1. Arts Everywhere

Source: Concepts Across the Curriculum

Explore the meanings and moods of color through art, music, vocabulary, dance and cultural activities. Examine how the arts are used to portray personal feelings and depict social protest in society, and research the artwork of Norman Rockwell.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: The Arts

Topics: Dance. Music. Visual Arts.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

2. Extension Activities: Episode Four

Source: Mississippi River Of Song

Compare and contrast various styles of songs such as traditional, Cajun and the blues. Sing in these styles adding harmony, the sounds of various musical instruments and new song lyrics, and identify rhythms, scores and chords.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: The Arts

Topics: Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

3. Extension Activities: Episode One

Source: Mississippi River Of Song

Explore, study and perform various types of cultural music, dances and songs. Consider scale, patterns, chords, rhythm and style when participating in the various dances.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Anthropology/Cultures. Cultural Studies: Native American Studies. Dance. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

4. Extension Activities: Episode Three

Source: Mississippi River Of Song

Explore the world of blues and gospel music. Write song lyrics, play various musical instruments and contrast electric and acoustic guitars.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: The Arts

Topics: Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

5. Extension Activities: Episode Two

Source: Mississippi River Of Song

Explore and listen to various types of cultural music, songs, instruments and sound effects. Experience songs based on the sounds of the Mississippi River, African-American drumming, hambone percussions and clogging.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Cultural Studies: African American Studies. Dance. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

6. Glass Xylophone

Source: ZOOM

Explore pitch and sound with glasses of water.

Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Subjects: Science & Tech, The Arts

Topics: Physical Science. Sound. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

7. Grandma's Records

Source: PBS Parents Read Aloud Book Club

Discover ways people listened to music before the invention of cassette tapes and CDs. Listen to different types of sounds and music, and learn Latin dances.

Grade Level: 3-5

Subjects: The Arts

Topics: Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

8. Music in Every Classroom

Source: Concepts Across the Curriculum

Explore the world of music through activities that focus on musical beat, rhythm, mood and emotions. Investigate the science of guitars, learn musical notation and enjoy multicultural music and popular songs from three generations.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Science & Tech, The Arts

Topics: Sound. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

9. Musical Guessing Game

Source: Maya & Miguel

Make some simple musical instruments, name them, play with them and then be able to tell them apart by their sounds.

Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Vocabulary. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

10. Straw Kazoo

Source: ZOOM

Discover how straw kazoos of different lengths create different levels of pitch.

Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Subjects: Science & Tech, The Arts

Topics: Physical Science. Sound. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

11. Summer Sports

Source: Concepts Across the Curriculum

Research summer sports associated with the Olympics, how politics have influenced the games, poems and songs about sports and sports injuries. Use math skills to investigate exercises and the game of baseball.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Math, Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Fitness. Social Skills. Sports. Data Analysis/Probability. Numbers and Operations. Literature: Literary Terms. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

12. Super Sounding Drums

Source: ZOOM

Explore percussion sound by creating a drum using heat-sensitve storm window wrap and any large cylinder.

Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Subjects: Science & Tech, The Arts

Topics: Physical Science. Sound. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project

13. Thumb Piano Tunes

Source: Africa

Listen to music on an online thumb piano from Africa. Learn about what thumb pianos are made from, print sheet music of four easy-to-play songs and apply what you've learned in creating your own thumb piano tunes.

Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Cultural Studies: African Studies. Music.

Resource Type: Offline Activity/Project