Basic Book Information

Publisher: Child's Play International

Copyright: 1998

ISBN: 0-85953-627-0


Adams, Pam, illustrator

Book Type: Single Song Title

Reading Levels


Lexile Measure:

DRA Level:

Guided Reading Level:


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Book Subject: (Key Words): bird, royalty, servants

Book Description: The book tells the story of some birds who are baked in a pie.

Book Illustrations: The style of illustration is folk. The books are large so it is easy to display the book. The book has holes that gradually reveal what will occur on the next page.

Read Aloud Adjustments: Give students time to predict what will be revealed on the next page.

Book Description - Single Song Title - Folk Song

Song Type: Folk Song

Song Title: Sing a Song of Sixpence

Source 1: Folk Songs North America Sings: A source book for all teachers

Source 2: The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes and Children's Songs

Source 3: Singing Bee! A Collection of Favorite Children's Songs



Book Description - Notation Description

Notation: No

Description: There is no notation in the book

Range: P8

Tonality: C Major

Form: ABAC

Meter:  Simple Duple

Book Description - Recordings & Media

Web-based Media 1 Link (URL):


Web-based Media 1 Description: High School Choir performance of "Sing a Song of Sixpence" by John Rutter


Pedagogical Suggestions

Kodaly Lesson Ideas

Song Acquisition: YES

Aural Skills: YES

Music Reading:

Music Writing:

Singing Games:

Singing Skills: YES

Grade Level: 4th grade - 6th grade

Idea: singing the major scale in the context of a song.

Grade Level: 4th grade - 6th grade

IDEA: singing and using hand signs for octave.

Orff-Schulwerk Lesson Ideas

Speech as Rhythm:

Ostinato: YES

Creative Movement:


Instrumental Exploration:

Instrumental Accompaniment: YES

Grade level: 4th grade - 6th grade

Idea: accompanying a song on pitched instruments.

Fine Arts Integration Lesson Ideas

Language Arts: YES



Social Studies:

Fine Arts:

Grade level: Kindergarten - 1st grade

Idea: Students can be given the opportunity to mark the rhyming words in the text.

Generative Theory of Music Learning Lesson Ideas

Content/Concept: major scale

Context: song /music "Sing A Song of Sixpence

Behavior: Organization - composition



Mode: iconic (image based)

Level of Cognition: medium-level

Grade level: 5th grade – 6th grade

Idea: students can create a self-actualized symbol for a descending major scale.

Social Constructivist Lesson Ideas

Real World Problems:

Peer Interaction:

Collaboration: YES

Open Ended Products: YES

Embedded Assessment:

Grade level: 5th grade - 6th grade

Idea: Work with a small group to create an accompaniment for the song using known melodic and rhythmic ideas.