This is a cross-curricular visualization lesson that combines music, art, reading, writing, science, and creative movement using "Autumn" from Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons."
Whether you are a music teacher, art teacher, or regular classroom teacher, you can combine many of these lessons to help your students grasp a deeper meaning of autumn through the process of visualization.
When I teach reading and writing, I'm always explaining to my students that I should see a "movie" playing in my mind when I read a story or their compositions.
I have bounced back and forth teaching music and 4th grade for years. This is one lesson that I have taught in both kinds of classrooms. I think it's a great lesson for 3rd - 5th graders.
I found "The Four Seasons" CD collection in a dollar bin at Target, but I also downloaded the songs off itunes. There are also some wonderful videos on youtube featuring the songs. These songs lend themselves to creative movement, visual art, and writing prompts that leave a meaningful impression on my students.
Hope you enjoy these lessons and have a blessed year!