This cooperative improvisation between fifth and second grade students can be planned and performed in less than one hour, but preparation for the event should include several previous experiences including viewing the famous painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, hearing the historical details from a variety of sources, engaging in student discussions of the events surround the planning and the Battle of Trenton and identifying targeted musical concepts.
Students listen critically to two distinct compositions by composer Aaron Copland to help them connect with their own family's traditions and cultures. Through interviews, art and writing, students will gain a better understanding of their own heritage.
This lesson was created for primary age students but can easily be adapted into an intermediate or middle school social studies lesson. Students will explore a period of time when African Americans were striving to make their mark on American music. Ragtime music will be experienced through listening to classics, observing performances, researching the life of Scott Joplin, learning dances, and wearing self-made costumes of the era. They will reflect on the Ragtime music, the struggle of African Americans, and the life skills of successful people who persevere.
Students will develop the skill to write more expressively using descriptive words and phrases such as adjectives, adverbs, metaphors and similes in order to make their writing come alive, and be more visual and engaging.
This lesson is designed to help students understand that Classical music can refer to music composed during a period in music history known as the Classical Period rather than the style of all symphonic music. The students will be given a brief overview of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern Periods of music. Next, students will learn about the lives of two famous composers of the Classical Period, Beethoven and Mozart.
Students will study the pioneer life through the sounds of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. After gaining knowledge of the pioneer's daily life, struggles, and hardships, students will collaborate to create a pioneer scene using modeling clay. Students will use the flip cameras to capture a Claymation® video of the pioneer life incorporating Appalachian Spring as background music, as they learn about the trials and hardships of pioneer life as they moved west into a new frontier.
Students develop reading fluency and comprehension in nonfiction text as they learn about the period of time from post-Civil War to the 1930s. Students take notes and complete a finished project in the form of a slideshow to create art work, import pictures, and type text about the person they studied and music from a composer who lived during the same time period. The finished slideshow shares information and pictures about the person they studied, has transitions, and music from a famous composer.
Students will listen to Civil War era music composed by nineteenth century composers from the North and from the South. The objective of this lesson will be for students to practice forming sentences which compare ideas using correlative conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, and/or specialized prepositions (during, while, from, to). Students will describe both pieces of music. The teacher will create a Venn diagram using the students' descriptions. Students will connect ideas using sentence frames provided by the teacher.
Students examine the role of music and dance in the lives of early colonists. Students will begin to learn the steps to the Virginia Reel without any music. The dance is performed to many tunes. After listening to several selections, students discuss and choose one tune to which they will dance during the Fifth Grade Colonial Days Celebration. The discussion should show students' understanding of colonial life and culture and influences that shaped it.
Students will understand the qualities of jazz and connect the music to The Great Gatsby, namely Fitzgerald’s writing style and his words. Students will also make a final determination whether jazz is a representation of social status and class.
Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, students will discover how difficult it is to compose music with a hearing loss. Children will develop an understanding of overcoming disabilities and preserving through life's struggles. Students will learn how to compose four bars of music using 4-4 time.