Lesson Plan

Instrument Family Characteristics

This lesson will help reinforce student's knowledge around the characteristics of the instrument families of the orchestra.
Noelle M.
Classroom teacher
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to describe the similarities of the instrument families of the orchestra using Storyboard That. Students will be able to group the instruments of the orchestra into their families by their special similarities and characteristics using Popplet.

Subjects
Math
Arts
Grades 3 - 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Storyboard That
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Popplet
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Teacher will review the characteristics of the instrument families through books, anchor charts, and Instrument Bingo throughout students learning about the instruments over the course of the year. Explain to students they will be creating a storyboard around their assigned instrument family and instrument. Students are to figure out what instrument is missing from their assigned instrument family group. Students will report what instrument is missing from the family group and give clues about it's similarities to the other instruments in it's family.Teacher demonstrates the project by projecting Storyboard That onto a Smarboard.

2 Direct Instruction

Storyboard That
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Teacher demonstrates the "missing instrument from the instrument family" project by projecting Storyboard That onto a Smarboard. Teacher models again using a partner. Explain to students they will be creating their own storyboard about their missing instrument together.

3 Guided Practice

Storyboard That
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Explain next steps to students.

Student Instructions

First, identify the instrument family on the card you are given. Next, figure out what instrument is missing from the family. After you have figured out the missing instrument, start writing down characteristics and similarities of that particular instrument that matches the instrument family the instrument is missing from. When you are done, create your report in Storyboard That.

4 Independant Practice

Popplet
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After students have completed their Storyboard That project, explain to them it is now time to work independently on another project using Popplet. Their objective is to create a tree map with all the instrument families of the orchestra and record each families characteristics and similarities on the tree map.

Student Instructions

Create a tree map in Popplet around the instrument families of the orchestra. There should be four groupings and under each grouping, record the characteristics and similarities that make an instrument part of the instrument family it is in. Examples: Why is the trumpet in the brass family? What makes a string instrument a string instrument?

5 Wrap-Up

Now that you are familiar with the characteristics and similarities of the instrument families of the orchestra, the next time you see a band or an orchestra play, see if you can pick out an instrument and identify the family it is in. See if you can tell where the instrument families sit. Do they even sit together? Listen to the sounds of the instruments and see if you can identify the instrument family based on it's sound. For reinforcement, students can use the app Sounds of the Orchestra to explore and test their knowledge around the instruments and their sounds.