Simple Gifts Musical Lesson & Activities

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“‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘Tis a gift to be free…” Teach students about the song Simple Gifts (‘Tis a Gift to be Simple) by Joseph Brackett Jr. Students will enjoy listening and watching various performances of this song/tune. Students will learn about Joseph Brackett Jr., composer of Simple Gifts as well as Aaron Copland and Martha Graham and how they used the tune in music and ballet. The activities and printable worksheets will also add to the learning experience.

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several writing music, dance and visual art activities to go along with the packet. This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers.

Description

Packet Includes:

  • Lesson about Simple Gifts by Joseph Brackett Jr.
  • Vocabulary
  • Short history about Aaron Copland and Martha Graham
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • Simple Gifts poem and lyrics
  • Simple Gifts sheet music with lyrics
  • Images & Posters to use for visual aids and bulletin boards

Printable Worksheets:

  • Listen to Simple Gifts music worksheet
  • Early American Life Art worksheet
  • Farm Life in the Early 1800s writing worksheet
  • Simple Gifts Poem worksheet
  • Simple Gifts Art worksheet

This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers. The the entire piece is 2-5 minutes long and the lesson could take about 30 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take 15+ minutes to complete.