Friday, October 2, 2015

Oh Opposites!

First graders at HSES have been working on a musical opposites unit! They have learned about loud/soft (quiet), fast/slow, high/low, and long/short. They have had so much fun doing various games and activities to help them identify these changes in music. Here are a few pictures of our fun...

After hearing a fast/slow story about a school bus, students move their buses fast and slow to the music.
After learning about fast and slow music, students participate in a quick check assessment.
Learning about loud and soft -  boys pretend to be grizzly bears hibernating

... and wake up when the song gets loud!

And then the girls get to be the grizzly bears!
So. Much. Fun! :)
Using scarves as paintbrushes - painting long and short sounds
Using sticks to play "violins" when they hear long sounds...
... and playing "drums" for short sounds.
Pretending scarves are taffy - stretching them out to long sounds.


  1. Hi! Love your blog!
    Could you please share what music these students were listening to while "hibernating"?

    1. Hi, Jen!
      The students were listening to a song called, "Grizzly Bear" from the Making Music curriculum. They were tip-toeing during the quiet parts and then the grizzly bears would wake up during the loud part. :)

  2. Hi,

    Love your blog!
    Do you know if the song is available online? Is it part of a set?
    Would love to do this in connection to the Lion in Carnival of the Animals


    1. There are lots of versions of the Grizzly Bear song - I'm sure there are some available online. The one I used is from the Making Music curriculum. I like this recording because it emphasizes the loud/soft parts of the song. Good luck! :)

  3. Thank you for sharing these photos! They look like they are having a blast!

    1. Aw, thank you! And thanks for reading, Allison! :)