Mrs. Jenkel's Music Blog
Summit Elementary and Ixonia Elementary Music
Grade Level Feature- Kindergarten
Guess Which Animal
The first video is Mrs. Bakken's class playing "Guess Which Animal." The first clip is "Fossils;" the second clip is "Aquarium;" and the third clip is "Kangaroos."
The second video is Mrs. Hammen's class playing "Guess Which Animal." The first clip is "Aquarium;" the second clip is "Kangaroos;" and the third clip is "Fossils."
Composing as a Class
To understand the composition process, students compose first as a class. Students suggest eight different animals and then vote on which one they want to compose about the most. Then, students suggest different actions that animals do and pick out which instruments would fit with the action. The students make suggestions to change the composition if needed.
Composing in Cooperative Groups
After composing as a class, students compose an animal in cooperative groups. First, students decide on an animal as a group by voting. Then, students decide what the animal will do in their composition and decide what instruments sound like the animal's actions. Students then play their composition and reflect on whether they'd like to change it or not. Students write down their composition and practice for their performance. The videos below show the students performing their compositions.
Mrs. Conigliaro's class (first video) and Mrs. Lambert's class (second video) are shown sharing their cooperative group compositions.