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Squirrel snacks

The children talk about their snacks and explore the concept of sound pitch with Mazaam’s squirrels.

Musical concept : Pitch  High / Low

LEARNING

Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Physical and motor : Learns about healthy eating habits and adopts practices associated with good personal hygiene

 

  • Social : Makes contact with the other children
  • Emotional : Recognizes their own personal characteristics

 

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

 

  • Language : Interacts verbally and non-verbally

Preparation

Prerequisites : Do this activity before snacktime.

Necessary material

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

 

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

 

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Introduce the activity to the children

“Today, we’re going to use our snacks to get to know Mazaam’s squirrels.”

2. Divide the class up into small teams

(Three or four children each) for the discussion

Activity

1. Ask the children

“What kinds of snacks do you think are good for your health? Tell your team members what you think.” (Possible answers: fresh fruit or vegetables, cheese, crackers, sunflower seeds, etc.)

2. Ask the children

“What do you think are the squirrels’ favourite healthy snacks?” (Several possible answers – so long as the children say snacks that are healthy)

3. Play the first game in the World of Squirrels module as a group.

4. Remind the children

What ‘high’ means when we’re talking about pitch (say the word in a high-pitched voice) and ‘low’ (say the word in a low-pitched voice).

5. For each squirrel, ask the children

“Is this squirrel making a high-pitched or low- pitched sound?”

6. Ask the children

“The squirrels forgot to do something important before eating their snacks… What was it?” (Answer: wash their hands.)

7. Give the following instructions to the children

“Wash your hands before you eat your snacks. Then, take out your snack and sit in your spot, but wait a moment before eating.”

8. Then tell the children

“Each of you will take turns to say what your snack is in a low or high voice. If a classmate has the same snack as you, try to use the same pitch of voice as they did to say what your snack is. If I say I have an apple in a high voice, the other children who have apples will also say the same thing in a
high voice.”

9. Tell the children : “You can eat your snacks now!”

To go further

In order to practise the children’s sequential memory,
tell them: “We’re going to play a game like ‘In my bag, I have a…’ but instead we’re going to say ‘In my lunchbox, I have a…’, with each of us adding the name of our snack to the list.”                  
For example :                                                                                                 

  • First child: “In my lunchbox, I have a clementine [high voice].”

 

  • Second child: “In my lunchbox, I have a clementine [high voice] and some cheese cubes [low voice].”

 

  • And so on, until all the children have added the name of their snack to the list.
  • Do the activity in module 013 : Squirrels’ Naptime.

 

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