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Do a grapevine to the left, lift your hands in the air, and sing out, "Hey!" These are the steps second graders will do when they sing and dance the Israeli folk song, "Achshav.” They will explore the concept of multicultural music and dance as they learn a song from the middle east.
Students explore their family history. In this series of roots lessons, students participate in a variety of activities to learn about families. Students compare and contrast, discuss, read stories, and create art projects to help them learn and share about their family.
Fourth graders begin the lesson plan by listening and singing along to various songs from different cultures. In groups, they research the ways different groups have used music to express themselves and compare and contrast them in an organizer. They work together to create their own piece of music that represents their own culture. To end the lesson plan, they develop a new culture and another original piece of music.
Students explore Argentinean music. In this multicultural music lesson, students examine online examples of Argentinean rhythm. Students use the "Notation Station" download site to compose Argentinean music. Students listen to excerpts of Tango music and perform the dance steps.
Fourth graders sing, play, and listen to music from other cultures. In this cultural appreciation lesson, 4th graders compare and contrast the music of other cultures. As a culminating activity, students invent their own culture, define their culture's parameters for musical expression and compose a piece of music for their culture.
First graders discover common connections between cultures and people by participating in a class activity. In this personal connections lesson, 1st graders identify the different ways people are connected, such as geography, religion, culture, and language. Students participate in a game of telephone which demonstrates the ability for people close to each other to misinterpret meanings.
Music and social studies combine in this rich lesson plan designed to deepen learners understanding of Ohio and its many cultural groups. After a whole class discussion on the cultural groups the make up Ohio's society and the elements of music, small groups choose one cultural group and research their music. This complete unit of lesson plans includes a bibliography of websites, instructional procedures, rubrics and excellent graphic organizers to structure student research. Just add music!
Fifth graders study the Ohio regional cultures and the role music plays in culture. In this culture and music instructional activity, 5th graders complete research and make a presentation that illustrates an Ohio cultural group and its location, customs, practices, social behaviors, and music.
Learners study the role of the flute in Native American music while determining what an exemplary example of flute music sounds like. They develop a method of assessing a Native American flute performance. They perform a Native American flute piece before assessing it, and the performances of others.
Students read stories using animated, interactive versions of electronic books. They practice word recognition to increase their reading ability through sight vocabulary. They translate sight word from English to Spanish. They complete a number of activities not using the computer that help increase reading skills.
Students draw a bird they observed that include all of its characteristics. In this bird drawing lesson plan, students watch a video about the characteristics of birds. They then go outside and observe birds in their area and discuss the characteristics. Then students draw the birds including the characteristics.