Lesson Plan : Science&Music in the Sahel

Teacher Name:
 Barry J. Davis
Grade:
 Grade 5
Subject:
 Interdisciplinary

Topic:
 Sahel's(Africa) Music and Science
Content:
 This lesson will cover listening to Sahel music made by different types of instruments, African puzzles and stories, making an instrument with available materials(plywood or provided by a high school shop class), the Sahel people and their history, the geological formations in the area, as well as other worksheets that can be used to enhance the students' learning of the material. All vocabulary will be explained and added to the end of this lesson plan.
Goals:
 Students will, at the end of this lesson(group of lessons) be able to gain a much better understanding of the Sahel, the countries making up the area in which they live, its people, landforms, and wildlife.
Objectives:
 Students will study the combination of science and music by reading about the Sahel and its people, music that can be listened to over the internet, and the geological areas in which the Sahel live.. Students will see different geological formations, and about the wildlife of the Sahel, and gain a better understanding of how geology and biology play a large role in the Sahel lives. Students will try a recipe at home on how to produce a type of Sahel food, and give their results. Students will use puzzles about different myths and fables in the Sahel, and see how these relate to the people themselves. Students will learn about conserving wildlife, protecting wildlife, empowering people, and a walkathon to help young Kenyan girls. Students will conduct internet research on African music and wildlife in order to better understand the interrelationships of the two, and individually.
Materials:
 Computer access, handouts, worksheets, puzzles, map of Africa, overheads where necessary.
Introduction:
 The people of the Sahel, its music, its wildlife, and its geology.
Development:
 Reading excerpts, explanation of all vocabulary that may seem or be difficult for the students to understand. Thesauruses will be provided. First, the teacher will read the material to be studied. Then explain any difficult parts. Then ask students to tell the teacher what a word means, or to summarize the story.
Practice:
 Using the internet to learn about various things concerning the Sahel by going from student to student to check on their understanding, and to keep them on task.
Accommodations:
 For those students who work at a slower pace, for one reason or another, fewer things will be required of them, or they shall be given much more time to complete the assignment. Also, an advanced student will be assigned to the slower one in order for that student to learn the lesson.
Checking For Understanding:
 Students will be able to tell the teacher what they studied at the end of the lessson.
Closure:
 Checking for understanding by summarizing the key points of the lesson.
Evaluation:
 Combination of written, computer, and oral tests.

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