June 26, 2018
by Lily Jones

Lesson plan

Draw to the Music

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Students will be able to use adjectives and pictures to describe music.

(10 minutes)
  • Play a snippet of a song to the class. Ask students how the song makes them feel. Write students' responses on the board.
  • Now play the same snippet of the song and ask students to describe how it sounds. Write students' responses on the board.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that the words they use to describe how the music sounds are adjectives. Explain that adjectives are describing words.
  • Tell students that adjectives are one way to describe music. Adjectives can be used to give a description of, or describe, how music sounds and how it makes listeners feel.
  • Explain that pictures can also be used to express how music makes you feel or what it makes you think of. Play the same song and model how to draw a picture of how it makes you feel or what it makes you think about.
(10 minutes)
  • Play a new song. As you listen, draw on the board. Ask students to describe what you drew and explain why you chose to draw what you did.
  • Model how to use adjectives to describe the music that you listened to. As appropriate, connect the adjectives you used with the pictures you drew.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out pieces of paper to each student. Play a song for the class, and have students draw how the music makes them feel or what it makes them think of.
  • At the end of the song, have students turn to a partner to share adjectives about the song. Instruct students to share their pictures too, explaining the connection between their drawings and the music.
  • Repeat the same steps with a different song.

Support: Give students a list of adjectives to use when describing music. Prompt students to use one of the choices from the list when talking about the songs.

Enrichment: Have students who are ready for a challenge use adjectives to describe their partners' drawings.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are using adjectives.
  • Note how closely students are listening to and connecting with the music.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share their pictures and adjectives with the class.

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