Summary of Lesson Plan:
Music is a great way for students to explore their creative side and engage in performance. Young students (the target for this lesson) have had some experience with musical instruments it can be assumed during their early life stages and may have created musical preferences so as teachers of music we need to give students the opportunity to explore different styles of music and instruments at this age to give them a broader appreciation of the world of music and what can be achieved. This will give them the confidence to explore and try new things – an important lesson for children to learn.
This activity will give students the opportunity to explore different instruments to recreate sounds heard in a story. They will have the chance to work cooperatively with their classmates as they add sounds from various instruments and other tools to the song ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.
This lesson is designed to engage the students by allowing them the freedom and creatively to add their own touches to the song/story.
Australian Curriculum Links:
- Develop aural skills by exploring and imitating sounds, pitch and rhythm patterns using voice, movement and body percussion (ACAMUM080)
- Sing and play instruments to improvise, practise a repertoire of chants, songs and rhymes, including songs used by cultural groups in the community(ACAMUM081)
- Create compositions and perform music to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAMUM082)
- Respond to music and consider where and why people make music, starting with Australian music, including music of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAMUR083)
Lesson Plan Sequence:
Introduction/Motivation – 10 minutes
Body – 30 minutes
This strategy is designed to give students the chance to explore, which is a great focus of arts education. As the teacher we shall inform students about the objects but also giving them room to explore and generate ideas by themselves about how they want to take the lesson.
Look through each page of the book and have students decide which instrument will best make the sound that they believe will create a sound similar to that on the page. i.e. what instrument can make a sound similar to walking through sticky mud.
Conclusion – 20 minutes
- Evaluation will take place in looking at the way in which the students engaged in the lesson. As this book is a popular tale and has been the case for a substantial period of time it is hoped all students will engage in the lesson.
- Assessment can be completed by watching the way in which the students work with each other to create the sounds of the story. Asking questions along the way will help to identify students who are understanding the concept and those who are struggling with the ideas.
- Future lessons would continue to focus on introducing new instruments as well as developing the skills of listening to music and the understanding of it.
- Book and CD (Audio version) of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’
- A large variety of different musical instruments and other materials that could be used to make sounds for the story/song.
- Audio Player
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