Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Storytime: Music & Sound

Age: 2-5 years
Time: 30 minutes

Sticking with the Fizz Boom Read! CSLP theme, I have chosen seven science topics for our summer. This week we looked at music/sound.

1) What's the weather? 
I made a weather chart for week one of summer reading, and am starting each week this summer talking about the current weather. We sang this little song to go with it, to the tune of Oh My Darling Clementine:

What's the weather, what's the weather,
What's the weather everyone?
Is it windy, is it cloudy, is there rain, or is there sun?

2) Introduce topic - music/sound
Science makes sound happen! I encouraged kids to feel their throat, then say a quiet lalala. Feel the vibrations? Your throat vibrates and invisible sound waves travel through the air, which then vibrate the little bones inside your ear and you can hear it! Yay science! (idea from Abby)

3) These Are My Glasses - Laurie Berkner
We sing this every week before reading our first book. I start by asking them to show me their glasses and their book so that they remember the signs. We sing it through twice, then I ask them to put their "books" in their lap while we read our first book.

These are my glasses (make the letter o with each hand)
And this is my book (hands together)
I put on my glasses (put "glasses" over eyes)
And open up the book (open book hands)
Now I read read read (hold book up in front of face like reading)
And I look look look (put glasses over eyes and look around room)
I put down my glasses and… (lower glasses)
WHOOP! Close up the book. (clap as if closing a book quickly)

4) Chuck's Band - Peggy Perry Anderson
A fun book about different animals on the farm forming a band as the farmer buys different instruments for them.

5) Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Do animals really play instruments?? No... but they can make music, right??
I found some really cute crocheted animal finger puppets, which I put in a tin I have that has a barn on the front. One by one they came out, and the kids loved singing this classic song.

6) Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin - Lloyd Moss
This book is pretty neat on its own (Caldecott Honor), talking about and showing different instruments in an orchestra, but I wanted to take it another step. It can be downloaded as an audio book in a few places (which costs money), but I found it also on YouTube. I hooked up my iPad to some speakers, and let someone else read the book while I showed the kids the pictures. The best part? The reading of it included the sounds of ALL the different instruments!

It was pretty long, and some of the kids got restless toward the end, so we started interacting with it a bit by counting the instruments on each page and standing up and "conducting" the orchestra at the end. When it was done I asked the kids which instrument they would like to play. After a number of them answered, I told them I had an instrument they could play right now!

7) Rhythm sticks
I took resources from Amy and Kendra. I introduced what we were going to do by saying "Each of you will get a pair of rhythm sticks! [look at parents] They will naturally start clicking them together, and that's great. I need you to help them learn to use them properly, and not clack them on each other. I want them to have the chance to try something new, but we don't want anyone to get hurt!"

After handing out sticks, I took a pair and sat down and said "You guys sound great!! Let's see how good your ears are today, let's see how well you can listen." We practiced putting our sticks on our shoulders until I gave further instructions, and we practiced making our sticks sound fast and loud, and soft and quiet. Then we did this song together:

(Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we tap our sticks, tap our sticks, tap our sticks
This is the way we tap our sticks, so early in the morning.

This is the way we rub our sticks...
This is the way we tap our knees (gently!!)...

As Kendra did, we sang the entire thing through three times, and by the end they were all right with me. Repetition does amazing things for kids.

8) Music/sound craft
I was able to get the rhythm sticks back from the kids by telling them next we were going to make an instrument that they would get to take home with them. :) Really easy shakers -- they colored on the backside of small paper plates, put a handful of dry beans in, and stapled it shut around the outside.
My 4-year-old daughter's version. She thought
to put the music note on all by herself. :) 

Other music ideas:
Violet's Music - Angela Johnson (I had this one on my list to read at the end, after rhythm sticks, but we were already at a half hour)
Jazz Baby - Lisa Wheeler
Jazzmatazz! - Stephanie Calmenson
The Happy Hedgehog Band - Martin Waddell
Crash Bang Donkey! - Jill Newton
Punk Farm - Jarrett Krosoczka
I Know a Chicken song - Laurie Berkner

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