Lesson Ideas: Outdoor Overtures

Lesson Ideas: Outdoor Overtures

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Historically, Mark Mate was designed to help you in the classroom, but now, thanks to Mark Mate 2.0 and our brand new mobile app (available for Android and iPhone) we can help you outside of the classroom! That makes Mark Mate a perfect fit for this week’s lesson idea. It’s a great excuse to head outside to give you and your students a break from the classroom! Read on to discover another one of our great lesson ideas: Outdoor Overtures!

Mark Mate lets you give and record live feedback in and out of the classroom. Thanks to our brand new mobile app, you can mark wherever you are.


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  • 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 distractions 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?
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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. The children could be challenged to make their own versions from recycled materials!

Normally, we’d live you a list of equipment you’ll need for a lesson idea, but for this one you can pretty much pick and choose whatever you like. Gather up anything you think you’ll use and take it outside with you, then simply enjoy nature! Your students will have a great time, and you can use Mark Mate to record live feedback as you go!

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