Musicplay Grade 1 Teacher's Guide & Digital Resources

Themes & Variations

SKU: 1PK-1

Musicplay Grade 1 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 includes 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 1 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 native singers. Many of the multicultural songs are game songs that appeal to children even though the language and sound may be unfamiliar.


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 2-6.

Musicplay supports and enhances science, social studies, and language arts curriculums. in first grade, songs to teach vowels and consonants are included. The Musicplay 1 Digital Resources are a wonderful early literacy tool providing many opportunities for shared reading. Students will develop reading skills while they learn music. View the song list to see the many songs that reinforce and support the themes that you teach in Grade 1.

Musicplay is a curriculum that can be used by a classroom teacher with limited musical training. However, music specialists will appreciate the planning and sequencing that is done for them. Musicplay is used throughout Canada and the USA and in many international schools.

Musicplay Grade 1 Digital Resources

Each presentation includes:

  • Musical notation
  • Song lyrics with colorful illustrations - great for shared reading!
  • One slide lyrics
  • Color-coded Boomwhacker® melodies for simple reading and scale songs
  • Slides to teach students how to read music: rhythm, melody, expression
  • Kids demo movies of many of the singing games
  • Orff arrangements
  • Searchable Excel index
  • Links to excellent websites

Materials Included

 Printed Edition - $250
Musicplay Grade 1 Printed Binder / Audio MP3's
- Musicplay Grade 1 Digital Resources
Listening Resource Kit 1

Table of Contents

1. Dooby Dooby Dooby Doo
2. Mountaintop Monster
3. Little Red Wagon
4. Snail, Snail
5. Sam the Robot Man
6. The Music Time Is Over
7. The Grand Old Duke of York
8. The Wheels on the Bus
9. Choo Choo Train
10. I Don't Know
11. Apples and Bananas
12. Counting Song
13. Hickory Dickory Dock
14. Goin' to Kentucky
15. Jack and Jill
16. Rock Around the Alphabet
17. Hop Old Squirrel
18. Ten in the Bed
19. Kye Kye Koolay
20. Bye Low Baby Oh
21. I’m Thankful
22. High Low
23. I Like Turkey
24. Hey, Betty Martin
25. Five Fat Turkeys
26. Today Is Monday
27. Magic Spell
28. The Witch’s Cat
29. Bats and Cats
30. Monster Walk
31. Juanito
32. Peace in My Heart
33. Just One Candle
34. Bounce the Ball
35. Thread and Needle
36. Cuckoo
37. Peter Rabbit

38. Goin' on a Bear Hunt
39. The Other Day
40. The Bear Went Over the
41. Hello Game
42. Down by the Bay
43. Fais dodo
44. Punchinello
45. Elevator
46. Hanukkah Fun
47. Lemonade
48. New Teeth for Christmas
49. Up on the Housetop
50. Ho, Ho, Ho!
51. The Bells on the Sleigh
52. Love My Slippers
53. Mary Had a Baby
54. One Big Family
55. Strawberry Shortcake
56. Pimpón
57. Vive la compagnie
58. Icicles
59. Little Red Car
60. Tommy Tiddlemouse
61. Head and Shoulders
62. Miss Lucy
63. Gonna Have a Good Time
64. Un, deux, trois
65. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
66. Rig a Jig Jig
67. Aikendrum
68. I Like You
69. Tick Tock
70. Haul Away Joe
71. Mr. Potato Head
72. Wishy Washy Wee
73. When I Was One

74. We Are Dancing in the Forest
75. My Cat
76. The Old Gray Cat
77. Bee Bee Bumblebee
78. Baby Bumblebee
79. Lucky Leprechaun
80. Eensy Weensy Spider
81. Bingo
82. My Dog
83. Train My Parents
84. Feelin’ Alive
85. Bow Wow Wow
86. Little Rabbit Foo Foo
87. Five Little Ducks
88. Bunny Hides a Basket
89. Hurry, Easter Bunny
90. Bunny Rabbit Boogie
91. Let’s Save Water
92. Little Bunny
93. Apple Tree
94. Sing a Country Song
95. Old Dog, Full of Fleas
96. That's My Mom
97. Down on Grandpa’s Farm
98. Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
99. Savez-vous planter les choux?
100. How Many Fingers?
101. A la víbora de la mar
102. El coqui
103. Heebie Jeebies
104. Charlie Over the Ocean
105. Five More Days Till Vacation
106. The Eat Song
107. O Canada
108. My Country, 'Tis of Thee
109. Star Spangled Banner
110. You’re a Grand Old Flag


    Plan: Year Plans for K-6
    Book: Musicplay Grade 1 Lesson Samples
    Book: Grade 1 Song List
    Book: Ontario Grade 1 Correlations
    Book: Grade 1 Scope & Sequence
    Audio: Choo Choo Train
    Audio: Sam the Robot Man
    PowerPoint/PDF: Grand Old Duke of York