Grade 4 Lesson 19

In this lesson you will

Play Basketball rhythms

Read, sing and play the notes B, A, G on a virtual xylophone.

You will create your own melody on B, A, G

Alternate Activity:  If you have recorders at home, or are allowed to play recorders in-person, continue the Recorder unit.


  • I can read, create and play melodies and rhythms
  • I can sing and move to music

Teaching Procedure

1 Find a ball to review rhythms

Play the Ball bouncing rhythms with the video

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

2 Print or draw note values to compose with

Print the note values from the supporting resources
Draw your own set of note values on a piece of paper.

Make several sets, so you can create your own ball bouncing rhythm.

3 Ball Bouncing Audio 1

Use the note values above

4 Ball Bouncing Audio

This audio is faster - it will be a challenge!

5 Review "Just B"

play the recorder melodies on the virtual xylophone

In the upper left corner it says "Choose Song"

Select the songs to practice.
Review songs #1-2-3.
Learn #4-5-6-7.

6 Compose a new melody using B, A and G

Use Level 5 to create a new B A G melody.

Do you like your melody?

If you want to try something else, refine it.

Draw a staff and copy your melody onto the staff.
Or - write the letter names for your composition on a piece of paper.
If you are able to print, a melody composition worksheet is given above.

7 Sample Composition

This is a sample BAG composition.

Try playing this composition on the virtual xylophone below. (or your recorder)

8 Play your composition on the virtual xylophone.

Try playing the sample composition above on the virtual xylophone below. (or your recorder)

If you made a copy of your own composition, try playing it.