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Free Lesson Plan

This month we are happy to bring you a free lesson plan for working with a delightful fishing song from Taiwan. This lesson is from Purposeful Pathways, Book 3 by BethAnn Hepburn and Roger Sams. It includes Kodaly-based literacy work, an Orff arrangement, body percussion with an opportunity for students to create hand clapping patterns, composing using rhythmic building blocks, and dance making. There is enough joyful learning to keep your mid to upper elementary students eagerly engaged for several class periods. As with all lessons in the Purposeful Pathways model, you pick and choose the pathways that you’d like to work with. You don’t have to use all of the pathways to co-create beautiful music and dance with your students. Choose the ones that work best for you. Enjoy!

Recorder Lesson: Green Sally Up – Teaching With Orff

In this excerpt from Recorder: A Creative Sequence*, Alan Purdum shares his lesson for soprano recorder, Green Sally Up. Students use low D and E for playing and improvising, and experience the jazz elements in a children’s hand clapping game. *Copyright © 2014 by Cedar River Music. Used with permission. The third volume in the Creative Sequence series,… Read more »

Source: Recorder Lesson: Green Sally Up – Teaching With Orff

Lesson: Shaping Up Creative Movement – Teaching With Orff

LeslieAnne Bird shares her process for utilizing the elements of movement to interpret the English folk song “The Keys of Canterbury” in her lesson: Shaping Up Creative Movement. The lesson encourages students to review and take inspiration from a performance by Dance Studio Kadans, which can be found in this YouTube video.

Source: Lesson: Shaping Up Creative Movement – Teaching With Orff