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Music Resources for Teachers

Bring some music into your classroom with lessons and printables! Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month in March or enjoy music on a regular basis with your students. We have multicultural activities incorporating Mexican, Native American, Chinese, and South American music into your curriculum; you'll find printable instructions for building musical instruments; they'll learn the history of musical genres like Rock 'n' Roll and Jazz with detailed references; and of course, there are lyrics of plenty of songs for you and your class to sing and enjoy!

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Music


The Story of the "Star-Spangled Banner"
Native American Musical Instruments
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
"The Star Spangled Banner" Reading Warm-Up
Action Poems and Songs
Patriotic Poems and Songs
Sounds of Music
More Popular Music Printables

Clip Art

Electric Guitar
Alto Clarinet
Concert Grand Piano
More Music Clip Art

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

Movement and Circle Games
Math and Music: Fibonacci Sequence
Patterns in Music and Math
Rhythms and Body Percussion
Tap Your Feet
Singing Lesson for Grades K-4
Observing Sound Waves
More Popular Music Lesson Plans, K-5

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

Numbers and Songs
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Traditional Circle Game from Puerto Rico
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Graphing Pitch
Jazz and Math: Rhythmic Innovations
African-American Gospel Music
More Popular Music Lesson Plans, 6-12


Native American Instruments
Chinese Music
Contemporary Native American Music
"Star-Spangled Banner"
Math and Music: Leonardo of Pisa
Billy Strayhorn Interview
Intertribal Style of Native American Music


Basic Music Knowledge Quiz
ABC Order -- Music Terms
History of Music Quiz

National Standards for Arts Education

National Standards for Music Education
Technology Strategies for Music Education
Teaching with *NSYNC

Classroom Management

Discipline Strategies in the Music Classroom
Follow Me Freeze
Strategies for Making Music Happen
Music Class -- Rules to Remember
Music Self-Improvement Chart

Social Studies & Music Connected

Introduction to Mariachi Music
Spanish and Latino Influence on Music and Dance
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Patriotic Songs
Defining Jazz Music
Making a Guiro
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Reading, Language Arts, & Music Connected

Lesson Planning Center
"Frere Jacques" Translations
Classical Music: Improving Children's Development
Curious George "Ten Little Monkeys" Song
Can You Hear a Story?
"Yankee Doodle" Reading Warm-Up
Distinguishing Speaking vs. Singing
More Popular Reading & Language Arts Activities

Math & Music Connected

Numbers and Songs Student Guide
Tips for Writing a Song
Curious George at the Parade: Band Member Shuffle
Help the Music Monster
Ratio Rag
More Mathematics in Music Activities

Science & Music Connected

Can Sound Travel Through Things?
Science and Music: Rubber Band Music
Investigate Activity: Changing Pitch
Finger Clappers, Snappers, and Tappers
Musical Motivation
Science and Music: Music from a Plant
Investigate Activity: Listening to Sound Through Matter
More Science Activities

Foreign Languages & Music Connected

Making a Koto
Introduction to the Panpipe
Chinese Percussion Music
A la Limon: A Traditional Puerto Rican Song
Scales for a Panpipe
Israeli Children's Songs
Austrian Yodeling
More Foreign Language Music Resources

Health, Physical Education, & Music Connected

Head and Shoulders, Baby Chant
More Health & Physical Education Activities


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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