PBS Kids Go Buster-Lost and Found/ The Music Mystery
Students watch two episodes of Buster on PBS. They visit Mexico, and examine it geographic location and language. They sing a Spanish song. In the second episode, they visit New Orleans to view its culture as Buster role plays as a private eye.
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Responding Syllables: Reading and Music
Shell Silverstein’s “Sick” provides an opportunity for kids to demonstrate their understanding of syllables and phonemes. The class creates a list of descriptive words used in the poem that have more than one syllable, and brainstorm how...
1st - 2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Music: Sounds on the Farm
Singing is a great way to build memory, music, and verbal communication skills. Little ones sing the song, "Old Mac Donald had a Farm." They make the sounds of each animal on the farm paying attention to signaling cues, singing high, and...
Pre-K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
Fabulous Fibonacci and His Nifty Numbers
Fibonacci numbers are not only found in the classroom but also in nature. Explore the concept of Fibonacci numbers through a series of lessons designed to gain insight into the mathematical reasoning behind the number pattern, and spark...
3rd - 5th Math CCSS: Adaptable
The Giving Tree - Improvising Music for a Story
If you are reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, bring music to your class's interpretation with a lesson plan about musical improvisation. After listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, kids use their own understanding of music as...
K - 2nd English Language Arts
Lesson: Uncovering a Mystery: Making a Hypothesis
The class is presented with an image of a hand-carved leg. They act as art historians and hypothesize as to the purpose, nature, and creators of this amazing wooden leg. They compose journal entries from the point of view of an art...
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson: Before You Go...Travel Recommendations from the Experts!
Here is a activity that sounds like a lot of fun. Kids discuss the artistic elements and motives for the painting, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. To get the scope and scale of this oversized masterpiece, they use butcher paper and the...
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts