Lesson Plan : The Seasons

Teacher Name:
 Franchesca Colmenero
Grade:
 Grade 3
Subject:
 Science

Topic:
 Introduction to the four seasons and characteristics of climate change using musical terms.
Content:
 Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons Allegro Forte Grave Legato
Goals:
 Students will be able to identify seasonal objects such as daisies(spring), the sun(summer), leaves(autumn), and snowflakes(winter). Students will be able to describe musical pieces using the musical terms allegro, forte, grave, and legato.
Objectives:
 Students will make a Seasons Booklet. Students will make weather warnings to place in the windows in their homes. Students will imitate a thunder storm to signify Springtime showers.
Materials:
 For Season Booklets - paper, crayons,markers,painting materials For Weather Warnings - cardstock, paint, stencils, random arts and crafts materials ie. cotton balls, popsicle sticks, etc.
Introduction:
 Start a thunderstorm. First begin by grouping students into 3 groups. Go over the different hand motions involved in activity.(rubbing hands together as if your trying to stay warm, snapping fingers, and tapping the top of legs) Have the first group rub their hands together lightly. Then add the other two groups one at a time. When all three groups are rubbing their hands, signal the first group to begin snapping their fingers. Repeat process. Finally, when all groups are snapping, signal first group to begin tapping the top of their legs. Once all groups are creating "thunder", stop the rain by bringing everyone back to rubbing their hands together using the same process. The rubbing of the hands imitates the sound of rain when it first begins to fall. The snapping imitates the rain falling harder. The tapping is rain falling the fastest along with thunder. Ask students in what season does it rain the most. Introduce the 4 seasons by name.
Development:
 In springtime, everything is beginning to grow. Life is happening. Introduce Vivaldi's "Spring" movement of "Four Seasons". Use the terms "lively" and "allegro" to describe the music. In summer, the sun is very hot and strong. Inroduce Vivaldi's "Summer" movement of "Four Seasons". Use the term "forte", which means strong, to describe the music. In autumn, the leaves begin to fall. Introduce Vivaldi's "Autumn" movement of "Four Seasons". Use the term "grave", which means slowly and seriously, to describe music. In winter, nature begins to die and it gets cold. Introduce Vicaldi's "Winter" movement of "Four Seasons". Use the term "legato", which means smoothly connected, to describe the style of music. For each season, provide suggestions on how to be prepared for each climate change. For example, in spring, make sure to bring an umbrella for unexpected showers. In summer, always wear sunblock to protect your skin. In sutumn, wear a light jacket on windy days. In winter, bundle up and stay warm.
Practice:
 While playing clips of each movement, have students draw what they feel. Support creativity with objects that can be associated with each season. Have each student tell you in wchich season each object belongs. Have them suggest other items that belong in each season as well to help them further understand the differences between each season
Accommodations:
 For those students with problems writing or drawing, provide natrue magazines where the students can cut out pictures to use for each season.
Checking For Understanding:
 What are the names of each season? If you were to desceibe each season with music, what term would you use? What are some ways to be prepared for each season?
Closure:
 Review musical terms and each season they correlate to. Have students talk about their favorite season.

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