How I Wonder What You Are?

Susan Zelasky, Donna Underwood, Roger Otto, Kelly Merrick

Students will recognize and use vocabulary terms for dynamic levels in music. They will also show how dynamics are used to respond to the mood of a piece of music. They will be given an excerpt of the story to create a soundscape to enhance the mood in a short story.


CD- The Planets, by Holst
Paper and pencil
Anchor Chart describing the features of each planet, from student input
Poster of all the planets comparing their sizes (National Geographic)
Musical Instruments (Un-pitched and Pitched)
Video Camera
Collaboration Role Cards


Days 1-2
1. Listen and move to each piece in “The Planets”.
2. Create Anchor Chart on the characteristics of each planet using music vocabulary words including dynamic levels, tempo, and articulation words.

Day 3
1. Using the music vocabulary and effective word choice, students in small groups will describe their own object in the sky on paper. They may sketch to enhance their word choices.
2. Using musical instruments, create short rhythmic and melodic patterns that represent their object in the sky.

Day 4
Continue revising and polishing their musical interpretations.

Day 5
Perform musical soundscapes as an informance.

Differentiation Approaches

1. Collaborative learning
2. Using multiple intelligences to enhance learning
3. Add a drawing to represent their piece and help in the writing process.


1. Videotape of the Informance
2. PQP- Praise, Question, and a Polish (Peer Review)
3. Self Reflection (What was your contribution?)
4. Collaboration Role Cards

Follow Up and Extension Ideas

1. Students can create a visual arts piece using a variety of media to depict their object in the sky.
2. Students can write a poem using various literary elements such as onomatopoeia
3. Students can create a Secret Room Pop up books.

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