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.
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.
This is a lesson that integrates technology and music. Through this lesson, students complete several activities, including: 1) recognizing how body language and visual images (paintings and photos) convey emotion or meaning; 2) discussing what fonts are (i.e., styles of text) 3) deep listening and describing musical pieces, including comparing and contrasting musical pieces; and 4) using a template with descriptions about each music piece, students select an appropriate font to match the music.
While reading and performing Shakespeare's Hamlet, students will learn about the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia. Students will explore the idea of love further through music, specifically Richard Wagner's three-act opera, Tristan und Isolde. Students will compare and contrast the different types of love expressed (in both the opera and the play) as well as compare and contrast the way love is communicated through music and dramatic performance.
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 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.