Music: Off the Wall & Onto the Stage - Composing
Kids explore Gullah music from Africa and then create original compositions based on what they've learned. They practice traditional melodies and rhythms then make some of their own, which they then perform for the class.
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General Music: Grades 4 & 5
The story behind the Star Spangled Banner sets off this singing and music lesson. Emergent singers study facts about Francis Scott Key and his famous song, they then discuss and practice singing the first verse paying close attention to...
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Putting it All Together: Music Composition
Fifth graders explore performing arts by composing a music piece. In this melody notation lesson, 5th graders identify the first five notes in the diatonic scale which they utilize to create a melody over 8 measures. Students perform...
5th Visual & Performing Arts
"Mars" from The Planets
Gustav Holst's The Planets provide young musicians an opportunity to examine how composers can create a suite: a collection of smaller pieces grouped to explore a single topic. After listening to "Jupiter," they examine "Mars" in detail,...
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Theater Arts/Creative Movement Lesson Plan
Here is a series of five exercises intended to bring movement, dance, and theater into the classroom. Intended for special ed classes, but appropriate for any grade, learners will pantomime, play pretend, dance, move, and create...
3rd - 5th Special Education & Programs
Dance: Discovering the Culture of Gullah
It's wonderful to see a instructional activity that incorporates art, movement, and writing. These three forms of creative expression are explored as learners dance to music from the Gullah people of West Africa. They analyze several...
5th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts
Melodies and Math: Creating Music with Non-Traditional Instruments
Learners review the 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures in music. For this music theory lesson, students review basic music theory, experiment with electronic sounds, and create their own musical performance using instruments made from materials...
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson Plan: How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote...
1st - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Rain & Rainbow Board Game (Variation of Snakes & Ladders)
Perfect for a rainy day, this adorable printable board game will enchant your class! The game is made up of a board, a set of rainbows to glue onto the board in the indicated places, and three characters. Glue the cloudy background onto...
K - 4th Social Studies & History