Thursday: String Instruments

Dec 6, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. Mallory put the number on the calendar and discussed the weather.  She reviewed the colors, shapes and Sign Language words.  We practiced signing our Christmas songs. 

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Horns.  Today the children told me everything they know about String Instruments.  We discussed how String instruments are different than wind instruments.  Fun Facts:  String instruments are musical instruments that produce sound from vibrating strings.  Some common instruments in the string family are guitar, sitar, electric bass, violin, viola, cello, double bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele,  bouzouki and harp.  Plucking is used as a method of playing on instruments by using a finger or thumb.  

Creative Development: Discussed:  How many strings do you think are on a violin?  Violins have 4 strings.  We looked at the Violin that they will be making in afternoon centers. 

Physical Development:  Discussed:  What are the parts of a violin? A violin has a body, neck, strings and a bow?  We made a string instrument using food.  We used string cheese, pretzels sticks and round crackers (Ritz).  They then ate them up!

Mathematics and Reasoning:  Discussed:  How many strings does a guitar have? A guitar has six strings. All the children  pretended to draw six lines (strings) on the floor with their finger.  Did you know a harp has 47 strings?  We all then drew 47 strings on the floor.  We looked at the Hands-on number 7 and counted to 7.  I showed the children how to trace the Hands-on 7 so that they could turn it into a string instrument.  

Language and Literacy:   Discussed:  How do big stringed instruments sound different than small stringed instruments? We used a large and small bowl and a large and small glass cup to listen to the different tones that they make.  We discussed the one that had a high pitch and a low pitch.  Explained that the violin and viola are alike, except for their size.  A viola is larger than a violin.  We looked at the Hands-On letter V and discussed what it says.  We discussed all the words we could think of that start with the letter V.  I showed the children how to make a letter V on the wipe off board.  We practiced making a high pitched sound and a low pitched sound.  I showed them the capital V and they made the the low pitch sound.  I showed them the lowercase v and they made the high pitch sound.  Each child came up one at a time to find the letter V on the alphabet strips.  

Show and Tell:  Each child brought in an item that begins with the letter V.  They came up one at a time to show their items and discuss.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Community Helper Toys  Center 2:  Violin Art-  The children will color the violin parts with markers.  They will then staple the parts together and we will help them add their strings.  They can then use the Bow to play the violin.  Center 3:  Strumming Seven-  The children will trace the Hands-on number 7 onto a piece of paper.  They will then cut the seven out.  They will draw 7 lines to make the strings of the 7 and turn it into an instrument.  They will also color the 7.  Center 4:  I can Cut project- The children will cut out the colored notes.  They will then match those notes to the matching color of key on the piano. 

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