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Steady Beat on the Farm

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will read the book Farmyard Beat to learn about music and rhythm. They will paint paper with rhythmic mark making while listening to music inspired by farming and create a Grant Wood-inspired collage farm scene using the painted paper.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will listen to the book Farmyard Beat, identifying examples of rhythm and steady beat in the musical story.

Students will listen to music inspired by farming and respond through imaginative exploration with paint.

Students will use tempera, brushes, and forks to create rhythmic marks on their painted papers.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Read the book, Farmyard Beat, emphasizing examples of rhythm and steady beat in the words and illustrations.
  • Play music inspired by farming and facilitate mark-making exploration with paint.
  • Demonstrate how to create painted papers by brushing tempera over the surface and making rhythmic marks.
  • Share the art of Grant Wood and facilitate a discussion comparing them to the illustrations from Farmyard Beat.

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National Standards


Create

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

VA:Cr2.3.Ka

Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with various arts materials.

1.VA:Cr1.1

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

K.VA:Cr2.3

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 10 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Farmyard Beat: L. Craig & M. Brown, ISBN 0375864555
  • White paper, scissors, and glue
  • Sketchbook or sketch paper, pencil, and eraser
  • Tempera or acrylic paint (several colors)
  • Brushes and water cup
  • Mark-making tools (forks, sponges, etc.)
  • Music inspired by farming
  • Images of artwork by Grant Wood

National Standards


Create

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

VA:Cr2.3.Ka

Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with various arts materials.

1.VA:Cr1.1

Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

K.VA:Cr2.3

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Steps

Read the Book

Read Farmyard Beat. Identify examples of repetition and rhythm within the book.

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Instructional Materials

Anchor Chart

Ideas for Making Painted Paper

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Worksheet

Barnyard Brainstorming

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Artist Bio

Grant Wood

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Graphic Organizer

Venn Diagram

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Critique

Gallery Walk Guide

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