This lesson focuses on the collage-like paintings of the Italian Mannerist painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The four paintings named after the seasons are La Primavera (Spring), L'Esate (Summer), L'Autunno (Autumn), and L'Inverno (Winter). This lesson integrates an art history lesson on Arcimboldo, a visual arts lesson on collage, a health lesson on healthy foods, and a classical music appreciation lesson on Antonio Vivaldi and his four violin concertos entitles The Four Seasons.
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.
Students will be able to relate the similarities and differences experienced by orchestra members and students of a first grade class as connected to the idea of the interdependence within a community. They will recognize that as members of a classroom community there are expectations for jobs, behavior, and intrinsic motivation to function to the best of the individual's ability.
Students will understand the relationship between musical notes and fractional parts. They will become familiar with the concept of equivalent fractions. They will understand the importance of finding common denominators prior to adding fractions.
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.
Music can portray and evoke emotions. What musical elements do you hear that make you feel a certain way? How does the composer use these elements to portray emotion? Students will listen to a musical selection and brainstorm the feelings it evokes, and then move into a writing activity about that emotion.
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.