Unit Study: Kindergarten Musical Journey

Age and Grade Requirements

  • Age: 5-6 years old
  • Grade: Kindergarten

Goals

By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the basic elements of music, including rhythm, melody, and tempo.
  2. Understand the role of different musical instruments.
  3. Develop an appreciation for various musical genres and styles.
  4. Enhance creativity through music-related arts and crafts activities.
  5. Gain exposure to basic concepts of science, history, and geography related to music.

Schedule (5 Days)

Day 1: Introduction to Music

  • Introduction to the concept of music and its importance
  • Explore basic elements of music: rhythm, melody, and tempo
  • Arts and crafts: Create simple rhythm instruments like shakers using recyclable materials

Day 2: Musical Instruments

  • Focus on musical instruments: Discuss different types of instruments (e.g., percussion, strings, wind)
  • Learn about the sounds produced by different instruments
  • Music activity: “Instrument Petting Zoo” where students can touch and explore various instruments

Day 3: Musical Genres and Styles

  • Explore different musical genres and styles (e.g., classical, jazz, pop)
  • Listen to and discuss examples of music from various genres
  • Arts and crafts: Create a “Musical Genre Collage” showcasing different musical styles

Day 4: Singing and Movement

  • Focus on singing and movement: Engage in singing exercises and learn simple songs
  • Incorporate movement and dance into the music session
  • Reading a related storybook

Day 5: Music Around the World and Culmination

  • Discuss music from different cultures and regions around the world
  • Geography component: Identify countries known for their musical traditions
  • Culmination activity: Create a “Musical Map” displaying musical instruments and styles from different parts of the world

Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)

  1. “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” by Lloyd Moss Amazon Link
  2. “Jazz Baby” by Lisa Wheeler Amazon Link
  3. “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison Amazon Link

Recommended Video Links

  1. Sesame Street: “Elmo’s Music Playdate” YouTube Link
  2. The Kiboomers: “Musical Instruments Song” YouTube Link
  3. Classic Kids Channel: “Classical Music for Kids” YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts Activity

Create “Musical Shakers”: Provide materials (small containers, rice or beans) for students to make their own shakers.

Music Activity

“Instrument Petting Zoo”: Set up a station with various musical instruments for students to touch and explore.

Culmination Activity

Create a “Musical Map” showcasing different musical instruments and styles from around the world.

Bible Connection

Discuss the role of music and songs in worship and spiritual expression, exploring biblical references to music and singing, such as the Psalms of David and the songs of praise in the Bible.

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