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A lesson on Rhythm called “Moving Like Waves”
P.E. & Health, Music
3, 2, 1
Title – Moving Like Waves
By – Will Ayers
Subject – Music, PE
Grade Level – 1st through 3rd
Module Theme: The Ocean
Lesson Topic: Surfing
Music Concept: Rhythm
Music used: Oldies but Goodies Volume 8 c 1993: Wipe Out by the Surfaris
Other media used:
Other equipment and materials: Wave Bottles: 2 Liter Soda Bottles half filled with colored water with caps superglued on.
Music Objectives: Students will:
Describe melodic contours. (AL Music 2.18)
Respond to a melody through movement. ( AL Music 2.19)
Related Arts Objectives: Students will: Demonstrate proper body alignment ( AL Dance 1.1)
Demonstrate moving in different directions using various locomotor movements (AL Dance 1.2
Demonstrate laterality. ( AL Dance 1.3)
Define and move in personal and general space. ( AL Dance 1.7)
Other Curricular Objectives: Students will:
Recognize shapes and patterns in nature and in things people make (Al Science 2.7)
Key Terms/Vocabulary: Rhythm, Melody
FOCUS: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE BEACH. DID YOU SEE THE OCEAN? HOW DID THE OCEAN MOVE? DID YOU EVER WANT TO MOVE LIKE THE OCEAN? TODAY WE ARE GOING TO DO JUST THAT, BECAUSE I FOUND A SONG THAT HELPS YOU MOVE LIKE A WAVE.
Step 1: Pass out wave bottles. DOES EVERYONE REMEMBER HOW WAVES MOVE? IF YOU DON’T, JUST SWISH YOUR WAVE BOTTLE GENTLY FROM SIDE TO SIDE.
Step 2. Play Wipe Out ( It is suggested for certain classes that the opening laughter be skipped. Use your own discretion) HOW DOES THE MELODY OF THE SONG MOVE? UP AND DOWN. THAT’S RIGHT. SORT OF LIKE A WAVE. NOW LETS MOVE LIKE WAVES. BE CAREFUL. POLITE WAVES DON’T CRASH INTO ONE ANOTHER, BUT THEY CAN MOVE IN ANY DIRECTION THE SEA TAKES THEM. NOTICE THE RHYTHM OF THE SONG. THE BEAT HITS HARD ON CERTAIN NOTES. TRY TO MOVE YOUR WAVE TO THE RHYTHM ALSO, SO YOUR MAIN MOVEMENTS HAPPEN ON THAT BEAT.
Step 3: Direct the class to move in unjular motions, like waves. Tell them to move up and down with the melody. At the drum solos, it’s “Low Tide”, so the waves are very small and don’t move much, but they still move the same way.
SUMMARY: Students will learn the concepts of rhythm and melody.
ASSESSMENT: Students will have demonstrated melodic contours and proper body alignment, as well as moving laterally and in general space by dancing like waves.
Music : Students will demonstrate further understanding of the waves and the ocean by moving and singing to Sea Cruise, by Frankie Ford, and Come Go with Me, by the Del Vikings
LIST CITATIONS FOR LESSON IDEAS: None
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