This cross-curricular unit celebrates Bird Day, January 5 each year. This unit from STEAM AHEAD with Music is the third in a new series celebrating international days on the calendar. The unit has not yet been taught, so feedback will be great!
The unit features two songs for all grades and a math lesson for each of grades 2-5 with the goal of understanding the similarities of birdsong to human song form as well as how to use birdsong elements to practice math principles of measurement and data. Students will experience two fun songs from Scotland and West Africa to discover how parts of songs repeat to create a whole. They will learn about the Northern Mockingbird and its amazing ability to learn how to sing as well as create and interpret graphs and line plots to study elements within the birdsong in more detail. Finally students will compare human and bird songs to find out if we are similar or not!
The unit may be used in the music classroom, but is designed for and accessible to the classroom teacher with little or no experience. This unit is in-depth and explores deeply the relationships between music and the science of birds.