Simple Gifts Musical Lesson & Activities


“‘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. and made popular by Aaron Copland & Joan Collins with this musical lesson plan and activities.

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and sheet music with lyrics so you and your students can sing along. There are also several writing activities, musical activities, theater (theatre) activities, dance activities and/or art activities to go along.

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.


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Packet Includes:

  • Lesson plan about Simple Gifts by Joseph Brackett Jr.
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • Simple Gifts poem/lyrics
  • Simple Gifts sheet music & lyrics
  • Several writing, art, theater and dance activities
  • Lesson takes about 30 minutes
  • Activities take 15+ minutes to complete
  • Grades: K-6
Formats Included
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