Here are three recordings from my fourth grade playlist:
I found the book “Unspoken” a few years ago, and fell in love with it. It is a wordless picture book about the Underground Railroad; you can view it on Amazon here (note: this is a referral link):
I found this folk dance on YouTube and loved it!
The track above is a version of the song, which can be used to teach and perform the dance. I'll be using it with a program for “Caps for Sale” with my fourth graders.
My fourth graders will be practicing tika-ti at the beginning of the year, and this piece is a great listening lesson for that! Students will read this rhythm for the A section:
For a more detailed slideshow with more ideas for practicing rhythm and form, check out this set, which includes a slideshow for the piece:
What is on your fourth grade playlist? Feel free to comment below. Happy listening, and happy teaching!