Aboriginal. Aboriginal West Coast Culture. Aboriginal Drum.
The Aboriginal Drum project teaches students about the significance of the percussion instrument in Aboriginal cultures. Students illustrate an Aboriginal legend on the origin of the drum. They complete a paragraph of belief systems and rituals about the drum by unscrambling vocabulary words placed in context within the paragraph. They will use note-taking skills to pull out key ideas from the paragraph using the graphic organizer; What is Important and Why? An adapted note-taking exercise is also included. In addition to drums, students will learn about other traditional Aboriginal musical instruments. The culminating activity is students will design and build a drum using paper products. Step by step instruction with photographs are included. A mathematics connection is explored with an examination of the cylinder. A step by step mathematics exercise to guide students in calculating the surface area of the drum they have created is also provided. 4 color coded native art designs are provided for the drum heads for students who struggle for ideas. There is a conclusion activity for reflection and a rubric for assessment.