Explore Together (indoors): Music Mural #1

  • paint or markers
  • recorded instrumental music
  • strips of mural paper

MA Standards:

Language: L.PK.MA.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, listening to books read aloud, activities, and play.

Head Start Outcomes:

Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving Recognizes cause and effect relationships.
Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving Classifies, compares, and contrasts objects, events, and experiences.
Social Emotional Development/Self-Concept and Self-Efficacy Identifies personal characteristics, preferences, thoughts, and feelings.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

Science and Technology/Technology and Engineering 23 Explore and describe a wide variety of natural and man-made materials through sensory experiences.
Health Education 16 Recognize and describe or represent emotions such as happiness, surprise, anger, fear, sadness.

Explore Together (indoors): Music Mural #1

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STEM Key Concepts: Sounds vary in three ways: volume (loud or soft), pitch (high or low), and timbre (quality)

ELA Focus Skills: Listening and Speaking, Making Connections

Bring children to the Art Center and play some music for them. Ask, How does the music make you feel? Encourage children to use any new vocabulary they’ve been learning to describe their feelings as they listen to music this week, such as sad, silly, and happy.

Draw attention to the paints and brushes. Tell children they are going to listen to a piece of music and then they will make a painting to show how the music makes them feel.

Demonstrate for children. Play the music and listen carefully for a few seconds; and then demonstrate for children how to paint how you feel. As you paint, say, This music makes me feel excited! It makes me want to paint like this! Exaggerate with long, strong strokes across the paper. Ask, How does the music make you feel?

Invite children to begin painting. Turn the volume up and down as they paint. As children paint, ask questions such as, What happens to the way you are painting when I raise the volume? When I lower the volume? Do you paint faster? Slower? Why? Place the paintings in an area to dry.

Reflect and Share

Have children discuss their paintings. Ask, How did you paint your picture? Why did you paint it like that? How does your picture show how you were feeling? Can you show me? Hang the paintings in the Art Center for children to look at and discuss during the week.

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