Lesson Plan

People in History Rock!

A biography lesson that provides a piece of music as a final product!
Tyra W.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Research an individual from history
  • Create and share a GoogleDoc
  • Sythesize information to share about a person
  • Create a short, personalized music score
  • Record voice over in GarageBand
  • Export created music
  • Create a QR code
  • Share learning with parents, students, teachers
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 5 – 6
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Teacher Notes
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1 Hook

Activity: Investigating
  • Introduce music as a way to commuincate with others. 
  • Provide discussion time for students - how people remember words/phrases/ ideas when set to music.
  • Provide a link to the following website 
  • http://www.songsforteaching.com/biographicalsongs.htm
  • Choose several to listen to and discuss


2 Direct Instruction

3 Guided Practice

Google Drive
Free, Paid


4 Independent Practice

  • After students have complete their list of important facts about a person from history -
  • Introduce the GarageBand App
  • Allow time for practice and play
  • Have kids create a music track approximately 60 seconds
  • After creating a base- they will speak, sing or rap the important facts (and record into GarageBand)
  • They can then export the informational song to a class protopage for example:
  • http://www.protopage.com/ponderosatechnology#Untitled/Welcome

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Broadcasting

In my classroom - each project should "have wings" and be visible outside of the regular classroom.  To help the kids realize that their information can be viewed by parents, other classes and students around the world, we are creating QR codes to share and distribute.


is a free website that allows students to copy the link (protopage) and create a QR Code.