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3rd Grade

Week 13 (June 8th-12th)

Dear 3rd Graders,


Happy last week of school!! Please use this week to catch up on any home learning assignments you may have missed. Also, please send me three ideas for songs to sing and/or play in music next year. They should be songs that you like that would also be good for a group of people to sing or play together.


Have a wonderful summer! I’ll be thinking of you all!



Mrs. Grover



Week 12 (June 1st-5th)


Dear 3rd Graders,

I’m so glad you had fun playing with Mario Paint! I have one more lesson for you to do with the program this week:

Make two different songs on Mario Paint:

  1. Create a song that ends the same way it begins, but make the middle whichever way you like
  2. Make the second song using only percussion sounds (remember, percussion sounds are instruments that you hit to make a sound - drums, xylophones, even the piano is a percussion instrument!)

Email me to share what you’re working on!



Week 11 (May 26th-29th)


Dear 3rd Graders,

Thank you for sharing all of your recycled instruments with me! I really enjoyed watching your videos and seeing all of your creations. 

For music this week, watch the video for instructions and read on below:


1. Experiment with Mario Paint  and make your own song! Use the pictures at the top to make different sounds.

2. Answer these questions: 

    • What happens when you put one of the pictures on the highest part of the staff?
    • What about on the lowest?
    • What kind of sound does the cupcake make?

3. If you want to share your song with me:

    1. Copy the link by clicking on “save/load” at the bottom of the screen. Then click on “publish to a shareable URL” and then “copy link.” Paste the link into an email to me. OR
    2. Take a screenshot of your original composition and send it to [email protected] 

How to take a screenshot - Mac 

How to take a screenshot - Windows



Week 10 (May 18th-22nd)


Dear 3rd Graders,

I am so excited for you to make your own instruments! Watch the video below to see some instruments I made with my family:


This week:

  1. ASSEMBLE: Assemble your instrument. Put your pieces together. Experiment! It might require a few tries to get it to stay together and make the sound you are looking for. Some examples of things you can use to hold your instrument together are: glue, duct tape, string, yarn, twine, rubber bands, screws/nails (with the help of a grownup).
  2. PLAY: Play your new instrument! Make changes to the way your instrument is put together, or change your materials until you are completely happy with the sound that comes out.
  3. RECORD: Make an audio or video recording of you playing your instrument either by yourself, or along to your favorite song! Send it to me at [email protected]If you already sent me a video last week, you don’t need to send another one, but you can if you'd like. And feel free to make more instruments!


Week 9 (May 11th-15th)

Dear 3rd graders,

I loved reading about your interviews and the music your grandparents and special friends used to listen to! I hope everyone is having a great week. 


For music this week, watch the video for instructions and read on below:

  1. Watch this video about the recycled orchestra in Paraguay:  The Recycled Orchestra 
  2. Here’s a post with homemade instrument ideas: 6 DIY Instruments 
  3. For inspiration: 72 homemade instruments in 7 minutes. These instruments are SUPER fancy and your instrument does NOT need to look like these, but it’s a cool example of what someone can do.
  4. Gather household items you can up-cycle into an instrument next week. Collect materials around the house to create your instrument. Some suggestions are: Empty bottles and cans, empty tissue box, buttons, rice, beans, styrofoam, old toys, paper or plastic, tubes, boxes, rubber bands. 

Take a picture of your materials and send it to me ([email protected]) with a description of what you hope to make!



Week 8 (May 4th-8th)


Dear Third Graders,

I hope you’re all doing well. Great work on the musical scavenger hunt! I loved seeing the creative things you came up with!


This week, you’ll be interviewing a grandparent or a special friend and finding out about the music they listened to when they were your age. Here are the instructions:


  1. Contact your grandparent or special friend and interview them using the questions provided here: Interview a grandparent music lesson.pdf Please note that there are two pages. Feel free to use this as a guide and also come up with some of your own questions!
  2. Listen to your grandparent or special friend’s favorite song. How is it different from or the same as the music you listen to?
  3. What did you learn about your grandparent or special friend that surprised or inspired you?
  4. Send the answers from the interview guide questions to [email protected]


Week 7 (April 27th-May 1st)

Dear Third Graders,


Great recorder playing last week! To test for your virtual purple belt, please send a video of you playing Merrily We Roll Along. To test for your virtual blue belt, please send a video of you playing We Will Rock You.


Here are the instructions for music this week:

1. Catch up on belt testing if you haven’t already (Merrily, We Will Rock You)


2. Complete the musical scavenger hunt: Musical Scavenger Hunt.pdf


3. Write down and draw or take a picture of 5 of the items from your treasure hunt and send them to me at [email protected]


Week 6 (April 20th-24th)

Dear Third Graders,

I loved watching the videos of you playing your recorders! Thank you! If you haven’t sent me a video of you playing Merrily We Roll Along to test for your purple belt, please do. 

Watch the video below for this week’s musical challenge:


  1. Review the tutorial of C and We Will Rock You: 3rd Grade Recorder: C and We Will Rock You 
  2. Try the Baby Shark Tutorial if you want an extra challenge
  3. In your listening journal:
    1. Write down a song you would like to learn to play on the recorder
    2. If you didn’t last week, write down your favorite song and why it is your favorite song (it can be different than last week if you’d like to share another song with me).
  4. Send a picture of your listening journal and a video of We Will Rock You for your virtual blue belt to [email protected]


Week 5 (April 13th-17th)

Dear Third Graders,

Thank you for sending me your videos! If you haven’t sent me a video of Merrily We Roll Along to test for your virtual purple belt, please do! For music this week:


1. Watch this video explaining this week’s lesson: 

2. Watch these three versions of Three Little Birds and write down the name of your favorite version. Explain why it’s your favorite version.

    1. 3 Little Birds - Original Version by Bob Marley
    2. Branches - 3 Little Birds Cover 
    3. Maroon 5 - 3 Little Birds Cover 

3. A different version of a song (not the original) is called a cover. In your listening journal, write down the name of your favorite song and an idea of how you could change the song if you made your own cover.

4. Email me at [email protected] with a photo of your listening journal. I’m excited to listen to your favorite songs!

Week 4 (April 6th-10th)

Hello Third Graders! I hope you are all doing well. For music this week: 

  1. Here is a link to a short video describing this week’s musical challenge: 3rd Grade Music Week 4 Home Learning
  2. Watch the new tutorial of C (new note) and We Will Rock You: 3rd Grade Recorder: C and We Will Rock You 
  3. Practice Merrily We Roll Along and We Will Rock You
  4. Send me a video ([email protected]) of you playing Merrily for a virtual purple belt! If you are not ready to test for your purple belt, send me a video of you:
    1. Playing Hot Cross Buns
    2. Practicing the new note C


Week 3 (March 30th-April 3rd)

  1. Watch the recorder tutorial and play along. Try to play Hot Cross Buns without looking at your music!
  2. Start your listening journal (directions are in the second video below). Find 4 different sounds inside or outside your home and write them down inside your listening journal. Your sounds do not have to be music, but they can be. If you want, you can draw a picture of each sound. 
  3. Write about what the most challenging part of playing the recorder is. 
  4. Send me a photo of your listening journal!


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