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Musical Mystery Words

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Subject: Music, Language Arts
Grade: 3-5, 6-8

Brief Description

Students learn the letter names for the treble clef (G clef) and create words using the letters that represent the lines and spaces on the staff.

Objectives

Students

  • define the terms staff (as used in music) and treble clef,
  • learn the letter names for the lines and spaces on the treble clef,
  • learn how to read a treble clef,
  • make words using the letters and notes on the staff.

Keywords

music, treble clef, staff, lines, spaces, messages

Materials Needed

  • music paper with staff lines, or printouts from Treble Clef Sheet Music (this PDF document might take a minute to load)
  • pens or pencils

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss the meaning of the terms staff and treble clef. Draw a staff on the board with the treble clef sign. Draw the notes on the lines and spaces, and label each one. See Treble Clef Names for reference.
  • Explain that the letters on the lines and spaces can be combined to spell words. For example, the letters F A C E on the spaces spell the word face. Draw the example on the board. Write the correct letter under each note.
  • Distribute the music work sheet. Tell students to write the correct letter under each note to spell out words. Here are some words to start your list:
    egg
    bed
    fad
    gab
    cab
    dab
    dad
    bad
    feed
    fed
    cafe
    fade
    cabbage
    baggage
Extension: Help students create sentences that include the words on the music work sheet. Write the sentences on the board or on another piece of paper, but omit the words on the music work sheet. Have students use those words to complete sentences.

Assessment

Evaluate students' answers.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Fine Arts:
  NA-M.K-4.5
  NA-M.5-8.5

Language Arts:
  NL-ENG.K-12.3

Originally published 03/07/2002
Last updated 01/18/2010