Patterns and Rhythms Through Repetition of Line and Shapes
Overview: A simple musical drama of the African tale Bringing the Rain
To Kapiti Plain is created with read in the story and having the
students interact with musical instruments.
The students practice how to create a soundscape for rain sounds.
The students become familiarized with the story by “acting”
it out as a group. The main
characters and parts are discussed and assigned, and instruments and/or
props are selected or assigned to represent each of the parts (Ki-Pat,
black cloud, cows (simply “mooing works well, or the students may wish
to use a particular instrument for this), grass, Eagle, arrow, bow, rain
(everybody), wife, Little Ki-Pat).
After the dramatization, students went right into the visual art
piece that is created to represent patterns in a circular pattern for an
To Create A Rainstorm as a Soundscape: Do with the entire group
plastic grocery bag and rub about (put in pocket to store) or just rub
fingers as loud as possible
louder than the last snapping noises
feet and clap at the same time
backwards from here and do the sounds in reverse order to finally end
the rain the way it started (quietly…)
The students enjoy the variety of activities that this lesson involves.
Learning about Africa through
art, story, drama, and music. A musical dramatization of the African folk tale Bringing the
Rain To Kapiti Plain where the students become the performers playing
the various people and parts through music and sound. Students select
the instrument they wish to use in portraying the various characters of
the story as well as create a soundscape with their hands to represent
Materials Needed: For Musical Drama: The book, Bringing the Rain To Kapiti Plain (the pictures are beautiful and the students love seeing them.) A variety of hand-held instruments (found sound items, rhythm sticks, triangles, drum); Optional: plastic bag for each student to use during the rain storm. Art Lesson To Create Medallion: To make medallion use a 5 X 5 white drawing paper, trace a 4 ½ inch circle shape for medallion; scissors; variety of fine pointed felt tip markers; African patterns for student inspiration (or any examples of repeated lines and shapes that form patterns.)
Medallions with repeated
patterns (grades 1-6)
Sculpture made with fabric and wire (grades 1 – 6)
African Mask with beans
for texture and variety of lines (grades 2- 6)
Tray with African designs (grades 5 and 6)
African Doll and mask
(clay mask; fabric doll done by batik methods) (grade 6)
Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.