For this lesson we are going to teach students about where all the states are located in our country and have the students make a musical trail to get them to another state. I will assign four different notes (F, G, A, B) to the navigational directions of north, east, south, and west. Students will count each state as one block as they move through the map to get to their destination. As they create their trail each student will write the note associated with the direction they would like to move to on a black piece of sheet music. When their trail is complete they will each play their groups tune on the instrument assigned.
This lesson could be brought into a classroom while the students are learning about geography. It would test their knowledge on the shape of each state and where they are found on the map. This lesson also covers the navigational directions of north, east, south, and west, and how we might use those when looking at maps. In 3rd grade students are supposed to learn about the notes F, G, A, and B, which worked perfectly for assigning them to the four directions. By having students write and then play their music they should have a really good understanding of where those notes fall on the scale and what they should sound like.