Creating Story with Music

In Bali, the term gotong royong means working together. Children will see firsthand how two cultural music pieces can work together to create something new, while also understanding the importance of collaborative effort. They are broken into two groups, one group chants the words to "Mary Had a Little Lamb," while the other group chants a common Balinese rhythm. Then, they engage in a freeze dance activity to show the main idea from the epic Story of Rama. The lesson concludes with a class discussion.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Children will be introduced to a new cultural experience
  • The lesson employs kinesthetic components to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Printable worksheets and a video link is provided
Cons

  • Pre-teaching of main idea will be necessary to truly meet Common Core expectations
Common Core