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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.
Sixth graders combine sounds or movements to create rhythm in dance and language. In this rhythm lesson, 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.
Students explore music theory by reading children's stories in class. In this Jazz history instructional 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.