The Sun, The Earth, The Moon: Revolution and Rotation

Last changed: 05/03/2018 10:16am
Music Science
Grade Level Program Alignment
1 60 min
In-School Workshop
All year
$10 0
no Other , Email , Phone , In-Person
Musical instruments including guitar, banjo, didgeridoo, projector and computer with projections and a device to record the performance.
Smartboard if possible
I can identify how many days it takes the earth to revolve around the sun. I can identify the difference between revolution and rotation. I can generate original creative material (songs, dances, skits, etc.). I can integrate educational topics into original creative material. I can recite and perform original creative material generated during the course of the workshop for an audience. I can share what I’ve learned about revolution and rotation with others using the original material I helped generate during the workshop.
The Sun, The Earth, The Moon: Revolution and Rotation is an in-class theater and music workshop that explores the different physical characteristics of the sun, the earth, and the moon. Students will participate in rap battles, improv comedy, timed-theater challenges and original songwriting. This is a great introduction to this unit for 5th graders. The teaching artist will lead students in a movement activity that will help students identify the different phases of the moon. Then students will create original comedic scenes and sketches about the different characteristics of the sun, the earth and the moon. Finally, the workshop will culminate with an original rap battle and dance-off where students will create lyrics about the differences between revolution and rotation.
"... I truly appreciate your work and admire the way you interact with the kids. The amount of effort you put into learning the topic and making it relevant to what we were doing in class was clearly evident and impressive ... my students were truly engaged and learning. I can't wait to work with you again and I will be recommending you to everyone I can." -Stephen Gould, 5th Grade Teacher, Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker
Parents are absolutely invited to participate in the collaborative creation of original hip hop beats, songs and choreographed dances.

Grade 5

Grade 5: Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System: 5-ESS1-2: Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky: DCI: The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year.
Grade 5: Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System: 5-ESS1-1: Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth: DCI: The Sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer. Stars range greatly in their distance from Earth.
Grade 5: Music: Creating: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work: A. Improvise rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas, and explain connection to specific purpose and context (such as social, cultural and historical).
Grade 5: Theatre: Performing: Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation. B. Use physical choices to create meaning in a drama/theatre work.
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