Objective: Children will explore musical sound that can grow from low to high and use movement to relate it to how living things grow from small to large.
OPTIONAL: Pitched musical instrument (slide whistle, xylophone, keyboard)
Pitch, like rhythm, is a basic part of music. When discussing musical pitch, we are talking about whether a note sounds low or high. Pitch can change from a low-sounding note to a high-sounding note. Like music, living things grow from low to being higher. In our activity, we started out low to the ground, touching our toes and singing in a low voice. As we sang higher pitched notes, we stretched higher, much like a living thing would grow.
Like people and animals, plants often grow from small seeds to larger plants. All living things need food, air, water, and a safe place to live. Living things also need sunlight to grow strong and healthy. When living things are growing, they look like they are changing from being low to the ground to being higher. Similarly, when music is growing, it sounds like it is changing from a low sound to a higher sound.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.