Musicplay Grade 5 Teacher's Guide & Digital Resources

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SKU: 5PK-1

Musicplay Grade 5 Teacher's Guide

Musicplay is an award-winning music curriculum for elementary schools. Musicplay is a sequential curriculum with lessons that follow the calendar year. The weekly lesson outlines the new concepts that will be taught, those that will be reviewed, and include seasonal and holiday repertoire. The planning is done for the teacher!

Lesson Planning

Year Plans are included for each grade.

Monthly Lesson Outlines give you the month at a glance.

40 weekly detailed lessons offer you a menu of musical activities. There is more than enough material in the lesson plan for two thirty-minute music classes. The lesson plans are like a menu. There are many song choices and for each song, there are activities to choose from. You choose the songs and the activities that teach the curriculum concepts required by your state or province. (Musicplay is aligned to all state and provincial curriculums!) You choose the songs and activities that hold the most appeal for you and your students.

Feel free to substitute freely - Musicplay provides the framework - you get to make the choices.


Recordings are included in the teacher's guides! (Download Audio MP3's

Musicplay 5 has more than 100 musical selections! Child and adult voices are used, and there are many recordings licensed from popular children’s entertainers. Accompaniments include Orff arrangements, piano accompaniments, and orchestrated accompaniments. Performance songs have both performance tracks and accompaniment tracks - you can use the accompaniments only for your performances. Multicultural songs feature authentic performances - the songs are in original languages and are sung by indigenous singers. Many of the multicultural songs are game songs that appeal to children even though the language and sound may be unfamiliar. Many rounds are included so your students can begin singing in parts. There are wonderful choral selections and folk song arrangements in Musicplay 5 in unison as well as two parts. 


Assessment suggestions are given throughout the teacher's guides.

Checklists of important skills are included if your district requires the use of them.

Reproducibles are included in Musicplay 5.

The Musicplay 5 teacher's guide includes reproducible 3 part (SSA) recorder materials.

A recorder performance/accompaniment audio is included!

Musicplay 5 reproducible includes many worksheets for music writing practice and assessment.

Musicplay supports and enhances science, social studies, and language arts curriculums. The Musicplay 5 student books or Digital Resources are a wonderful literacy tool providing many opportunities for shared reading. Students will develop reading skills while they learn music. 

Poetry is included in Musicplay 5. Science concepts are taught as well - Musicplay 5 includes many songs that teach about the environment.

Digital Resources 

Every musical selection that is in Musicplay 5 is given: 
1. Projectable files with audio (include music notation, lyrics, and concepts.)
2. Videos of the music (notation) - just click and the song plays, switching the slides for you. 

Included on one disk you'll find:

  • Music notation illustrated song lyrics, and one slide lyrics
  • Color-coded Boomwhacker® melodies for many songs
  • Slides to teach students many musical concepts (all national standards!)
  • Kids demo movies of many of the singing games
  • Orff arrangements, searchable Excel index, and links to excellent websites

Materials Included

 Print Edition - $250
Musicplay Grade 5 Printed Binder
- Musicplay Grade 5 Digital Resources
- Listening Resource Kit 5
- Audio recordings

To get your download edition, add this product to your cart. After you go through the checkout process, a download link will appear on the final page. You will also receive an email with a link to your download. If you purchased a printed book you will see a 7-digit alpha-numerical code in your product. Use this code to access your downloads at

Table of Contents

1. Mama Don’t Allow
2. Concentration
3. Little Tommy Tinker
4. School Day Blues
5. Boom Chicka Boom
6. Pass the Stick
7. When I Believe
8. Ickle Ockle
9. Liza Jane
10. Four White Horses
11. Steel Drum
12. For Health and Strength
13. Button You Must Wander
14. Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor
15. Alabama Gal
16. Linstead Market
17. Ronald MacDonald
18. Ghost of Tom
19. Whistle, Daughter, Whistle
20. Skin and Bones
21. Lady in the Graveyard*
22. Percussion Family
23. Shalom
24. Raindrops Round
25. El torojil
26. He’s Got the Whole World
27. Peace is Flowing 
28. Our Old Sow
29. Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser
30. Sing the Scale
31. Woodwind Family
32. Brass Family
33. Green Sally Up
34. Ninaskamon

35. Banks of the Don
36. Hevenu Shalom 
37. Winter Is Here
38. Charley Marley
39. C’est l’aviron
40. Campana sobre
41. Christmas Shopping Blues
42. The Twelve Days of Christmas
43. Snowflakes
44. Early to Bed
45. Old Maid
46. Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd
47. When the Saints Go Marching In
48. George Washington Bridge
49. Music Alone Shall Live
50. Weevily Wheat
51. Hot Potato
52. Scoo Be Doo Song
53. I’ve a Car
54. String Family
55. Five Four Groove
56. Cobbler, Cobbler
57. Rainbow Color
58. Chinese Temple
59. You Gotta Believe
60. Al citron
61. Johnny Lost a Quarter
62. En roulant ma boule
63. Chumbara
64. Girls' Day
65. Digeridoo
66. Click Go the Shears
67. Brave Wolfe

68. Deep and Wide
69. Irish Jig
70. I Am Getting Such a Headache
71. Un Canadien errant
72. Haida
73. Funga Alafia
74. African Drumming
75. Old Woman
76. Strive for the Highest
77. John Kanaka
78. Drill Ye Tarriers
79. Show You Care
80. Hey, Ho, Nobody Home
81. Silly Sailor
82. The Ship Titanic
83. Come Follow
84. Riel’s Farewell
85. ‘Neath the Lilacs
86. Waddally Acha
87. Play That Rhythm
88. Come and Sing
89. Clementine
90. I Let Her Go
91. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
92. Ball Go Round
93. We Love to Sing
94. Boll Weevil
95. La bella hortelana
96. Flamenco
97. The Capitals of Canada
98. The Capitals of America
99. O Canada
100. Star Spangled Banner


    Audio: Linstead Market
    Audio: The Capitals of Canada
    Audio: When I Believe in Me
    Book: Grade 5 Lesson Samples
    Book: Grade 5 Song List, Scope & Sequence, and Year Plan
    Book: Ontario Grade 5 Correlations
    Projectable: Linstead Market