for All Ages
around a container with something in it or have students turn their
backs (close their eyes) as you make sounds with objects such as wind
chimes, etc. Ask students
to use adjectives or verbs to describe the sound it makes such as
flow, fluid, bold. What
colors does the sound remind you of?
Images it evokes? What
actions do the sound make you think of?
can be a prewriting activity for description, a quick lesson in the
elements of music, a vocabulary lesson on adjectives, verbs, etc.
students bring in objects and place the object in a bag.
Ask for the same information as in the above activity.
Then ask students to guess the object.
all objects have been “Played”, ask students to classify the
sounds using classifications either students brainstorm or that are
the elements of music.
can draw what they think the object is rather than guess what it is.
out the rhythm of a person’s name.
Then go around the room and make an orchestra of the sounds.
can create a pattern within a small group, and then lend their
“voices” to the large group. Can be used in writing Haiku,
learning student’s names, creating patterns in math, etc.
large pieces of butcher paper, have groups of students create the
sound of raindrops building up to a full storm, then letting the storm
subside as it blows itself out.
can also be used for the following sounds:
Car revving and taking off
Airplane taking off
clock can be used in this activity having students come in at
different points of the second hand, and then dropping off at
a class, brainstorm feeling words.
Select five and create a sound for each feeling.
Make a symbol for that sound, i.e.
a “Symphony” with the sounds and symbols.
be used as a vocabulary lesson (good for ESL), or as a way to describe
a character in literature. In vocabulary, put the symbol on one side
of a paper and the word on the other.
your name in a different way (i.e. accenting a different syllable(,
then create a movement to go with it.
Once each person has presented their name/movement, Go around
the circle create a wave.
getting to know activity.
a regular autobio poem but add sounds and symbols to the poem.
can be presented as a “symphony” and/or the sounds/symbols can be
add right on to the published piece.
a large piece of paper into nine sections (3 x 3) and number the
squares 1 trough 9. Play
9 different pieces of music selecting music from different countries
and of different mood. Students
whatever comes to mind when the piece is played.
Each piece should be played for only a minute or two and
students should move on when the next piece is played.
be a prewriting activity. Words
can be used instead of drawings then students can create poems form
the words. Students can
create group collages from their images, etc.
a small group, students choose an environment.
Brainstorm the sounds from the environment, then create a
symphony of that environment layering the sounds.
Write a score for that symphony using symbols for the sounds.
cooperative activity. Can
be a prewriting activity for a description, a story, etc.
Can be used as a story retell activity.
students bring in found objects and other objects from home to make
wind chimes. Students can
describe the sounds they hear.
Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.