Target Age Group:
Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K
By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:
- Identify and name different musical instruments.
- Understand basic musical concepts such as rhythm and melody.
- Recognize different genres of music and musical styles.
- Develop fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities related to music.
- Gain a basic understanding of the role of music in culture and expression.
Schedule: 5-Day Plan
Day 1: Introduction to Music
- Introduce the concept of music and its importance in daily life.
- Discuss different types of music and musical styles.
- Read books about music.
- Arts and Crafts: Create a musical instrument collage.
Day 2: Musical Instruments
- Explore different musical instruments (percussion, string, wind, etc.).
- Learn about the sounds produced by each instrument.
- Read books about musical instruments.
- Arts and Crafts: Create paper plate tambourines.
Day 3: Rhythm and Beats
- Focus on rhythm and beats in music.
- Engage in rhythm-related activities and clapping games.
- Read books about rhythm in music.
- Arts and Crafts: Create rhythm shakers.
Day 4: Melody and Songs
- Discover melody and singing in music.
- Learn simple songs and nursery rhymes.
- Read books about melody and singing.
- Arts and Crafts: Create a DIY kazoo.
Day 5: Exploring Musical Styles
- Explore different musical styles (classical, jazz, rock, etc.).
- Listen to samples of each style and discuss their unique features.
- Read books about different musical genres.
- Arts and Crafts: Create an instrument-themed artwork.
- “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” by Lloyd Moss – Amazon Link
- “M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet” by Kathy-jo Wargin – Amazon Link
- “The Wheels on the Bus” by Raffi – Amazon Link
- “The Music Song” by Pancake Manor – YouTube Link
- “Music Instruments for Kids” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link
- “Classical Music for Kids: Ludwig van Beethoven” by The Kiboomers – YouTube Link
Arts and Crafts:
- Musical Instrument Collage – Create a collage using pictures of different musical instruments.
- Paper Plate Tambourines – Create tambourines using paper plates and bells.
- Rhythm Shakers – Decorate small containers to use as rhythm shakers.
- DIY Kazoo – Create a kazoo using household materials.
- Instrument-Themed Artwork – Create an artwork inspired by a specific musical instrument.
Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have a harmonious and joyful time exploring the world of music with your young learners!