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DRUM DOGS / Students Imagine Stories and Play Drums (elementary)

Last changed: 05/30/2019 12:49pm
4 , 5
Music English
Grade Level Program Alignment
1 45 min
In-School Workshop In-school workshop intended for individual classes of a grade level to experience separately.
All Year
$10 0
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Four-color graphic of each breed of DRUM DOG to show the students. Short stories that I tell as examples that illustrate examples of problem situations, and how DRUM DOG POWERS resolve them.
Writing paper and pens or pencils for the students.
Please arrange the space so that four student teams can sit together to imagine and write their stories.
I CAN imagine and write stories about that establish a situation and a resolution; I CAN collaborate with, and empathize with, classmates to create a story; I CAN play music together with educators and classmates.
In four DRUM DOG TEAMS within each classroom, students collaborate to create and write short stories about four breeds of dogs: Labrador Retriever; Japanese Hokkaido; Australian Kelpie; German Shepherd.

Each Team imagines a story in which a problem gets solved by a dog’s DRUM DOG POWER. The Powers are: Assistance and Guiding; Physical Strength and Endurance; Herding and Safety; Search and Rescue.

Working together in the process builds students’ critical thinking skills. They experience how values of self- regulation, listening, persistence, and empathy are important for successful group activities.

Bob teaches public speaking skills for students to read their Team’s story aloud to the other Teams.

He teaches students how to use phonetic skills to innovate a DRUM DOG RHYTHM that’s based on the stories that each Team has imagined. He leads all of the Teams to play together with the four Rhythms on his age-appropriate hand drums.
DRUM DOGS welcomes adult family members and caregivers to participate. Bob requires advance notice for the attendance to insure having enough drums..

Grade 4

Grade 4: Writing Standards: Text Types and Purposes: Group # 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. a. Orient the reader by establishing a situationand introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. b. Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Grade 4: Music: Performing: Anchor Standard #6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work: a. Perform music alone or with others, with expression and technical accuracy, and appropriate interpretation.

Grade 5

Grade 5: Writing Standards: Text Types and Purposes: Group # 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. a. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Grade 5: Music: Performing: Anchor Standard #6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work: a. Perform music alone or with others with expression, technical accuracy, and appropriate interpretation.