After exploring nature and country life through literature, poetry, visual art, science and social science, young children will explore feelings about nature by responding with movement to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68, known as Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life. By listening to the words of Beethoven (from documented source materials), students will become familiar with his feelings and his desire to express these feelings through his Symphony No. 6.
After viewing the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy (e.g. Passages, Time and/or in the award-winning DVD Rivers and Tides), students explore the elements of visual art by creating Earth Art, using found natural objects, during at least two of the four seasons. Throughout the process, the works and the commentaries of the student artists are recorded with still and video photography. Using I-movie, a DVD is created, combining the Earth Art images with the corresponding seasonal music of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
This integrated lesson uses Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, first movement "Morning Mood," and Frederick Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2, to study day and night. As part of our science curriculum, we read and learned about day and night; routines at home and at school for day and night; and what animals are awake and asleep in the day and night.
Who are you? Where is your place in the world? These are questions that children (and adults) often ask themselves. This lesson draws parallels of self-discovery between composer Charles Ives's life story, as told in Gerstein’s What Charlie Heard, and the life of a lonely but dutiful scarecrow in Jane Yolen’s striking picture book, The Scarecrow’s Dance.
This is a series of lessons on Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, and is the culmination of a science unit on animals. During the animal unit, students learned about the different ways animals move. As an extension to the concept of how animals move, they were introduced to the book that accompanies the music of Carnival of the Animals. Each day we read and listened to one selection from the book and CD. We discussed various musical elements such as dynamics, tempo, and orchestration.
The students will describe the life of Duke Ellington and his contributions to the field of jazz. The students will create "nick names" similar to jazz performers of the 1920's by using adjectives that describe themselves. The students will create an original poem using a variety of popular vocabulary from the 1920s as well as adjectives that describe a mood they feel from listening to the musical selection. The students will create an illustration to decorate an adjective word wall in the room.
This lesson utilizes Classical and Disco music to teach about Beethoven's life while integrating many language arts standards at the same time. Music, art, and math were also incorporated into the theme unit. The main objective of this unit is to teach fact and opinion. There is no right or wrong answer to what makes music, music. It's a matter of opinion.
Students will be able to identify Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques. Students will acquire some knowledge about the composer and how he replicated real bird calls musically in this composition. Students will be able to create a drawing of their own exotic bird and describe it in great detail so that another student will be able to recreate the drawing. Students will learn the importance of accurate description in writing and following directions in drawing.
After learning about the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven and listening to a variety of musical selections, the students will create an Ode to Beethoven to express their appreciation and knowledge for his life and musical talent. In addition, the students learned about the artist Andy Warhol, and will use this knowledge to create an art piece of Beethoven in the style of Warhol.