GAME PLAN, published by KID SOUNDS in Las Vegas is an Orff Curriculum written by Delellis and Kriske. Two Orff guys known all over the country for their fun ideas. The have tons of Orff-centered ideas and publications out there and I use many of them. Check out the link to their website at the bottom of the post.
When I was first teaching, the Game Plan books were a lifesaver. They have a full year planned out for every grade K-5 for an hour a week. Each grade has concepts to cover, activities, and the best part- Visuals and worksheets. While I never just taught a lesson straight from the book, I did get A LOT of great ideas.
As I continued to teach, and start my Masters in Music Education with a Kodaly Emphasis, I realized that the books- as written- weren't quite as good as I thought they were. Are they are GREAT resource still?- yes! I have listed the pros and cons for myself below. I use these books all the time and have used the visuals in new ways as well.
*Many Folk songs with great orffestrations
*Great Dances that link up to the Rhythmically Moving Series
*WONDERFUL visuals (posters, flashcards, etc) - printed as a HUGE book, or smaller ones sorted in a box
*Year Plans in the front of every book
*Worksheets in the back
*A list of Children's books and CDs that are used in the back
*Great listening activities for form, dynamics, etc. using
*Activities and songs kids LOVE
*Themed lessons for different times of the year with new game ideas for favorite old songs
*There is no 6th grade book- this is the grade I struggle with most! A book would be a big help!
*4th and 5th Grade focus on recorder.
We do not teach recorder in my district (I wish we would) so a lot of the 4th and 5th grade books aren't as useful to me as they could be. If your district teaches recorder, they would be awesome!
*Not too many great Transitions
I did get a few ideas that I still use today, like So-La-Mi and stepping to different pulses, but often in their planned lessons, it doesn't feel like there is a flow.
*Sequencing feels a little off- they do not prepare concepts for very long and do not practice them much either.
I end up picking and choosing songs and not necessarily using them for the grade intended
*Too much composed music
Yes, there are Awesome folk songs and dances in these books, but there is also a lot of silly composed music by the authors that feels like they wrote it because they couldn't find a song for the concept.
*Most listening activities focus on the form, or timbre, and there are not too many that highlight a music literacy component. They are also mostly "Newer" Music. (1950s and later)
Here is a link to the Kid Sounds website