4th & 5th Grade Music Lesson

Scottish Work Songs


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This lesson explores the purpose of work songs, the form, steady beat, improvising and writing.


This plan is so complete that you can hand it over to a substitute teacher! We know it's hard to find lessons for Music teacher subs, but we have you covered here!

    You will get your own personal login to the module for this lesson.  The module includes PDF downloads and MP3 downloads for all the Lesson materials. However, all the video tutorials, updates and support will always automatically update inside the online module. 

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    • The Entire Lesson Plan Script

    • The Music Education National Standards

    • Audio files for learning, practicing and performing

    • Lyrics to the Songs

    • Music Score to the Songs

    • Videos to use with the class, or for your own reference. 

    • Optional use of a Music arrangement for recorder (B A F# E D)

    • Images available for classroom use

    • Support Team built into the system!

    • Inquiry based curriculum structure used by PYP International Schools

    • Access to the Lesson, materials, resources, videos, audio and UPDATES all via your personal login. As we make updates and add materials - you get those updates too! 

    • Bonuses included! (Gaelic Counting Tutorial, Scots Gaelic Phrase Guide, Bulletin board images). 




    • Life in 1700's Scotland

      Work process and work song purpose

    • Scots Gaelic

      The importance of the language and how it was a part of the culture.

    • Waulking the Cloth

      The Waulking process and the Waulking song style

    • Waulking Songs

      How to sing and write a waulking song as per the tradition. 

      National Arts Standards


      Anchor Standard 2:  Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. 


      Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.


      Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work


      Anchor Standard 10:  Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. 

      Option to Download

      With Scotland In The Class Lesson Plans, you have the option to download all materials to your computer. If we make any updates to the materials, they automatically update inside your online module and you will be notified by email with updates! 

      The history and culture of Scotland make a great foundation for teaching about traditions through music, dance, arts and language.  Scottish immigration is a part of American history and a played a huge role in American folk music.  


      The music and dance of Scotland are familiar, yet unique.  With instruments like the Bagpipe and Bodhran the students are engaged. With the variety of dance styles found in Scottish culture, the movement is a natural progression to feeling the stylistic rhythmic approach to Scottish Folk music. The history of the folk music in Scotland was purposeful which teaches the students about who the Scottish people are and how they have expressed themselves through time. 

      Jenny Licko, Celtic Musician, Dancer and Educator

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