Lesson Ideas: Outdoor Overtures
Historically, Mark Mate was designed to help you in the classroom, but
- Students can sit silently and listen to the sounds outside. Guide your students to create ‘a fistful of sounds’- putting down one finger each time they capture a new noise. This helps to help focus their attention and ignore some of the distracti
ons that being outside can offer!
- Ask the children to think about how they could recreate their sounds and experiment with different instruments outside.
- Can they perform it as a symphony outdoors with the teacher as conductor of the al-fresco orchestra?
- Children could design their own instruments – can they recreate the sounds they heard?
There are many instruments that directly imitate sounds from the environment e.g.the ‘rainstick’, coconut shell clip-clops, the ‘thunder drum’ or the croaking wooden frog.
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