The Sea Lions’ Meals

The children learn to recognize the difference between consonant and dissonant sounds by feeding Mazaam’s sea lions.

Musical concept : Harmony  Consonance / Dissonance


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Language : Expands their


  • Physical and motor : Learns about healthy eating habitsn
  • Emotional : Engages in positive experiences


  • Cognitive : Explores numerical and spatial skills


  • Social : Participates in group activities


Prerequisites :  None.

Necessary material

  • An interactive whiteboard, computer, tablet or a smartphone


  • Print for each child a set of pictograms and the list of meals for the sound dictations (Appendix )


  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Sea Lions (harmony) module


Music to listen to online or to download

1. Consonant : Amadeus Mozart, Sonata, K. 265, Ah vous dirai-je maman (theme), performed by Janina Fialkowska

2. Dissonant : Ana Sokolovic, Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes: I. À la claire fontaine, performed by Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

3. Consonant : Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: II. Scherzando: Allegretto, performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

4. Dissonant : Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question, performed by Ensemble Caprice

5. Consonant : Franz Schubert, Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Pianofor cello and piano: II. Adagio, performed by Stéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone

6. Dissonant : Gary Kulesha, Trio No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Piano: I, performed by the Gryphon Trio

7. Consonant : Georges Bizet, Carmen, Les Toreadors, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

8. Dissonant : Arvo Pärt, Tabula Rasa: I. Ludus, performed by Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

9. Dissonant : Alexina Louie, Echoes of Time, performed by the Gryphon Trio

10. Consonant : Éric Satie, Gymnopédie No. 1, performed by Valérie Milot

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Introduce the activity

“Today, we’re going to play Mazaam and feed our friends, the sea lions. But we won’t use real food! Instead, we’ll use consonant and dissonant sounds as the ingredients of their meals.”

2. Encourage a discussion about food and meals by asking, for example :

“Sea lions love to eat algae. And you – what’s your favourite food?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “What are the three meals of the day? What do you like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?”

3. Tell the children that they’re going to use musical ingredients together to make the sea lions’ breakfast, lunch and dinner.


1. Hand out the pictograms and the meal sheet.

2. Display the Mazaam app on the interactive whiteboard and open the first game in the World of Sea Lions module.

3. Explain the activity :

  • Sea lions eat algae at every meal. Each alga corresponds to a box and a musical excerpt (1-10).


  • As they listen to an excerpt, each child should decide whether the harmony is consonant or dissonant, and put the pictograms in the right order in the boxes for each meal.
    – Consonant excerpts: use the yellow sea lion
    – Dissonant excerpts: use the mauve sea lion


  • For breakfast, the sea lions eat two algae (excerpts 1 and 2).


  • For lunch, the sea lions eat three algae (excerpts 3, 4 and 5).


  • For dinner, the sea lions eat five algae (excerpts 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10).

4. Do the activity :

  • Use the app to play excerpts 1–10 and give the children enough time to place the pictograms in the right boxes.


  • Play the excerpts again during the activity, as required.


  • Ask different children to come to the front and check the answers on the interactive whiteboard during the activity by giving the alga to the right sea lion in the Mazaam app.


  • If necessary, the children can change their answers by replacing their pictograms with the correct ones on their meal list.

To go further

After the activity, introduce the children to new food in a special workshop.         

Do module 014 – The Sea Lions’ Lullaby.       

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