Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- Define musical family terms (string, woodwind, brass, and percussion)
- Describe musical instruments in the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion families
- Identify musical instruments by image and sound
This lesson will take approximately 45-60 minutes.
This lesson is aligned to the following Common Core standards:
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
- Multiple copies of the Musical Instruments Lesson for Kids : Types and Sounds text lesson (one per student)
- Chart paper
- Multiple sets of musical instrument matching cards (each set should have four cards with the musical instrument families written on them, and the rest of the cards should have images and names of musical instruments)
- Audio clips of different musical instruments
- Multiple copies of the lesson quiz (one per student)
- Distribute copies of the text lesson to all students.
- Read the text aloud in a shared reading format.
- After reading, lead a discussion with the following questions:
- If you could play any musical instrument, what would you play? Why?
- What instrument do you think would be the most challenging to learn to play? Why?
- What instrument do you think would be the easiest to learn to play? Why?
- Put students into pairs, and give each pair a set of musical instrument matching cards. Tell students to sort the instrument cards into their appropriate musical instrument families.
- When all pairs have sorted their cards, briefly discuss each instrument to ensure understanding.
Four Corners Activity
- Prior to this activity, perform a simple Internet search to find musical clips of different instruments; have them ready to play for students.
- Divide students into four groups and assign one musical instrument family to each group.
- Give each group a piece of chart paper and markers. Ask them to create a poster that will teach the rest of the class about their musical instrument family. You can give them free reign as to what to put on the poster, or you can give them specific instructions (e.g. the Frayer model).
- When the groups have completed their research and posters, post them around the room.
- Divide students into two groups - 1's and 2's. All of the 1's will remain at their posters, while the 2's will rotate and learn about the other musical instrument families from the 1's.
- When all of the 2's group has learned about each family, 1's and 2's will switch roles.
- Move the chart paper posters that the students created into the four corners of the room.
- Play one of the musical clips. Ask students to identify the instrument, and walk to the corner with the appropriate musical instrument family.
- Repeat this for several rounds.
- As a formative assessment, students will each take the lesson quiz.
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