Musicplay Grade 2 Teacher's Guide & Digital Resources

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SKU: 2PK-1

Musicplay Grade 2 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 2 has more than 95 musical selections! Child and adult voices are used. 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 second grade, songs to teach vowels and consonants are included. The Musicplay 2 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 2. Science concepts are taught as well - each grade includes songs that teach about the environment.

Materials Included:

- Musicplay Grade 2 Printed Binder / Audio MP3s
- Musicplay Grade 2 Digital Resources
- Listening Resource Kit 2

Song List

1. Welcome to Music
2. O Canada
3. My Country, 'Tis of Thee
4. Ridin' That New River Train
5. Engine, Engine Number Nine
6. Hill, Hill
7. Poor Little Bug on the Wall
8. Paddle in My Kayak
9. I Can Sing a High Note
10. Bounce High
11. John Jacob Jingleheimer
12. Obwisana
13. Bell Horses
14. Tony Chestnut
15. Thanks a Lot!
16. Time to Play
17. I'm the Fastest Turkey
18. Falling Leaves
19. I Am a Fine Musician
20. Icka Backa
21. What's That Creature?
22. Birds and Bats
23. Pass the Witch's Broomstick
24. Witch's Stew
25. Old Mother Witch
26. The Grand Old Duke Of York
27. Starlight
28. Sing for Peace
29. Make a Difference
30. This Way That-a-way
31. Peace Like a River
32. Doggie, Doggie
33. Napoléon
34. Lukey's Boat
35. On Top of Spaghetti
36. Bluebells
37. Johnny Caught a Flea
38. Tap It Here, Tap It There
39. Pease Porridge Hot
40. O Hanukkah
41. Who's That?
42. Holiday Round
43. Ring, Ring, Ring the Bells
44. Rocks for Christmas
45. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
46. Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums
47. Trampin'
48. Japanese New Year Song
49. Mouse, Mousie
50. Boom Boom
51. I Like to Play the Instruments
52. Oliver Twist
53. Haul on the Bowlin'
54. Pass the Stick
55. Love Grows Under
56. Gitsigakomim
57. I Sent a Valentine
58. The More We Get Together
59. I See the Moon
60. Circle Round the Zero
61. Ham and Eggs
62. My Cat Boo
63. I'se the B'y
64. Cut the Cake
65. A Sailor Went to Sea
66. It's Raining, It's Pouring
67. The Lollipop Tree
68. St. Patrick's Day Jig
69. A Pizza Hut
70. Ain't Gonna Rain No More
71. Rain on the Green Grass
72. Father Abraham
73. Hot Cross Buns
74. Garbage
75. Find the Easter Basket
76. I Can Do the Bunny Hop Too!
77. Recycle
78. Rabbits
79. Hide the Easter Eggs
80. Salish Hand Game
81. Oh, My Aunt Came Back
82. Johnny One Hammer
83. Mom, You're the Best!
84. Juguemos en el bosque
85. Japanese Frog Song
86. Frog in the Middle
87. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
88. Bought Me a Cat
89. Sur le pont d'Avignon
90. The Chinese Fan
91. Kagome
92. Canada in My Pocket
93. Swimming
94. Goin' on a Picnic
95. Here Comes a Bluebird
96. Down Came Johnny
97. Let Us Chase the Squirrel
98. Christopher McCracken
99. Orchestral Instrument Families

Musicplay Grade 2 Digital Resources

For teachers with Computer/projector

What’s included:

Every musical selection that is in Musicplay 1 is given in: 

1. PowerPoint with audio
2. Videos of the song lyrics - just click and the song plays, switching the slides for you.

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


Book: Musicplay Grade 2 Lesson Plans
Book: Musicplay Scope and Sequence/Year Plan
Book: Grade 2 Song List
Book: Ontario Grade 2 Correlations
Audio: Bell Horses
Audio: New River Train
Powerpoint as PDF: Johnny One Hammer

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