BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Your Community in Song
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Grade: 3rd - 4th grade
Class: Music
Author: Mary Sager
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsHuman History
Keywords: song lyrics
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Can you relate the song "Life of A Mountaineer" by Peggy Lynn to reflect life in and around Lake George?
Context:

Note from author: Group songs were performed for individual music class with instruments and movement.  We had a special time with visiting Adirondack singer-songwriter Peggy Lynn, when each group sang their song for her. Then the three classes who were part of the project got together and sang their songs for each other and we videotaped this performance.  Video was made of children working on their projects as well.

The Challenge:

1.  Entire music class learns song, "Life of A Mountaineer."

2. Class brainstorms ideas to change the words of the chorus to fit our purpose.

3. In randomly selected groups students rewrite verses relating to previously selected theme. For example:  seasons, wildlife, tourism, ecology, etc.

4.  Each group selects two instruments to accompany their verse.

5. Each group creates simple sign language or movement to accompany their verse.

Click HERE for QuickTime Movie of Lake George students performing their song.

An Arts Forever Wild challenge.

Quality Standards:

1. Challenge will be completed in 4-6 music classes.

2. Students will perform song tor a selected audience.

3. Everyone in group will sing.

4. Appropriate signs, movements will be chosen.

5. Words must fit the rhythm of the song.

6. Words must relate to the topic chosen by the members of the group.

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Song is completed and performed for audience of peers.

Words of verses are appropriate to topic

Movement and signing accompanied song in classroom performance

2 instruments per group were selected and played appropriately

All members of the group were singing.

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