Lesson on Staccato
After listening to music with a staccato sound and explaining the term to the children, spread a sheet of plastic on the floor. Students sit around the plastic. Place the popcorn popper in the middle of the plastic and fill it with oil and popcorn (or use an air popper). Pop popcorn without the cover on letting the popcorn fall onto the plastic sheet. At the end of the popcorn demonstration, talk about the staccato sound that was made by the popcorn popping.