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My goal is that students will grow as musicians as they learn more about the natural processes of weathering and erosion through the performance of musical melodies and chants with Orff instruments. This Grant aligns with our School Improvement Plan goal to improve students' Science scores and also with STEM.

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"Rock the Earth": Students Learn about Weathering and Erosion through Music

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School:
Sugar Mill Elementary 
Subject:
Music 
Teacher:
Rebecca Weber 
 
Keith Kopshina 
Students Impacted:
200 
Grade:
Date:
September 5, 2017

54% Funded

 

 

Only $425.00 Needed

Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 200

Students were given a pretest to examine their prior knowledge on weathering and erosion. These questions included defining the terms weathering and erosion, selecting examples of mechanical and chemical weathering, as well as selecting examples of flowing agents that are active in the process of erosion. After the pretest, each answer was discussed in depth. For instance, it was discussed that mechanical weathering involves a physical process, while chemical weathering involves a chemical reaction. Also, weathering is the breaking down of the Earth's crust while erosion is carrying the sediment away through the use of flowing agents such as wind, water and ice. Students offered different examples of mechanical weathering including tree roots breaking up the Earth's crust. Examples of Chemical weathering were also discussed including acid rain and oxidation. Once students developed an understanding of the scientific concepts, they learned a simple melody to remember them. Melodic instruments, such ass xylophones and glockenspiels, were added and students played accompaniment figures. This helped to not only further reinforce the melody and concepts into their memory, but also developed proper mallet technique, maintaining a steady beat and working with others to perform in an ensemble. Students then learned how to perform the melody and performed together with some students playing accompaniment figures. Afterwards, I administered a post test that showed an 83% increase in correct answers. 

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

My goal is that students will grow as musicians as they learn more about the natural processes of weathering and erosion through the performance of musical melodies and chants with Orff instruments. This Grant aligns with our School Improvement Plan goal to improve students' Science scores and also with STEM. 

 

What will be done with my students

With the use of melodic instruments, I will help students develop a deeper understanding of important aspects of music such as phrase, form, and dynamics with scientific concepts that will be transformed into a musical medium through a chant. Practicing this chant will enable students to not only understand facts about weathering and erosion, but also gain a deeper understanding about beat and rhythm. Students will better understand how weathering breaks up the Earth's crust into sediments that are then carried away by erosion while also learning to play in an ensemble with differing musical parts. These exercises will allow students to work cooperatively with others, develop better working memory, and explore musical form, tempos, accents and melody as they learn more about these important natural processes. Outcomes will be evaluated by a pretest of students' musical and scientific baseline knowledge and then students will develop their own chants and melodies based off of scientific facts to demonstrate their newly acquired musical and scientific knowledge.  

 

Benefits to my students

Young musicians will be given the opportunity to develop ensemble skills performing on Orff instruments and use these skills to develop their own musical chant and melody relating to weathering and erosion. The musical chants and melodies will enable students to better understand the natural processes of weathering and erosion while developing creativity and musicianship.  

 

Budget Narrative

I am requesting 925.00 for:
four soprano glockenspiels at $100.00
five alto glockenspiels at $105.00
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 4 Sonor Global Beat GS GB Soprano Glockenspiel $400.00
2 5 Sonor Global Beat GA GB Alto Glockenspiel $525.00
  Total: $925.00

54% Funded

 

 

Only $425.00 Needed

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