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Duke Ellington: Great American Musician and Composer
Students delve into the life and music of Duke Ellington as a major American musician and composer. The elements that made the sound of his orchestra unique and the talents of his band members are explored in this lesson.
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 58 Downloads
The Brass Family
Students observe a PowerPoint presentation to explore how brass instruments produce wounds. They observe the teacher demonstrate the proper use of the mouthpiece and slides to produce a tone. With and without the mouthpiece, students then "buzz" their lips to crate a sound.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 19 Downloads
Students explore the life and accomplishments of George Gershwin. They listen to Latin rhythms and practice the rhythmic parts. Students identify Latin instruments George Gershwin added to the orchestra. After practice, they perform a rhythm ensemble using the Latin instruments.
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 31 Downloads
An Introduction To The Instruments Of The Orchestra
Students explore a variety of instruments to discover their sound. After watching an orchestra play, students discover the categories of instruments such as woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. In teams, they listen to music and guess the instrument that matches the sound.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 59 Downloads
High schoolers evaluate in class performance of music previously prepared by the ensemble. The rubric and assessment criteria are adaptable to any orchestra setting which allows the teacher to choose music to be assessed. Critical thinking skills are developed through performance standards.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 23 Downloads
“In Memoriam:” Influential Economists and Their Theories
Here is a great activity that will help your class members review the theories of classic economists regarding markets, competition, and individual initiative. After dividing into groups, learners will plan a eulogy to celebrate the life of a classical or Keysnesian economist, such as Adam Smith or John Hicks.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Vocabulary Unit 5.3: Hobbies and Activities, Food and Drink
Combine your class's hobbies with food and drink in a vocabulary activity. After filling out a timetable and deciding which activities occur in school and after school, kids use a word bank to complete sentences about various types of food.
3rd - 8th English Language Development 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Language Focus and Vocabulary Unit 1.1: Present Tense, Adverbs of Frequency
Work on basic grammar concepts and vocabulary about free time activities with a language arts worksheet. After kids write negative and affirmative questions and answers in the present tense, they complete sentences using a word bank. Next, they put adverbs of frequency in order, and complete matching activities with vocabulary words.
4th - 8th Language Arts 8 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Music As Survival: Alma Rose and the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra
Students explore a period of European history in which musicians have used theri musical talents and abilities to survive and rise above extremely difficult situations. The psychological uses of music by the Nazis is examined in this seven lessons unit.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 18 Downloads
Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra
Students examine the characteristics of the four families of instruments. They read an eBook, unscramble instruments and categorize them in the correct families, take a quiz, and explore the San Francisco Symphony website.
2nd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 17 Downloads
Do These Add Up?
Common Core mathematical practices require that young mathematicians not only know how to add fractions with unlike denominators, but also to recognize when adding fractions are appropriate for the word problem. Fifth graders are given nine different word problems and asked to identify when and why adding fractions is correct.
5th Math 11 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Playing With Your Food
Students discover about the form and function of traditional musical instruments, then use this knowledge to create non-traditional instruments that replicate the sounds of traditional instruments. They use vegetables to create their instruments!
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 6 Downloads
Percussion Instruments and Pitch
Students play string instruments to discover how the pitch changes on various string instruments. For this pitch lesson, students listen to video clips and play an online music game. Students become familiar with music vocabulary.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 29 Downloads
Woodwind Instruments and Pitch
Students explore musical pitch. In this cross curriculum musical instruments and "sound" physics lesson, students identify and describe common traits of woodwind instruments. Students research "pitch" and what causes pitch fluctuation by viewing a number of web sites.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 36 Downloads
Duking It Out
Students read and discuss 'Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Mixing Treasures by Duke Ellington and Edvard Grieg,' exploring how jazz transformed European music and the influence jazz has had on modern music. They write musical reviews.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 33 Downloads
Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf"
Fourth graders study Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." They explore the characters and the instruments that represent the characters. They create their own version of "Peter and the Wolf" for the purpose of introducing the kindergartners to the classroom instruments and developing a love for music (much like the purpose that Prokofiev wrote his).
4th Visual & Performing Arts 19 Views 75 Downloads