January is Under the Sea theme for my primary Music classes and I wanted to come up with a composition idea for my grade 1 and grade 1/2 students that was different than our grade 1 Shark and grade 2 Jellyfish compositions from last year.
I decided to focus on Jellyfish with this new idea because I am obsessed with them right now! This activity took about 45 minutes total and was so fun and valuable for the kids!
Jellyfish Non-Pitched Percussion Composition Activity:
We did this activity after exploring the movement of various under water creatures!
1. Students each received a coffee filter and coloured it with markers. They left a lot of white so that the colours would blend nicely later on. This part only took ten minutes!
2. I sprayed down all of the filters with a water spray bottle and had the kids watch the transformation!
3. During the following class students decided on non-pitched instrument sounds they thought matched jellyfish movement. Movement words that came up were soft, light, wiggly, smooth, up and down, etc. Once the instruments were chosen by the students, the class decided on the ribbon that would best match the sound.
4. For their composition, students each chose instruments and a pattern, using the appropriate ribbons.
5. The coffee filters were folded in half, and then half again. Students organized their ribbons on the bottom round edge of one of the filter quarters and I ran a strip of white glue on top of the ribbons. Next the students folded the filter closed and waited for them to dry.
6. To finish our project off, students each received an NPP instrument and we all played each of the Jellyfish compositions, with someone pointing along to track the tentacle "music"!
Super fun and students LOVED this activity!
I did this over a total of three classes (but not full classes) to complete. Ten minutes for steps 1 and 2, thirty minutes for steps 3 and 4 (only because I worked with groups of 6 or 7 students at a time for ten minutes, while the others did a rhythm centre rotation), and ten minutes for step 6.