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Sixth graders read a poem. In this figurative language instructional activity, 6th graders identify figurative language in sentences, read the poem Winter Dark and identify the figurative language, and meet with their literature circle groups.
Opera and Poetry
Sixth graders examine the basic elements of an opera in a three part lesson. Part one includes listening to opera excerpts and analyzing the excerpts in writing; part 2 includes recognizing the elements of a quatrain, identifying and creating rhyme schemes, and writing their own quatrains based on Greek or Roman myths. The unit is culminated in part three where students compose and perform an opera based on a Greek or Roman literary source.
Patriotic Songs at the White House
Students read about White House events at which music is an important feature and study about three well known patriotic songs sung and played on some of these important occasions.
"Mambo" from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Students encounter and study "Mambo" from "West Side Story," by Leonard Bernstein. They practice utilizing musical elements (instrumentation, tempo, and dynamics) to create a certain mood for a scene with music. Each student interprets or imitate various experiences through pantomime, dramatization, role playing, etc.
Students explore Western and Chinese instruments. In this cross-curricular music and history lesson, students identify and classify instruments. Students view websites that include Chinese cultural history, and write a paragraph based on research done. Students create an instrument using recycled materials.
"Infernal Dance" From The Firebird, by Igor Stravinsky
This worksheet about Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird, provides information about the composer, the ballet, and the "Infernal Dance." It also includes questions about the music, as well as extension activities such as a puppet show.
Young scholars discuss the structure of the musical film "The Bolero." In this film arts instructional activity, students watch "The Bolero" before participating in discussion questions and watching a second performance of the same musical. Included in this learning guide is helpful background information about the composer and the composition.
Students explore Chinese instruments. In this Chinese instrument music lesson, students listen to a performance by Liu Fang and describe the sounds they hear. Students classify western and Chinese instruments according to their instrument family. Students research an assigned instrument, create an original instrument with recycled materials, and perform Chinese music for the class.
Henry V Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 14 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's Henry V. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Science of Sound
Students study sound and how it can be created with air vibrations. In this sound lesson students experiment with different instruments to create different sounds and music.
VH1 Goes Inside (Out) Trey and Dave Go to Africa
High schoolers discuss the Western method of teaching and learning music and compare that to the aural transmission method used around the world. They practice singing two songs using aural transmission and watch a video showing musicians learning this way.
Families of Instruments
Young scholars identify families of instruments. In this music lesson, students read Berlioz the Bear and identify the families of instruments. Young scholars sing "Mr. Gus Goes Goofy," and listen for the sounds of the instruments.
Antonio Vivaldi-The Four Seasons
Second graders uncover the form, timbre, and the significance of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" in the five lessons of this unit. The use of instrumentation forms the basis of the lessons.
The Double Bass and The Clarinet
In this worksheet about the double bass and the clarinet, students read about both instruments, then complete related activities. Worksheet includes a link to an interactive page.
String Instruments and Pitch
Learners make predictions and explore how pitch is altered in string instruments. In this acoustic science lesson, students learn the types and parts of string instruments and create their own. They listen to classical music and identify the instruments. Learners experiment with the pitch of homemade string instruments using rubber bands.
Duke Ellington and the Rise of Jazz in New York
Students consider how Duke Ellington impacted the rise of jazz music. In this jazz music lesson, students listen to a lecture regarding the life and work of Ellington. Students also watch a video regarding Ellington and discuss music of the African-American genre.
Sound Production on Instruments and with the Human Voice
Fourth graders actively participate in discussions and experiments about sound production. They use correct terminology, choosing language from the basic elements of music and science.
Zin! Pluck! Bang!
Students investigate the different instruments in a symphonic orchestra. They discuss the music of William Grant Still. Students identify instrument families and individual instruments. They see, hear, and touch instruments used in William Grant Still's compositions. Students will instrumentally
In this sequence learning exercise, students read the short story and then select the best choice about story sequence to complete the 5 questions.
Fanfare For the Common Man by Aaron Copland
In this music appreciation worksheet, learners listen to Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland. Students read about the composer and the structure and history of the piece. Learners answer 6 questions about the difference between a bugle call and a fanfare and complete a maze.