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To celebrate diversity and the purpose of Harmony Day, the class examines culturally diverse music and expression through line drawing. They discuss that all cultures produce music and that music can convey mood just like art can. As the teacher plays three very different pieces of music, the class uses crayons to draw a visual representation of how the music makes them feel. Tip: Have the class explore how each song expresses the culture that created it.
Music has the power to convey messages, concepts, and feelings. Sixth graders listen to and analyze the cultural and historical context of several spirituals and working songs sung in Africa and also during the slave period in American history. Lyrics and music instructional suggestions are included. A great lesson to integrate into any unit on slavery, the South, or American history.
Students participate in a variety of lessons/activities designed to teach them about Mexico. They discuss the language and the flag of Mexico. Students learn about the celebrations, family values, music and food of Mexico. The final project, a Pinata, ties together different aspects of the unit into a final celebration.
Each of the three dance lessons included here will get your class moving. The first lesson allows learners to explore how music and movement differ in meaning depending on cultural context. Lesson two gives them an opportunity to create their own simple dances. Finally, lesson three has them apply dance principles and vocabulary to each movement they make.
First graders develop fluency and awareness of concepts of print. In this music and language arts lesson, 1st graders identify patterns and music in singing with those found while reading. Students practice skills in guided reading groups, choral reading, echo reading, and cloze. Materials and directions are provided throughout this six week unit.
This online resource is composed of a writing sample about teacher appreciation and a writing prompt for learners. You could use this as an in-class journal activity or you could have class members post their responses on the New York Times' Learning Network webpage. The writing sample is well-written and provides an effective model for young writers. This journal might lead into a discussion or larger project about appreciation.
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening activity. They hear the story Drummer Hoff and listen to a related piece of music. When they hear the character they have been assigned, they beat a unique rhythm on an Orff instrument.
Sound, vibrations, resonance, and frequency are explored as learners use music to foster scientific inquiry. They engage in three different sound experiments and follow up discussions to foster a better understanding of how musical instruments work in relation to the scientific concepts of vibration and sound frequency. Each activity is fully explained and worksheets are included.
Analyzing Island of the Blue Dolphins, elementary readers discuss the main characters, setting, and plot of the story. Individuals then write a short summary, illustrate, and choose a piece of music to enhance one chapter. Each individual's work is compiled in a class movie.
Here is a wonderful collection of lessons that focus on the music produced during the Renaissance period. Vocal music, instrumental music, and dances that were common to this era are all studied. Learners should understand the impacts that history, religion, and culture had on the art forms produced during this colorful time. Lots of opportunities to create rhythm, harmony, and melody are offered. A terrific set of plans!
Students experience scarcity in a game of musical chairs. In this scarcity and economics lesson, students read Monster Musical Chairs, then the class discusses wants, needs, and scarcity in relation to their own experiences. The class plays musical chairs as a comparison to how you can have wants that aren't fulfilled due to scarcity.
Students compose short compositions using Doodle Pad. In this Musical composition lesson, students a clef and note lines to prior knowledge of the treble clef and note lines to write short songs on the computer. Students use Music Ace software (the Doodle Pad component) to complete their compositions.
Here is a terrific series of lessons designed to introduce preschoolers to the wonderful world of music and sound. A variety of activities are utilized to help students explore and discover elements of sound, rhythm, and dynamics in both the musical world and in the natural world. This wonderful series incorporates elements of math, science, dramatic play, and movement. A spectacular educational resource for your pre-schoolers!
Music, culture, social studies, and plant growth all in one! Kids explore the various type of traditional African instruments that are made out of gourds. They then grow their own gourds and use them to create a wide variety of African style instruments. They can then decorate and play their instruments to create a uniquely traditional African sound.
Music aficionados classify pop music into by musical genres or styles. They evaluate the positive and negatives of collaborative performances, view segments of VH1's "Save the Music" concert, and discuss the difficulties of categorizing modern music. Web links and a pop music chart are included.