This also connects up with several posts about trash I've written on my other blog, Sustainable Rays, about the environment.
We are the solution
3 years ago
Project: Building and Using Musical InstrumentsHere are 2 major sources I found for this project:
Driving Question: How are musical instruments made so they can be played together harmoniously?
- Use engineering skills to create musical instruments that can be played together harmoniously
- Use acquired knowledge of the math and physics of music.
- Play the instruments together in a simple composition composed by class members studying music.
- In ELA: read texts and poetry where music plays an important role, including Shakespeare, as well as song texts. Write poems that could be set to music (consider rhythm.)
- In History: discover how music influences history or history influences music
- Brainstorm what they know about music, math and science to find what they need to know.
- Are grouped according to interests, particularly which other participating subjects they are studying (math, physics, music, ELA)
- In groups will learn and use engineering principles to create a musical instrument of different types - string, wind, tuned percussion, etc. based on the knowledge of the physics and math they learn
- Learn the necessary math and physics concepts, with activities and mini-lessons using problems specific for music.
- Teach each other - through presentations, jigsawing or other means - the math, science and music they are not actually studying
Inspired by Nelson Mandela's claim that the impossible is just waiting to be done, this blog chronicles my own journey to do the impossible. I am embarking on another new career as a high school math and science teacher . . . and I don't really think it's impossible - just really hard these days to land a job.
I am finally a credentialed "single-subject" teacher of math, science, physics, chemistry and biology -- looking for the job to use my skills to help motivate students to enjoying my favorite subjects!