Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin Story Summary:
This story is available on YouTube. It was also a Reading Rainbow story, and the episode can be viewed through YouTube. One by one the orchestra instruments join together. The story is rich in math and musical vocabulary.
Students create their own instruments. After reading the story, allow students to create an instrument. Allow children to use a variety of materials to create their instruments. Some ideas include: paper plates and cups, empty boxes or cylinder containers, bells, beans, beads, rubber bands, pipe cleaners, bells, yarn, whole punches, glue, tape and staplers. Using the vocabulary cards, allow 1 to 10 children to come to the front to play together.
Suggested Extension Activities:
1. Check out musical instrument informational text books from the library. Have students write about a real instrument.
2. Students can compare and contrast their created instruments with ones from the text.
3. Students can compare and contrast their created instruments with another student’s creation.
This unit includes a writing printable with a rubric, comparing and contrasting printables and Venn Diagrams.