Most of this unit does not require paperwork. It is hands-on and the kids do the creating / designing!
Invite students to pretend that they have been hired to manage a rock band! This project builds up to a mural to hang on the wall of your classroom.
1. Letter from Record Label Manager -
(page 4) - Introduction to project for kids: Put letter in an envelope addressed to class with VIP passes in it.
(page 5) - VIP passes
2. Character Creation -
(page 6) - at least 6 cooperative learning groups: each group creates a character for the band
First kids brainstorm ideas and present. Then they draw on the page and fill in the box.
As a class, decide what each band member’s role in the band is.
3. Fictional Biography -
After the character is created and the role of the band member is assigned, teams write a fictional biography of their character (type it up on the computer).
4. Band Member Fractions -
(page 7) - The band is together! Now kids practice their fractions by comparing and contrasting attributes of each band member.
5. Band Name / Voting -
Each team comes up with a name for the band and compose a persuasive paragraph explaining why their peers should choose it. They should provide reasons that support their opinions.
(page 8) - Voting cards: write the band name ideas on the board. Kids write the names they like the best on the cards and hand them to the teacher - tally and graph the results!
6. Logo Design -
After a name is chosen, students will create a logo. Then, take a class vote using same ballots on (page 8). Kids can draw a logo or do it on the computer. The final logo design should be hung up by the characters.
7. Creating the Setting -
Make roads out of construction paper to hang on the wall (tour bus and band members will be taped on the road). Trees are included to tape next to the roads (page 9-11) and a mural sign (page 12-16).
8. Tour Bus Design -
Have kids search tour bus designs online. Cooperative learning groups collaborate and design a tour bus, mapping out the area and perimeter on grid paper (4 pieces of grid paper taped together for long/ tall bus). After they have the initial grid design, they trace the outline on to construction paper and design! The logo should be included somewhere on their tour bus. Then, as a class, vote on the design. (voting ballots page 8) grid paper (page 17) - print 4 sheets for each group. Once a bus is voted on, add it to the mural next to the rock stars.
9. Tour Bus Interior Map -
Give kids a large piece of construction paper to make a map of what they think the interior of the bus should look like (individual design project / mapping skills). Kids can vote (optional) on the design they like the best using the ballots (page 8). - Think about seating, bedding, the restroom and the kitchen area. -
10. Letter from Record Label Manager -
happy with their process (page 18)
11. Album Tracks -
(page 19) - Each group comes up with 2 song names for the band to put on the album artwork (total of 12 songs).
Group project: Write a song (using 1 of the song names they added for the album).
Students should include a simile, metaphor, hyperbole, alliteration or onomatopoeia.
Vote on what song should be the band’s first single (ballots - page 8). The song that gets the most votes gets hung up next to the mural.
Add music to the song using a music-making app or enlist some help from the music teacher! Perform the song as a class!
12. Album: Artwork -
(page 20) - Individual project / Measurement (math / art) - kids measure out the correct dimensions, then illustrate. They can do this project on the computer once they sketch their idea on construction paper. They must use the band’s logo in their design.
13. Publicity -
(page 21) - Brainstorm ideas: Get local press by writing to the person in charge of music for local editorials. Contact local music venues and radio stations.
Kids write a persuasive letter explaining why they should set up an interview or live performance with the band. (Teacher responds back as an imaginary business person, or have a local person write back). Kids can also make a music video of their song (band’s single). How to setup letter for kids - (page 22)
14. Letter from Record Label Manager -
(page 23) - The class music video went viral on youtube (pretend like you put it on youtube).
15. Create A Stage -
As a class, design a stage: arena, seating arrangements. Kids can look at stages online. This will get kids using their measuring skills and promote critical thinking.
The stage gets hung on the wall and band members characters are taped on and ready to perform!
Sales Sheet - tickets, t-shirts and posters (page 24) / Divide kids into 3 groups to design these items. (page 25-27)
16. Critical Incidents -
The band ordered a pizza while practicing for the big show. How can they help the pizza man find where to drop it off? - Collaborate and create a map of the arena. Think about food/drinks and restrooms.
A fan got injured while crowd surfing. Have students brainstorm ideas. -
Write a friendly letter to the fan. (Teacher responds back as an imaginary person.)
The band is spending too much money and needs to go on a budget.
Write down all of the band’s expenses. What expenses would be the easiest to reduce? How can the band reduce their expenses?
(Expenses: Food, Clothing, Gas - have kids brainstorm more ideas / make up numbers)
17. The Band Has Made It Mainstream: World Tour Time! -
Using a map, mark off all of the places the band will be performing. Students could even research music venues in different areas of the world. You can put post-it notes on the map and use push pins to hold yarn to create a path of where the band has traveled.
18. Concluding Events -
(page 28) - Ending Letter - Celebrate the band’s success! Have a rock band party.
Optional: Throughout the process, create a timeline (Social Studies) to keep track of the band’s success.