Space Music Lesson, STEAM Challenge: Be a Music Composer! (distance learning)

Grade Levels
4th - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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  • Multimedia
14 pages
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How do you compose music as BIG as the universe? Hear from Grammy Award winning composer Eric Whitacre about life as a music composer, then try it yourself! Make your own ‘universe sound’, listen to an interactive podcast episode, and come together for a hands-on STEAM Challenge – build a classroom orchestra! This could also be done in a virtual classroom for distance learning.

Purchase includes:

  1. What is a podcast? introductory video
  2. 45-minute 5E lesson plan aligned with NGSS and CCSS; includes fun STEAM Challenge
  3. Student Solve It! Pack (graphic organizer, scaffolded podcast listening guide, and reflection sheet – 3 page PDF)
  4. Student Solve It! Pack Answer Key (3 page PDF)
  5. Reflection grading checklist
  6. Exclusive link to podcast episode
  7. Music Composer! For Kids flyer (1 page PDF)
  8. access to online bonus content to keep exploring

Solve It! For Kids is a new science podcast with acclaimed children’s STEM author Jennifer Swanson and podcast personality Jed Doherty. Give your students a peek into the life of real scientists, engineers, and experts and challenge them to use curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity! The perfect way to integrate STEM in the elementary classroom while developing problem solving and listening skills.

Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.
Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.


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