Walton Education Foundation

Playing the ukulele provides unlimited opportunities for students to learn. Students will take the skills that they learn and transfer it to other subject areas and to life. My goal is for my students to use the ukulele as a tool to increase reading fluency and comprehension. This can be accomplished through singing and playing the ukulele simultaneously. Each student will develop skills to read ahead when playing chords and notes on the ukulele as well as reading lyrics to sing. The ukulele provides the students with a beat to help their words become more fluent. Playing the ukulele also helps students to understand form in music and the structure of chapters, stanzas, and scenes to comprehend how a story, a poem, or a drama fits together. Through this kinesthetic project, students will gain vocal confidence to aide in being successful readers. This supports the following music and LAFS standards:
Enduring Understanding 3: Through purposeful practice, artists learn to manage, master, and refine simple, then complex, skills and techniques.
Benchmarks:
MU.5.S.3.1 Sing part songs in an appropriate range, using proper vocal technique and maintaining pitch.
MU.5.S.3.2 Play melodies and accompaniments, using proper instrumental technique, on pitched and unpitched instruments.
MU.5.S.3.3 Perform simple diatonic melodies at sight.
MU.5.S.3.4 Play melodies and accompaniments, by ear, using classroom instruments.
MU.5.S.3.5 Notate rhythmic phrases and simple diatonic melodies using traditional notation.

LAFS.5.RF.4.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

LAFS.5.RL.2.5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Student assessment will be based on a music fluency test for vocal singing and playing on the ukulele.

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Ukulele Unlimited

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School:
Mossy Head Elementary 
Subject:
Literacy 
Teacher:
Krystina Lyon 
Students Impacted:
  
Grade:
Date:
October 28, 2016

Investor

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Walton Education Foundation - $999.80

 

Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 40

The students met the goal set for them. They started playing the ukulele in January. Each 5th grade student first learned how to tune the instrument, strum, and play simple chords. The students then learned simple songs to play while singing. Singing while playing caused the students to read fluently. The strumming assisted the students in following a consistent pace while singing (reading). The students put on a final spring performance. This performance was used as the final assessment. They performed folk songs and performed a song to accompany a story for the performance. One student read the story while the other students performed on the ukulele and other classroom instruments. The students played the ukulele with other classroom instruments, implementing the ukulele as part of the orff classroom.


Benchmarks:
MU.5.S.3.1 Sing part songs in an appropriate range, using proper vocal technique and maintaining pitch.
MU.5.S.3.2 Play melodies and accompaniments, using proper instrumental technique, on pitched and unpitched instruments.
MU.5.S.3.3 Perform simple diatonic melodies at sight.
MU.5.S.3.4 Play melodies and accompaniments, by ear, using classroom instruments.
MU.5.S.3.5 Notate rhythmic phrases and simple diatonic melodies using traditional notation.

LAFS.5.RF.4.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

LAFS.5.RL.2.5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Student assessment will be based on a music fluency test for vocal singing and playing on the ukulele.

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Goal

Playing the ukulele provides unlimited opportunities for students to learn. Students will take the skills that they learn and transfer it to other subject areas and to life. My goal is for my students to use the ukulele as a tool to increase reading fluency and comprehension. This can be accomplished through singing and playing the ukulele simultaneously. Each student will develop skills to read ahead when playing chords and notes on the ukulele as well as reading lyrics to sing. The ukulele provides the students with a beat to help their words become more fluent. Playing the ukulele also helps students to understand form in music and the structure of chapters, stanzas, and scenes to comprehend how a story, a poem, or a drama fits together. Through this kinesthetic project, students will gain vocal confidence to aide in being successful readers. This supports the following music and LAFS standards:
Enduring Understanding 3: Through purposeful practice, artists learn to manage, master, and refine simple, then complex, skills and techniques.
Benchmarks:
MU.5.S.3.1 Sing part songs in an appropriate range, using proper vocal technique and maintaining pitch.
MU.5.S.3.2 Play melodies and accompaniments, using proper instrumental technique, on pitched and unpitched instruments.
MU.5.S.3.3 Perform simple diatonic melodies at sight.
MU.5.S.3.4 Play melodies and accompaniments, by ear, using classroom instruments.
MU.5.S.3.5 Notate rhythmic phrases and simple diatonic melodies using traditional notation.

