notes - toss the ball quickly back and forth from hand to hand

Then, the teacher should point to the note values and/or call out the note value and students bounce the balls using the note value called.

Try bouncing balls with one of the audio tracks that follow.

Try bouncing balls with a favorite pop song!

8 Ball Bouncing Audio 1

9 Ball Bouncing Audio 2

This audio is faster - it will be a challenge!

10 Review the easy cup game to "Favorite Rag"

Review the cup game for "Favorite Rag".

In-person or virtual: Do the pattern on the cups, and keep it - don't pass. Just pick it up and set it down.

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11 Complete a Listening Log on Favorite Rag

12 Audio track for "Favorite Rag"