This lesson is a small part of a larger unit on the science of sound. The unit has several sections, including: how sound is made, the elements of sound, how sounds travel, and how we hear sounds. This particular lesson is part of the section in which we distinguish the difference between musical sound and noise. We examine the different ways in which musical instruments make sound - or the different way each one creates vibrations of air.
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 be able to identify "same" and "different" in sections of “Trepak” from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, while learning and practicing different kinds of locomotor and non-locomotor movements. Students will work on skipping, galloping, hopping, jumping, walking, tiptoeing as well as bending, twisting, and stretching all in time with the music. Students will be able to identify when the tempo of the music gets faster.
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.
In this lesson, students will analyze and explore story elements while listening to the first movement, Allegro ma non troppo, of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony. Students will be able to define setting, plot, theme, and imagery (figurative language) and identify the above elements in a story. Students will apply their knowledge and create their own story elements.
In this lesson, students will continue practicing sequencing (putting events in a logical order) after listening to the opening of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, first movement, Allegro con brio. Students will create a storyboard with pictures and captions to describe the events that developed as they listened to the music. This lesson will encourage students to listen to music to develop a story. They will complete a storyboard to draw and then write the sequence of events that occurred throughout the music.
Students will listen to Copland's Appalachian Spring while listening to a reading of Heartland by Diane Siebert. They will listen for sensory details in both the music and the literature. Students will then write their own poems and create a watercolor.
Poetry is like a song. When you read poetry, you hear and feel different phrases and beats, created by the placement of punctuation and choice of words. As students listen to Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, third movement Alla Turca: Allegretto in A minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, they will hear how music also has phrases of different lengths and music notation that creates beats the listener will hear and feel. Students will learn how to critique poetry for its rhythm and beats, created by both word choice and punctuation.
Poetry is like a song. When you read poetry, you hear and feel different phrases and beats, created by the placement of punctuation and choice of words. As students listen to Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, third movement Alla Turca: Allegretto in A minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, they will hear how music also has phrases of different lengths and music notation that creates beats the listener will hear and feel. Students will learn how to write poetry that has rhythm and beats, created by both word choice and punctuation.
This lesson provides students with an opportunity to listen to music and express their feelings through describing words, as they learn how to express themselves verbally. Using Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, we compare the music of two characters at a time and complete a Venn diagram of describing words. Students select their favorite character, draw a picture of the character, and write a sentence or two about the character, using the descriptive language from our Venn diagrams, as they develop vocabulary and enhance their writing.