Planets have their own individual personalities as expressed through Holst’s composition, The Planets. Students learn about the science facts on planets and then are introduced to the musical facts and background from The Planets After that, students compare and contrast The Planets in a Venn diagram.
Students will recognize and identify the sounds of different orchestral instruments; learn and use the tempo markings from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; research the similarities between adaptations in nature and variations in music/visual art; and create visual art which illustrates the connection among natural adaptations and music variations.
Students will recognize the sounds of different orchestral instruments, use musical dynamic markings in association with an increase or decrease in cell division, and create a presentation of the scientific process of cancer as depicted by the music, Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Eventually, they will recognize the role of mutation in genetic disorders such as Down’s syndrome and other conditions.
To accomplish goals, members of families must cooperate, just as members of the orchestra must cooperate to create beautiful music. Similarly, students in a classroom have similar constructs; everyone must do their best for themselves as well as for the good of the whole. This lesson helps students understand that an orchestra, a family and a classroom must work together to accomplish great things.