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To integrate Music, this section is on making “Rocky Music”
By – Scott Dan
Subject – Science, Music
Grade Level – 1st – 2nd
Concept: Rocky Rhythms
Materials: variety of rocks, few pieces of wood (flat), tin cans, folder, any other item that
can be used in conjunction with rocks to create a variety of sounds.
Preparation: Find a variety of rocks and gather other miscellaneous items to use in
conjunction with the rocks to produce a variety of sounds.
1. Invite the children back to the calendar area (or community circle center). Ask them to sit in a large circle.
2. Get the children’s attention by singing a song that they are familiar to that has a snappy rhythm (Adam’s Family Song would be a good one to use). Ask the children what their favorite part of the song is (if you are using one with a strong rhythm, such as Adam’s Family Song, then the children will most likely respond that they enjoy the snapping part of the song).
3. Ask the children if they would like to sing the song again, but instead of using their fingers to snap, they can use rocks to bang! Explain that you are going to pass around rocks to each of them, but they are not to begin just yet.
4. Pass the rocks out to the children. Give some children large rocks, others small rocks. After each child has two rocks, demonstrate how you would like this done. They are not to bang the rocks together too hard. Ask the children why they believe you have created this rule. Warn the children to be careful of their fingers. Ask the children why they believe you warned them to be careful of their fingers.
5. Ask them to pick up their two rocks, and to gently bang them together during the snapping portion of the song.
6. After doing a few verses of the song, ask the children to describe what kind of sound the rocks are making. Are their rocks that are making a different sound then your rock? If so, what is different about that rock compared to your rock? After discussing the size of the rocks and the sounds that each of the sizes make, move onto number 7.
7. Invite just the small rocks to play. Then invite just the big rocks to play.
8. Get a piece of chart paper and write down Big Rocks / Small Rocks
9. List all the different sounds that big rocks sound like, then do the same for the small rocks.
1. To continue the children’s understanding about how sound is effected by the rocks size, density and shape, invite the children to do the following.
a. Use the rocks given and bang on particular items (specified as O.K. by the teacher) to create sounds. How does the size affect the sound of the rock on the same item?
b. Place rocks inside a container, such as a coffee can, plastic tuperware, small film container, or any other container. Perform the same experiments in the above letter “a.”
c. Divide the children up into groups of five, and give them a variety of rocks. Invite them to use these rocks, along with other items that you have given the O.K. on to create a musical “rock” band.
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