Chameleon food Part 1

The children find out about slow and fast tempos by imitating butterflies trying to avoid being eaten by chameleons

Musical concept : Tempo Fast / Slow


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Physical and motor : Uses their gross motor skills and learns about safety factors in their environment


  • Language : Expands their
  • Emotional  : Regulates their own emotions


  • Cognitive : Draws upon their own capacity for attention and memory


  • Social  : Gradually assimilates rules of conduct


Prerequisites : None

Necessary material

  • An interactive whiteboard, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone.


  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Chameleons (tempo)




Music to listen to online or to download

1. Fast Tempo : Traditional: Devil’s Reel, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

2. Slow Tempo : Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 9: I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace, performed by the Orchestre symphonique

3. Fast Tempo : Frédéric Chopin: Minute Waltz (No. 6), performed by Richard Raymond

4. Slow Tempo : Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel: Bist du bei mir BWV 508, performed by Karina Gauvin

5. Fast Tempo : Georgy  Shenderyov: Russian Dance, performed by Alexander Sevastian

6. Slow Tempo : Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet in E Flat major, Op. 20: II. Adagio cantabile, performed by OSM Chamber Soloists

7. Fast Tempo : Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace, performed by Charles Richard-Hamelin

8. Slow Tempo : Reinhold Glière: Pieces, Op. 35 No. 10, Notturno, performed by Alain Trudel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

9. Slow Tempo : Johannes Brahms: Lullaby, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

10. Slow Tempo : Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question, performed by Ensemble Caprice

11. Fast Tempo : Jean Matitia: The Devil’s Rag, performed by Duo Gaulin-Riverin

12. Fast Tempo : Franz Joseph Haydn: Divertimento: III. Allegro di molto, performed by Stéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Play the first game :

Play the first game in the Mazaam app’s World of Chameleons module with the children.

2. Introduce the activity

“Today we’re going to play at being butterflies, just like in the Mazaam app. We’ll have to really watch out to not be caught and eaten by a chameleon.”


1. Remind the children about the basic idea of tempo.

Ask them: “What does the word ‘tempo’ mean?” (Answer: It’s the word we use to speak about the ‘speed’ of a piece of

2. Remind the children that tempo can be slow or fast

For example, sing the beginning of a song that all the children know – first slowly, then fast. Ask the children: “Can you hear the difference? The first time, I sang in a slow tempo, and then, the second time, I sang in a fast tempo.”

3. Play the Mazaam version of the statue game :

  • Remind the children that they have to move about safely.


  • Explain the rules of the game to the

“In this game we’re going to move about like butterflies, flapping our wings to the right tempo. We’re going to flap our wings slowly and walk slowly when the tempo of the music is slow, and we’re going to flap our wings fast and move more quickly when the tempo of the music is fast. When the music
stops, we have to stop moving too.”

4. Listen to musical excerpts

From the first game in the Mazaam app’s World of Chameleons module (play only the audio without projecting the app on the interactive whiteboard).

5. At the beginning of each excerpt, ask the children :

“Is the tempo of this piece slow or fast?”

6. Make sure that the children move about and flap their wings to the right tempo.

Repeat with the following musical excerpts.

To go further

Do the activities in module 011B: Chameleon Food Part 2.

Play the second game in the Mazaam app’s World of Chameleons module with the children.