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.
After learning about the discovery of nuclear radiation and the development of nuclear weapons, students will create a claymation video to illustrate nuclear decay, fusion, fission and nuclear chain reactions. Student write scripts and story boards, create backdrops, clay characters, and add music, voice over and text to demonstrate their understanding of the subject.
Students will improve vocabulary and writing skills by writing a sensory/descriptive story utilizing elements of both art and music as their inspiration. Students will pay close attention to the six traits of writing - editing our first drafts and making improvements in ideas and content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions. Students will demonstrate an understanding of general musical terminology.
In this lesson, students are introduced to spirituals - songs created and sang by enslaved African Americans for many reasons including: expressing values, a source of inspiration and motivation, an expression of protest and coded communication. Students will listen to spirituals and sing a spiritual, then identify characteristics of spirituals. Students will decode a spiritual.
After deep listening to Aaron Copland's Rodeo, Buckaroo Holiday, students will understand that music may add to and/or change the mood of written words, spoken words, or pictures for the listener or observer. They will also learn that music often tells its own story. Students will match historic photos to the music and learn to listen to music with open minds while visualizing what the music is depicting. Students used the photographs as models for their illustrations.
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.
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 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.