Songs Everyone Should Know: Folk Tunes & Ballads Lesson, Activities & Worksheets


Most people have grown up hearing folk tunes – whether we knew they were folk tunes or not. Here is a musical lesson plan about 5 well known Folk Tunes & Ballads.

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several musical activities, writing activities, dance activities, a reading list and art activities to go along. Additionally, there is information about the composers, common musical instruments and printable worksheets. This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers.

Any one of the songs is under 5 minutes. The lesson could take about 15 – 30 minutes per folk tune. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of days.

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Packet Includes:

    • Introduction to Folk Tunes & Ballads
    • Information about the following Folk Tunes & Ballads:
      • Home on the Range
      • I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad
      • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
      • Oh, Susanna!
      • She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
    • Book Resources
    • Links to YouTube videos and free audio files
    • Information about instruments – guitar, ukulele, banjo and harmonica
    • Make your own musical instrument activity
    • Printable worksheets for each Folk Tune & Ballad
    • Printable lyrics to each Folk Tune & Ballad
    • Vocabulary
    • Activities to go along with the music (writing, musical, dance, art, reading)


  • Lesson takes 15 – 30 minutes
  • Activities take 15+ minutes to complete
  • Grades: K-6
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • 48 pages