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Music Assignments For Grade 8

Are you looking for Musical Games and Activities for your classroom? You’ve come to the right place! NAfME Members shared some fantastic exercises they use in their classrooms – and now you can too! Check out some of their great recommendations below, and be sure to share yours in the comment section at the bottom!

You can also find Lesson Plan Tips, Teaching Ideas, and resources that incorporate the new National Music Standards under the ‘My Classroom’ section on the NAfME Website!

 

Bucket Band is an easy and inexpensive way to help teach rhythm – great activity for middle school kids!

 

Spin and notate activity!

 

Musical chairs writing! When the music stops pick up writing where the last person left off – writing can include note values, rhythm exercises, song lyrics to help the memorize a piece – you choose!

 


Scavenger hunt for an ice breaker!

 

Building chords with legos!

 

 

Get to know your students ice breaker – and helps students get to know one another!

 

What note am I? An Ice Breaker Music Game!

Incentive Program

All the students in Grades 6-8 are split up into one of three houses (sort of like in Harry Potter – which the kids love to reference). It builds community as students from other grades and classes work together to earn points and rewards.

 

Split students up into Music Teams.

Create six Music Teams named for the periods of music history: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, and Post Modern.

Each team has a Team Leader. The leader gets to sit in a special chair and is the person I can call on to pass out their team’s notebooks, rhythm instruments, or to get their materials basket. The Team Leader chair rotates every two weeks. Make it random so that the students won’t be able to predict who the Team Leader will be.

 

Boomwhacker Station

At this station students work together to read simple melodies on the treble clef staff and play them together using Boomwhackers.

 

 

Coloring Station

Even the big kids like to color!  At this station they are using a color by note worksheet.  You can find free printable versions of the worksheets here

 

 

 

iPad Station-Flashnote Derby

At this station, students used the Flashnote Derby app to test their knowledge of the treble clef lines and spaces.  This fast paced review really helps see who knows their notes!

 

 

Gone Fishin’

At this station students sit on a large tablecloth and match fish to fishbowls.  Each fishbowl has a treble clef staff with 3-8 notes on it.  By identifying th e letter names of each, students discover that it spells a word.  Then they find the matching fish which had a word on it.

 

Spell a Story

At this station, students work on a pitch identification worksheet.  As they identify the pitch names of the notes they complete a story.

 

 


Treble Twist Up

Everyone likes Twister, right?  This game is a great deal like Twister.  You can create a staff with a plain shower curtain and electrical tape, or with masking tape on carpet too.  Students use a spinner and follow the directions “Right Hand E!”  “Left foot B!” for a fun and physical way to review pitch names.

 Teachers:  You can download the template to make your own Treble Twist Up spinner here.

 

Many of our NAfME Members also shared their Back to School Classroom photos with us! From decorating their doors and bulletin boards, to organizing their risers and boom whackers, we received some great ideas! Check out all of the wonderful music classroom ideas, and share your own, on our ‘Classroom Ideas’ board on our NAfME Pinterest Page: http://www.pinterest.com/nafme/



Kristen Rencher, Social Media and Online Community Engagement Coordinator. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)

Music in relation to history is the topic of this contemporary classical music lesson

Title – Introduction to Contemporary Classical Music By – Greg Love Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – English, Social Studies Grade Level – 8 Standards Addressed: National Standard #6 — Listening to, analyzing, and describing music. National Standard #8 — Understanding …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music, Social Studies  

Grade:

8  

Students invent and use a new notation system in this lesson

Title – Creating Your Own Notation System By – Amy Sladowski Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Art Grade Level – 8-10 Inventing a New Notation System Pre-requisites: The students should learn how read treble and bass clef as well as …

Subjects:

Art, Music  

Grades:

8, 9, 10  

Here students write a Grammy nomination letter for their favorite artist or group

Title – Grammy Letter By – Bob Urbani Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Language Arts Grade Level – 6-8 “Today we will be doing an outline of a letter we are going to write to nominate our favorite singer or …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

6, 7, 8  

Music Theory Basketball is played here

Title – Music Basketball Basics By – Hayley Winslow Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subject – PE Grade Level – 4-8 Materials: Basketball hoop and ball, flashcards containing music theory information. Objectives: Assess the knowledge that individual students have about music theory. …

Subjects:

Music, P.E. & Health  

Grades:

4, 5, 6, 7, 8  

Students produce a multimedia fairy tale photo story here told from a different perspective

Title – What Really Did Happen? By – Oscar Castillo Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subjects – Social Studies, Music, Computers / Internet Grade Level – 6-12 Concept/Topic To Teach: Different outcomes in stories depending on perspectives. Texas Essential Knowledge and …

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Music, Social Studies  

Grades:

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

This writing idea connects music to the literature your class is studying

Title – Musical Reaction Writing By – Sadie Truax Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subjects – Music Grade Level – 8-12 Materials: This lesson plan requires that the teacher bring two or more musical selections (cassettes or cds and the appropriate …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Although not a lesson plan, this “Eternal Flame” song may be helpful in dealing with terrorism

Title – Eternal Flame By – Skip West Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Grade Level – 4-12 Dear Friends, I have written and recorded a song in honor of all victims of terrorism and have included the lyrics here. If …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

This is a low stress spelling game for music and other words

Title – Musical Sparkle By – Joanne Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Language Arts Grade Level – 2-8 This is a spelling game. You can use music and non-music words. Students stand in a circle or sit on desks. Teacher …

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  

In this lesson, students compose a sound map with classroom instruments

Title – Lesson on Creating a Sound Map By – Sabrina LaPointe Primary Subject – Music Grade Level – 3-8 Title: Creating a Sound Map Standards: Performing on instruments Reading and notating music Goals: To read notated rhythms correctly To correctly use …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  

This plan contains information about Beethoven and Bach

Composer “Road Rally” by Sandy Toms Preparation: Write one question each separate card or piece of paper. Attach these cards or papers to the backs of a # card (see Key) OR hide them in appropriate places while writing the directions on …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

This brief idea suggests teaching Beethoven’sOde to Joyduring the Olympics

Title – Music of the Olympics By – Mary Whiteley Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Social Studies Grade Level – K-12 Olympics is a great time to teach Beethoven’s Ode to Joy… or the Olympic march for Athletes… the children …

Subject:

Music  

Grades:

PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

This lesson is on instruments, sounds, and compositions and uses the Internet

Title – Exploring Music Instruments Using the Internet By – Michelle Johnson Primary Subject – Music Secondary Subjects – Internet, Multidisciplinary Grade Level – 6-8 Note: This lesson plan makes use of a worksheet that is not included. You should be able …

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Music  

Grades:

6, 7, 8  

Be popular! Assign this Christmas song parody idea!

Title – Christmas Remakes By – Cindy Penaluna Primary Subject – Language Arts Secondary Subjects – Music, Computers / Internet Grade Level – 7-12 Procedure: The students pick their favorite Christmas song. (Name a few to get them started.) The students look …

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Music  

Grades:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

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