In order to create music to the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr., the students will:
This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.
In this activity, students will explore music vocabulary by watching an age-appropriate video. Students will sing two familiar songs using a fast tempo and then a slow tempo. They will choose which tempo works best for each song. Students will identify the tempo of various music clips using picture cards.
In this lesson plan, Theresa Cocci uses her book "Harry's Horrible Hair" to guide students in identifying feelings and thoughts, expressing their own feelings and emotions through movement, and discussing empathy. They then explore and create musical responses using speech, rhythm, and instruments. In doing so, this lesson connects SEL competencies and literature to musical creation. You will need access to the book "Harry's Horrible Hair", various suggested musical repertoire, emoji visuals, Orff instruments, and a whiteboard. Flashcards for the lesson are provided in the PDF. The lesson is in two parts. In the first lesson, students respond to questions about the story and play a freeze game using the suggested repertoire and emoji cards. In the second lesson, students learn a song about Harry and create their own musical answers to the question using words and instruments. Students then perform their work as Rondo.