Overview: This lesson uses music to identify patterns and develop observation skills needed in science.
Today’s lesson aligns music standards for patterns with the new Next Generation Science Standards for teaching heredity. This lesson is intended for use in first grade. It relates the understandings of similarities and differences between adults and baby animals to the theme and variation form in music. In this musical form, the theme comes back over and over and is the main piece that you hear. The variations sound similar to the theme, but have some distinct differences, much like a parent to a child. We used Mozart’s Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as an example that 1st graders are familiar with as a catalyst to experiment with both of these topics.
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Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.