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Lesson: Instrument Museum


Author: Amy Schwendemann
Subject Area: Art and Music
Grade Level: 6 - 7

Introduction

There are thousands of instruments in the world. Which one was invented first? What is your favorite? This is an opportunity to learn more about a favorite instrument or perhaps learn about an instrument you may not be familiar with.

Goals

You will be able to make a clear and concise prediction about which instrument you think was invented first. You will be able to evaluate your prediction and decide whether or not it was correct after reading an article about the first instrument invented. You will be able to create an original and organized poster board to display your research about an instrument of your choice. You will be able to create a picture of your interpretation of your instrument to put on your poster board.

Directions

Go to each of the 4 activities and complete the assignments as shown.


Background Builder Background

Title: Random Fact: URL:
Directions: Did you know that there is a countless amount of instruments in the world but they can all be organized into 5 categories? Every instrument in the world is either a cordophone, an idiophone, a membranophone, an aerophone, or an electrophone.



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


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Vocabulary Words:
Cordophones instruments whose sound is produced by the vibration of strings
Idiophones percussion instruments whose vibrating material is an elastic substance, such as metal or wood.
Membranophones percussion instruments whose vibrating material is a membrane, such as the tympani
Aerophones wind instruments and the vocal cords
Electrophones instruments which synthesize their sounds electronically.


Activity: #1 Instrument Guesses


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Goals

Students will will be able to: 1) come up with a well thought-out prediction and, 2) organize thoughts into a well-written paragraph explaining their ideas and reasoning.

Directions

Which instrument do you think was invented first? The piano, the tuba, the drum, the flute? Write a one paragraph prediction on which of the instruments listed above you think was invented first and why do you think it was the first one invented. When do you think it was invented?



Activity: #2 First Instrument


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Goals

Students will be able to: 1) read and pick out important facts from the article and, 2) share whether or not their predictions were correct.

Directions

It's time to figure out if your prediction was correct! Go to the website and read through the article. It will tell you about the first instrument ever invented. After you finish this activity, Go on to the next one and pick an instrument of your own to study.



Activity: #3 Instrument Info Board


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Goals

Students will be able to: 1) organize information into groups to put on the poster board, 2) create a clean, original poster that looks professional as well as expresses personal style (ie: bright colors, bold fonts, etc.), 3) create an APA bibliography of the sources they used for their project.

Directions

It's time to pick an instrument to study. Choose one from the website above and sign up for that instrument on the sheet near Miss Mineau and Miss S.'s desk. Use the website given to begin research. After you learn a little bit about the instrument you would like to research, continue your search using Google.com or other approved research sites. On your poster board make sure to include: 1) a title and your name 2)Where was it invented? 3)Who invented it? 4)When was it invented? 5)What is it made of? 6)Is it still popular today? A paragraph about the following: 1)One person that is known for playing the instrument A one page reflection including the following: 1)Why did you pick this instrument to study? 2)3 interesting facts you learned about the instrument When you are finished with your research, Click on Rubric and complete his WEB EVALUATION.



Activity: #4 Bringing your Instrument to Life


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Goals

Students will be able to: 1) find a clear picture of their instrument online and print it off, 2) draw or paint their own interpretation of their instrument, and 3) neatly put both pictures on their poster board.

Directions

Print a picture of your instrument from the website above. If your instrument is not on that website you can use google.com as a back-up site. Draw or paint a copy of that picture to add to your poster board. It needs to fill an 8.5'' by 11'' sheet of paper.




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