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Squirrel Naptime

Before breaktime, the children listen to relaxing music in a high or low register.

Musical concept :  Pitch High / Low

LEARNING

Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Physical and motor : Relaxes

 

  • Cognitive : Uses own reasoning skills
  • Emotional : Recognizes own personal characteristics

 

  • Language : Interacts verbally and non-verbally

 

  • Social : Makes contact with the other children

Preparation

Prerequisites : completion of module 012 – Squirrels’ Snacks – or the first game in the Mazaam app’s World of Squirrels module.

Necessary material

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

 

  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Squirrels (pitch)

 

Music to listen to online or to download

Relaxing musical pieces in a high register :

Franz Schubert : Ave Maria, performed by Nadia Labrie (flute)

Alex Baranowski: Margot, performed by Angèle Dubeau &  La Pietà (violin, string orchestra and piano)

Relaxing musical pieces in a low register :

Camille Saint-Saëns : The Swan, performed by Stéphane Tétreault (cello)

Giovanni Bassano: Divisions on Ancor che col partire, performed by Suzanne De Serres, Natalie Michaud, Geneviève Soly and Alain Trudel (dulcian, flute, organ and sackbut)

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

Introduce the activity

“Before breaktime, we’re going to help Mazaam’s squirrels prepare for their nap.”

Activity

1. As a group, revisit the concept of pitch

In order to clearly differentiate high- and low-pitched sounds.

2. Play the second game in the World of Squirrels module with the children.

3. Discuss with the children their favourite position for relaxing and the kinds of gestures or objects that make them feel relaxed

Compare their preferences with those of Mazaam’s squirrels.

4. Ask the children :

“Do you prefer to relax to music in a high or low register?” – and then take a show of hands to determine the register of the piece that they’ll listen to during breaktime.

5. Then ask the children to prepare for breaktime

By thinking about the positions, gestures or objects that help them relax.

6. During breaktime

Listen to one of the relaxing musical pieces suggested in the music section in a high or low register, depending on the preference expressed by the children.

To go further

Give the children the choice of musical piece to listen to during the breaktime from among those suggested in the music section.

Ask the ‘student of the day’ to choose the musical piece to listen to during breaktime from among those suggested in the music section.

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