In the paper-based Ancient Civilizations activity, students create their own civilization and see how it fares over the years based on choices they make for location, animals, plants and natural resources. Students create an artistic rendering of their civilization, trade resources between their civilizations and go to war with an unnamed enemy. This activity was inspired by Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.
Students explore call and response songs through singing.
Students create a class composition of a thunderstorm by exploring expressive qualities of crescendo/decrescendo and accelerando/ritardando
Students create different versions of a known song and listen to contrasting recordings for musical differences and similarities.
Students compose and notate short melodies using their names.
Students compose and notate short 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8 rhythms across multiple class periods.
Students compose and notate short rhythms in 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8 meters across multiple class periods.
Students create and perform melodic contours.
Students play an identification game of hot and cold using their voices and dynamics.
Students explore expressive qualities in music through listening, singing, and moving.
Students explore the sound, evolution, performance techniques, and culture of guitar-like instruments from around the world.
Students create movements to represent long and short rhythmic patterns and compose patterns using non-traditional notation.
Students explore steady beat and instruments of the percussion family.
Students explore expressive qualities through various string techniques.
Students demonstrate the expressive quality of tempo through movement.
Students explore healthy posture through storytelling and observation.
Students use language and movement to explore accents in music.
Students use samba rhythms and percussion to improvise in rondo form.