Let's Explore!

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Explore the world through music with two lessons that bring focus to four composers—Gabriela Lena Frank, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Bedrř˘ich Smetana, and Mason Bates. After listening to musical pieces and viewing informative videos, scholars reflect upon their observations through poetry, dance, illustration, story writing, and grand conversation. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a bulletin board that showcases the featured musicians, the countries from which the music came, and new vocabulary 
  • Gather additional musical pieces from around the world—Latin America, Europe, Africa, etc.—to play while learners work on tasks independently 
  • If applicable, coordinate with the school's music teacher to team-teach or extend the learning experience during music class 
Classroom Considerations

  • Music can be accessed through Spotify—link provided in Included Materials—a free account is required 
  • The reflection assignment is designed to follow a field trip to a specific concert 
Pros

  • The Table of Contents contains linked titles 
  • Encourages critical thinking, hands-on learning, and movement 
  • Lesson plans are written in detail and include teacher tips for easier implementation 
Cons

  • None