Chameleon food – Part 2

The children brush the chameleons’ teeth to music, and revisit the concept of slow and fast tempo.

Musical concept   Tempo : Fast / Slow


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Physical and motor : Adopts practices associated with good personal hygiene


  • Cognitive : Explores their environment by engaging in
    activities related to arts and science
  • Emotional : Engages in positive experiences


  • Language : Interacts verbally and non-verbally


  • Social  : Regulates their own behaviour


Prerequisites : The instructor and the children have played the first game in the World of Chameleons module (Module 011A) together.

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 : Aaron Copland: Hoe-Down, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà 

2. Slow tempo : J.S. Bach: Concerto in D minor, BWV 974, after the concerto for Oboe: II. Adagio, performed by Luc Beauséjour

3. Fast tempo  : Alessandro Marcello: Concerto for Oboe in D Minor, performed by Tafelmusik||

4. Slow tempo : J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in D Major BWV 1068: III. Air, performed by Tafelmusik

5. Slow tempo : Éric Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1, performed by Valérie Milot

6. Fast tempo : George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Alain Lefèvree

7. Fast tempo  : Carl Binder: Overture to «Orpheus in the Underworld» (Jacques Offenbach): Allegro confuoco, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

8. Slow tempo : Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

9. Slow tempo : Maurice Ravel: Pavane for a dead Princess, performed by André Laplante

10. Fast tempo  : Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60: I. Adagio. Allegro Vivace, performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

Introduce the activity to the children

“After eating their fill, the chameleons now have to brush their teeth. We’re going to show them how to brush their teeth the right way. And we’re going to do it to the music!”


1. Remind the children about the concept of tempo.

Ask them: “What’s the word we use to speak about the ‘speed’ of a piece of music?” (Answer: tempo.) “Do you know two words to describe the tempo?” (Answer: slow/fast)

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

3. Discuss the reasons for good dental hygiene.

4. Explain the activity

“Just like us humans, chameleons need to prevent cavities by brushing their teeth after eating. But they don’t know how to do that, so we’re going to show them. We’re going to imitate brushing our teeth. When the tempo of the music is fast, we’re going to brush quickly, and when the tempo is slow, we’re going to brush slowly so that the chameleons’ teeth will be really clean.”

5. Listen to the first musical excerpt.

At the beginning of the excerpt, ask the children :
“Is the tempo of this piece fast or slow?”
Then make sure they brush slowly if the excerpt tempo is slow and quickly if the excerpt tempo is fast.

6. Repeat the activity with the other musical excerpts (see the list ).

To go further

Do this module’s activity the same day as the visit from the dental hygienist to explain the best way to brush one’s teeth.

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