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Learners complete a unit on the music, dance, and folklore of the African American culture. They read, write, and dramatize folktales, create a timeline of African American music, conduct a web scavenger hunt, and create a computer slideshow presentation as the culminating project of the unit.
Fifth graders work in groups in order to research a specific music era or dance style to share with the class. They have studied different music styles that are included in the lesson plan and now they have the choice to research one. There is a test included in this lesson plan for assessment purposes.
Seventh graders listen to a variety of folktales sharing experiences of slavery. As a class, they compare and contrast reading a story and telling a story. They participate in a role play activity to discover the journey of a slave and reflect on the activity in their journal. After watching a video, they discuss how point of view influences ones view of history.
Explore the benefits of physical activity and how it will affect your students' health. Students track their physical activities for one week and then compare their results. Collaboration with a math teacher woould be useful as it would allow for greater analysis of the data.
Students create a musical autobiography. For this fine arts lesson, students explore the emotions that music can express by listening to and discussing a variety of music. Students construct a personal timeline and a collection of music reflecting events and emotions in their life.
Reinforce all those skills you've been teaching with a game of Trivial Pursuit, math style! Each child moves around the game board and attempts to answer each question in order to gain a colored wedge, just like the real game. The difference here is that they need to answer real-world word problems involving fractions and also show their work. Everything you need to play is included and ready to print!
Explore the characteristics of four very different musical styles. Your class will consider the rhythm, pitch, voice, and timber of each style. They'll practice reading musical notation, identifying elements of music theory, while researching Musicals, Kwaito, Soukous, and folk music.
Upper graders respond to a series of opinions posted about the music played at last year's Fashion Week in New York City. They describe the music on their personal playlists, why they like it, and what moods they try to evoke through their music choices. There is also a link to a list of 10 teaching tips for using this blog.
Only boys like Rock n' Roll. That's not so! Eighth graders consider the origin of rock music as well as some associated stereotypes. They discuss who listens to rock music, when it originated, and then they analyze some current pop lyrics. Great teaching notes are included.