3rd Grade Music and Science: STEM to STEAM
Since the spring of 2014, Jen Wagar (FHCDS science teacher) and I collaborated on a STEAM project that involved third graders using recycled materials to create instruments that they would use to perform their two-part compositions. In science and music classes, the students learned about sound, pitch, sound waves, vibrations, instrumental materials, and ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, the FHCDS Philharmonic, and the ArtEco Band. This helped them discover how to make a working instrument that could produce sound and pitches with recycled materials. They also used their knowledge of composition to compose a melody using the notes G A and B on the treble clef staff using quarter, eighth, half, and whole notes. To add another element of integration, the students wrote lyrics to their melodies using facts they learned from their “Adventure America” social studies unit.
At the end of the unit, the students performed their songs using recorders, hand-made guitars, and hand-made drums.
To read two blog posts about this project, please scan the