This unit was written as part of a team of three teachers. Four disciplines, reading, music/band, math and science were covered. This is the math and science unit. The other two units were Music-Through the Basics of Reading by Pamela Tonge and “Banding” Together by making instruments by Sloan Williams.
We plan to teach these three units over one marking period using as many of the same students as possible. Upon completion of the teaching, we prepared a culminating activity. The participants in this activity, which will consist of a school-wide assembly, will be the students who made their instruments.
The assembly will consist of diverse entertainment from professional entertainers. Students will prepare poster board illustrations for each musical “family.” Students will display completed instruments. One student from each “Family” will explain how their instruments make music. The students will perform at least one musical number together. They will also perform with the professional performers using the instrument they made. The performers will come from various ethnic backgrounds.
Students will report on the contributions of some of the first people to study sound.
The program will conclude with an International feast prepared for all the participants in the assembly. On the day of the assembly, everyone will be encouraged to dress in ethnic clothes.