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Now's the Time, Charlie Parker Now's the Time, Eddie Jefferson
Young scholars delve into the music of bebop style jazz and the life and talents of some of the great musicians. The styles of Charlie Parker and James Moody are compared and contrasted in this lesson.
Wet Your Kinders' Chops on the Sound "op"!
Students explore the "op" sound. In this phonics lesson, students watch clips of "Between the Lions" and read Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop by Chris Raschka in order to distinguish the "op" sound.
Introduce Vocabulary: Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Raschka)
Get in touch with Charlie Parker's jazz beats as learners explore new words in Chris Raschka's onomatopoeic book Charlie Parker Played Be Bop. Scholars are acquainted with some musical terminology before they hear these terms in the text: alone, barbecue, be bop, saxophone, and trombone. They utilize context clues, raising a hand when they hear one of the focus words. Don't skip the comprehension questions as they are the best tool in this resource. Each word has a set of questions prompting budding readers to connect these terms to familiar concepts. Find the text on YouTube if you don't have it on hand.
Wet Your Kinders' Chops On The Sound Op!
Pupils explore the sound Op with a reading of Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop by Chris Raschka and a showing of the PBS Between the Lions Episode #130. They predict and determine op words in literature.
Birdland: Weather Report
Students compare and contrast the Weather Report jazz recording, Birdland, with other songs they have reviewed. They write in their journals how they think charlie Parker might have reacted to the song.
Sixth graders combine sounds or movements to create rhythm in dance and language. In this rhythm instructional activity, 6th graders read a poem and listen to the rhythm in the words. Students complete dance movements using sequence of pattern movements. Students then create a word bank and clap the rhythm of the words. Students participate in a rhythm choreography dance and journal reflections.
Jazz in America Lesson Plan 5
Students survey Bebop and identify the basic terms associated with jazz.They experience the music of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday and participate in a class discussion regarding jazz's contribution to and reflection of American culture in the 1940s and early '50s.
Can You Hear a Story?
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music. They explain relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
Draw Me the Music
Students explore and investigate the foundation and history of jazz music. They listen to various pieces of music while creating drawings, develop a timeline of jazz history, and read and discuss biographies of famous jazz musicians.
Can You Hear a Story?
Students gain an understanding of relationships between music and language arts. They analyze a story and create a musical composition that reflects and enhances the story. The musical accompaniment will be produced in a book on tape.
A Night in Tunisia
Students discuss musical instruments common to jazz and compare several songs by various artists. They identify musical grooves common to jazz music. They compare a string quartet to a traditional jazz group.
Students explore music theory by reading children's stories in class. In this Jazz history activity, students read several books about Jazz and identify the famous saxophonist Charlie Parker. Students collaborate in groups and participate in a music scavenger hunt.
Charlie Parker: ESL Past Tense Verbs
In this ESL past tense verbs worksheet, students read a story about a typical man's daily routine. Students practice the use of past tense verbs "did" and "was" as they fill in blanks in the questions and answers.
Charlie Parker: ESL Verbs "Do" and "Does"
In this ESL grammar worksheet, students read a story about a typical man's daily routine. Students practice the use of the verbs "do" and "does" by filling in the blanks in both questions and answers about the story.
Lesson: Proposal for a School Sculpture
After discussing the artistic elements and design process needed to construct the modern sculpture, Lao Tzu, kids get logical. They consider the purposeful use of space in the sculpture, design a modern piece for a specific space at school, and then write an organized and well-supported proposal to have the sculpture installed.
New! Dream in Color
Try out a packet of poetry materials to kick-start a poetry unit. Made up of poetry written by black poets, this resource provides three themed sections (family and friends, sports, and dreams) that can be used however you see fit. Each section includes a main poem, background information about the topic and poem, discussion questions, activities, and additional poems that relate to the theme of the section.
Building a Sculpture
Youngsters view a photograph of Mark di Suvero's three-dimensional sculpture, "Lao Tzu." They note the shapes visible in the piece and then create their own works of art using simple shapes.
Students explore the traits of birds to uncover information about their eggs, feathers, beaks and other characteristics. The data is probed through a variety of exploration centers.
Students compare and contrast two songs by Dizzy Gillespie and identify elements of bebop. They construct a Web page about Gillespie and his music.
Paint & Paper: Free-Form Musical Art
Students explore painting their feelings as they enjoy this musical art activity. In this early childhood visual art lesson, students use paint to respond to music.