LAFS.5.RF.4.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

LAFS.5.RL.2.5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Student assessment will be based on a music fluency test for vocal singing and playing on the ukulele.

 

 

What will be done with my students

This year, 40 5th grade students will be affected by this project. In the next 10 years, 400 5th grade students will be affected by this project. The music teacher will be in charge of this project. It will take place in the music room and will be an annual project. The project will premiere during the 2016-2017 school year.

Timeline:
Activity #1: The students will learn how to sing/read simple melodies to the correct rhythm and appropriate tempo using the ukulele as a tool to provide a steady tempo. Before singing, students will read the lyrics. The students will then speak the lyrics to the provided rhythm. The final step will consist of the students singing and playing the ukulele simultaneously.
• LAFS.5.RF.4.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
• MU.5.S.3.1 Sing part songs in an appropriate range, using proper vocal technique and maintaining pitch. Access Point: MU.5.S.2.Su.a: Sing simple songs in a group using head voice and maintaining pitch.

Activity #2: The students will continue singing/reading simple melodies. The students will enhance the lyrics by playing an accompaniment with the ukulele. The students will learn that music like onomatopoeias can enhance text.
• LAFS.5.RF.4.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
• MU.5.S.3.2 Play melodies and accompaniments, using proper instrumental technique, on pitched and unpitched instruments.
Activity #3: The students will learn how to play simple melodies by relating the music to patterns. The students will correlate structure in music to structure in literature. Each student will partner with another student and create a song using proper form (structure). The students will create lyrics and use chords to accompany the lyrics.
• LAFS.5.RL.2.5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
• MU.5.S.3.3 Perform simple diatonic melodies at sight.
• Related Benchmark: MU.5.S.2.1: Use expressive elements and knowledge of musical structure to aid in sequencing and memorization and to internalize details of rehearsals and performance.
Activity #4: Each student will develop his/her listening skills. The teacher will play a simple chord pattern and melody. The students will then play the melody back by ear. Listening skills for music helps children to develop the listening skills needed to help with proper pronunciation of words.
• MU.5.S.3.4 Play melodies and accompaniments, by ear, using classroom instruments.
Activity #5: Students will further develop listening skills. The teacher will play a simple chord pattern and melody. The students will then play the melody back by ear. In addition, each student will write the correct rhythm on staff paper.
• MU.5.S.3.5 Notate rhythmic phrases and simple diatonic melodies using traditional notation.
• LAFS.5.RL.2.5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Activity #6: Students will continue to develop listening skills. The teacher will play a simple chord pattern and melody. The students will then play the melody back by ear. In addition, each student will write the letter names of the notes played on staff paper as well as the rhythms. This relates to life experiences such as listening to instructions and remembering what was said, taking a message, writing down assignments, etc.
• MU.5.S.3.5 Notate rhythmic phrases and simple diatonic melodies using traditional notation.
• LAFS.5.RL.2.5: Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.


 

 

Benefits to my students

This year, 40 5th grade students will be affected by this project. In the next 10 years, 400 5th grade students will be affected by this project. There will be one teacher in charge of this project.

Evaluation
Fluency: The students will be evaluated by music fluency tests. Students will be evaluated on playing/singing the correct rhythm, notes, and tempo. The students will be marked off for adding a rest where a rest isn't indicated (pausing in the middle of playing and singing).

Listening: The students will also be evaluated on writing the correct rhythms and notes. This will test each students' listening skills.

Form(Structure): The students will be evaluated on comprehension of form and structure by a composition project. The students will write lyrics and an accompaniment to enhance the lyrics. The students will be given a guideline for which form to use, time signature, and number of measures. 

 

Budget Narrative

Each ukulele is priced at $49.99. I would like to order 20 to have a full set for each class. The order is free of taxes and shipping costs. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
2 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
3 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
4 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
5 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
6 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
7 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
8 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
9 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
10 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
11 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
12 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
13 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
14 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
15 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
16 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
17 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
18 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
19 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
20 Kala Makala Soprano Ukulele $49.99
  Total: $999.80

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