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, and 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.
Plus, we’ve also included a rubric that you can use to assess this lesson. Bonus!