Melody Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will explore the idea of a melody. While reading an informational text, students will engage in hands-on activities that involve application of melody, pitch and rhythm. Students will also play games to reinforce concepts.

Lesson Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define melody
  • Understand the difference between pitch and rhythm
  • Evaluate a melody through listening


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


  • Copies of What is Melody? Lesson for Kids, one per student
  • Copies of the quiz, one per student
  • 20-25 index cards folded in half with popular children's song titles written on them, such as:
    • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    • If You're Happy and You Know It
    • Old MacDonald
    • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Paper bag
  • Glass filled with water
  • Metal spoon

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