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Classroom Music-related Lessons I Eric Gopher Server
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A variety of classroom lesson plans.

TITLE: UNDERSTANDING WAVES

AUTHOR: Vilia Natchez; Our Lady of Snows, NV

GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 3-5 Waves

OVERVIEW:

Sound, water and light travel in waves. All three have troughs and crests. Sound is a disturbance of air waves with pitch. Water waves travel in a circle away from the source of disturbance. Light waves travel in a straight line unless they meet an obstacle.

Experiments in this unit may be built upon or deleted in order to fit the time frame (1-3 lessons) desired.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this lesson is to give children a basic understanding of the physical properties of waves without becoming too technical.

OBJECTIVES:

Children are to understand the terms "crest " and "trough" as related to waves. They are to use a hands-on method using toys to become aware that waves are in air, water, and light.

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TITLE: BELLS'N'SCALES

AUTHOR: Jimmy R. Lazenby; Casady School, Oklahoma City, OK

GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 2-5 Science and Music

OVERVIEW:

The students need not know how to read music but must be able to recognize numbers and letters and place them in Sequence.

PURPOSE:

In music this lesson allows the exploration of musical notation using the knowledge and skills already acquired (i.e. numbers, letters, and arranging according to pitch level). In science the student can discover the relationship between the size of the sound source and the pitch.

OBJECTIVES:

The students will be able: (1) to discover a way to identify the tune, using the bells (bottles) and the numbers on the chart; (2) to differentiate between pitches by listening and comparing each one then arranging them in order; (3) to determine which bell (bottle) is smaller; the higher or lower ones.

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TITLE: Finding the Beat

Library Media Skills Objectives:

The student will locate music books and recordings related to the rhythm of music from various countries.

Curriculum (subject area) Objectives:

This activity may be integrated into music unit on rhythm in popular music or a social studies unit on the modern music various countries.

Grade Levels: 7-8

Resources:

This activity requires access to modern popular recordings. The public library may be helpful in locating appropriate records.

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TITLE: Where Did Rock and Roll Come From?

Library Media Skills Objectives:

The student will use specialized music reference sources to locate information about the origins of rock and roll.The student will take notes on the origins of rock and roll and organize the notes into an outline.

Curriculum (subject area) Objectives:

This activity may be used in connection with a social studies or music unit on the history of musical styles and forms.

Grade Level: 7-8

Resources:

Books

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Ethnic Folk Dancing: Hungary and Romania

Library Media Skills Objectives:

The student will follow a research process to complete an assignment about folk dances.

The student will locate resources on a specific topic. The student will use the selected resources to find pertinent information.

Curriculum (subject area) Objectives:

The activity may be used in connection with a music or physical education unit on folk dance or folk music.

Grade Levels: 4-5

Resources:

Students must use various kinds of catalogs in the library media center to find appropriate materials. The library media specialist may suggest a number of subject headings or descriptors for inititating the search including HUNGARY, DANCE, HUNGARIAN FOLK DANCE, ROMANIA, FOLK DANCE, EASTERN EUROPE-DANCE, and COSTUMES. The titles listed may be found in many library media center collections.

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TITLE: Create-a-Composition

AUTHOR: Cheryl Nelson, Springville, UT

GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 2-6, music (basic knowledge of musical scale and notes needed)

OVERVIEW: Expressing oneself creatively in the performing arts media adds an extra dimension to one's creative energies. Composing a musical piece will spark in the child a new found enthusiasm for music and its value in his/her social and effective learning development.

RESOURCES/MATERIALS: melody bells, one octave xylophones (many children will have them in their homes and are more than willing to bring them to school), tube bells, piano, electronic keyboards (many children will have the small keyboards)

Each students needs one of the above items, musical staffpaper, and a sharpened pencil.

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