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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 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.
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.
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.
Lao Tzu was the fabled author of the Toa te Ching, Lau Tzu is also the name of a large sculptural piece. Kids examine Mark di Suvero's larger-than-life sculptures in relation to the elements of art they've learner about. They examine each piece for color, line, space, and shape. They then analyze their own doodle art in the same way.
Learn about each of the major players that contributed to each genre of modern/contemporary music. This slideshow covers the last 100 years in American music, from Gershwin to Michael Jackson, Folk to Reggae. Tip: It would be great to incorporate a few music clips so that children who haven't been exposed to these genres can understand the musical progression better.