Lesson Plan

Grade 2 Domain 2 Common Core Arts Integration Lesson Ancient Asian Civilizations

This lesson provides integrated activities for second grade domain 2 common core lessons on ancient Asian civilizations.
Sunshine M.
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Common Core Standards ELA:RL.2.1 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 RL.2.9 RI.2.1 RI.2.2 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 RI.2.9 RI.2.10 W.2.2 W.2.8 SL.2.1 SL.2.1.a SL.2.1.c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 SL.2.4 SL.2.5 SL.2.6 L.2.1 L.2.1.d L.2.1.f L.2.4 L.2.4.a L.2.4.b L.2.4.c L.2.5 L.2.5.a L.2.5.b L.2.6

Identify Asia as the largest continent with the most populous countries in the world;

Locate Asia, India, and China on a map or globe;

Identify Asian music

Identify Wayang Puppetry

Describe the characters, plot, and setting of the folktale 

Demonstrate familiarity with the folktale “The Magic Paintbrush”;

Describe the characters, plot, and setting of the folktale “The Magic Paintbrush”;

Recount fiction read-alouds, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine the central message, lesson, or moral;

Describe how characters in a fiction read-aloud respond to major events and challenges;

Describe the following story elements: characters, setting, and plot, including how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action;

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a read-aloud to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot;

Ask and answer questions (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how), orally or in writing, requiring literal recall and understanding of the details and/or facts of a nonfiction/informational read-aloud;

Compare and contrast (orally or in writing) similarities and differences within a single nonfiction/informational read-aloud or between two or more nonfiction/informational read-alouds;

Listen to and demonstrate understanding of nonfiction/informational read-alouds of appropriate complexity for grades 2–4;

Plan and/or draft, and edit an informative/explanatory text that present information from a nonfiction/informational read-aloud that introduces a topic, uses facts and definitions to develop points, and provides a concluding statement or section;

Retell (orally or in writing) important facts and information from a fiction or nonfiction/informational read-aloud;

Summarize (orally or in writing) text content and/or oral information presented by others;

Ask questions to clarify directions, exercises, classroom routines, and/or what a speaker says about a topic to gather additional information or deepen understanding of a topic or issue;

Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings;

Rehearse and perform poems, stories, and plays for an audience using eye contact, appropriate volume, and clear enunciation;

Sequence four to six pictures illustrating events in a story.

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1 Lesson 1: What are you learning about Asia

Activity: Conversing

Have a conversation with students regarding their lessons in their classrooms. Students who are learning about Ancient Asian Civilizations as part of the Common Core Learning Standards will be learning about many different facets of Asian culture. This lesson is an integrated Arts lesson aimed at extending their knowledge of Domain 2.

Once you have set a common understanding you can begin to enhance student learning through Music and the Arts.

Students will listen to Asian music (including a re-telling of The Tiger and the Brahman, with music by Ravi Shankar)

Students will watch a short video about Wayang Puppetry from Java.


Student Instructions

1. Class meeting about Asian Civilizations

2. Listening acitivity: Ravi Shankar musically illustrates: The Tiger and the Brahman

3. Visual activity: Students will watch a video demonstrating Wayang Puppetry

2 Lesson 2:Creating our own Wayang Puppetry Show

Activity: Investigating

Students will use Magic Zither IOS (available on the App store: free) to create Asian music 

Students will use Wayang Puppetry App IOS (available on the app store: free) to create Wayang puppetry

Students will also re-read The Magic Paintbrush from the Common Core Domain 2 classroom lesson. Students will use this text as a basis for their creation of a Wayang Puppetry show accompanied with Asian music.


Student Instructions

Today you will explore two apps. You will be using Magic Zither to create music for a puppetry show that we will create using Wayang Puppetry.

We will also revisit the text The Magic Paintbrush.

3 Lesson 3: More about Puppetry

Activity: Exploring

Now that students have seen some of the Wayang puppets using the IOS app, teacher will present a power point from the University of Michigan that describes each puppet.

Students will decide which puppet they would like to use for their next lesson: creating their own Wayang Puppet show. Students will use the Wayang Puppetry app.

Students will also learn about the pentatonic scale used in Asian music. Students will learn that any note played on this scale sounds harmonically balanced and that using this scale is like using a paintbrush to paint a musical landscape.

Students will practice with Magic Zither app and prepare to create a Wayang Puppetry composition in their final lesson for next week.

Student Instructions

Today we will be learning more about Wayang Puppetry and Asian music.

We will be learning about the meaning of different puppets that are used in Java and how to create Asian music using the pentatonic scale.

Next week you will use the two apps we used last week to create your own puppet show complete with authentic Asian music.

Your show will be based on the text you read in class and that we read in lesson 2: The Magic Paintbrush.


4 Lesson 4: Putting it all together: Creatively Illustrating a Text

Activity: Creating

Students will be grouped in twos.

Students will create their own Puppetry show using the Wayang Puppetry app and the Magic Zither app. One student will use the puppetry app while the other accompanies the puppets movements using the Magic Zither app.

Students will switch roles and gain competancy on both apps and prepare for their final performances in the lesson five: performances.

Student Instructions

Today you will work with a partner to create your own puppet show.

Each of you will have a turn using each app to illustrate The Magic Paintbrush. 

Today you will be creating and refining your final product for a performance next week.

5 Final Lesson: Performance

Activity: Presenting

Students will present their "compositions" to other students in the class. Each student group will have two minutes to perform their pieces.

Turn the lights off in the room and have students use tablets to project the puppets from the Wayang Puppetry app to students in the class. The other student in the group will accompany the puppets using the Magic Zither app on their tablet.

At the end of class have students comment and remark on each others compositions. Provide assessments and feedback to students on their projects.

Student Instructions

Today you will be performing your compositions for the class.  Each student will have a turn either using the puppetry app or the music app.

We will turn off the lights and begin shortly. Please remember your audience manners and be preapred to share your thoughts and feelings about your classmates compositions at the end of class today.