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Moods and Feelings
Music Activity 1 of Thematic Unit "All About Me"

Theme Focus/Art Skill:

Children describe and name different emotions that they experience when they listen to music.

Preparation/Materials:

A record or tape player, and a selection of music and songs expressing various moods, (e.g., Hap Palmer's recordings, Lullaby by Brahms, and other selections).

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Procedures

Activating Prior Knowledge

Have the children share what makes them feel happy, sad, and angry. Categorize their responses on a chart or chalkboard

Objective:
Developing oral language and concepts

Explain how music is often used to create moods and feelings. For example, a lullaby is played slowly, softly and is often used to encourage babies to go to sleep. Demonstrate by playing a recording of Brahms' Lullaby. Ask children to share experiences in their lives when they have listened to music that made them feel a particular way.

Objective:
Building vocabulary: happy, sad, angry, rhythm, music

Communicating Through Music

Have children lie on the floor or place their heads down on a table. Dim the lights and ask the children to close their eyes and be completely silent. When the children are settled and quiet,ask them to listen to the music and think about how it makes them feel. Have them think about the pictures they see in their minds when they listen to the music.

Objective:
Using music to visualize feelings/thoughts

When the music is over, turn up the lights andencourage them to share how the music made them feel. Ask children to remember and describe the mind pictures they saw. For example, were the pictures they saw happy, beautiful, or sad?

Objective:
Expressing thoughts/feelings elicited by musical selections.

Replay a segment of the music that was played. Explore the different use of rhythm and tempo to discover what makes the music evoke a certain emotion. Play another selection of music that evokes a different feeling. Repeat the procedures.

Objective:
Developing auditory discrimination.

Wrap-Up Activity

Wrap-up the activity by asking the children to consider when they might listen to the particular musical selection again. For example, if they could not go outside and play, the music that would portray how they felt might be sad. If they were on their way to a birthday party, "exciting" music might tell how they were feeling.

Learning Log

Have children draw a picture of their thoughts while listening to a musical selection.

Objective:
Communicating through drawing.

Assessment

When asked, children can name and describe a variety of different feelings.

Objective:
Using authentic strategies

Extensions

Children brainstorm the names of songs that make them feel happy and select one to sing.

Learn the song, "If You're Happy and You Know It," from "We All Live Together. Volume 3".

Make masks illustrating two different emotions. Provide children with two white paper plates. On each, have them draw a face. Each face should show a different emotion. Staple the two plates together on the sides. Crayons, yarn, and ribbons may be used to decorate the masks. Use the masks to respond to different musical selections.

Literature Enhancement

Read aloud and discuss with children:

Father and Son by Denize Lautre
Feelings by Joanne B. Murphy
How Do I Feel? by J. Laske
Hush Little Baby by Aliki
Northern Lullaby by Nancy White Carlstrom
One of Three by Angela Johnson
Silent Lotus by Jeanne Lee

Objective:
Incorporating Children's Literature
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Learn Along At Home

Dear Family:

Today, during our Music Activity, we listened to different musical selections and identified how the music made us feel. We learned how various rhythms used in music can influence our emotions. The vocabulary we used included happy, sad, angry, rhythm, and music.

Learn Along at Home with Your Child:

Here are some questions that you may wish to ask your child about today's activity.

  1. Please tell me about the music that you listened to today. How did the music make you feel?
  2. What did the music make you think of when you were listening to it?

Consider the following activities to further extend your child's learning:

  1. When hearing music together, discuss how the music makes you feel.
  2. During a television program or movie that has background music, have your child close his or her eyes, listen to the music, and tell you how it makes him or her feel.

Literature Enhancement

Read aloud and discuss your child:

Father and Son by Denize Lautre
Feelings by Joanne B. Murphy
How Do I Feel? by J. Laske
Hush Little Baby by Aliki
Northern Lullaby by Nancy White Carlstrom
One of Three by Angela Johnson
Silent Lotus by Jeanne Lee

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