Winter Resource Activity Ideas
Women's History Month
Listen to Women Composers of the Past and Contemporary Women Composers from Classics for Kids with your students. Have students work alone or in pairs and further research a female composer presented in one of the programs. Plan a presentation day or two for students to share more about their researched composer for the class. Use this template or one of your own for the project.
- Women’s History Artist: Georgia O’Keeffe (full instructions found here)
- Sharpie marker
- Paint brushes
- Women’s History Artist: Mary Cassatt (full instructions found here)
- Colored drawing chalk
- Paper towels
- Newspaper pads
- Scrap paper
- Spray fixative
Clinton, Chelsea. She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World. Illustrated by Alexander Boiger, Philomel Books, 2017.
Chen, Eva. A is for Awesome. Illustrated by Derek Desierto, Macmillan Publishing Group, 2019.
National Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Celebrate Read Across America Day with some, or ALL, of these music-related books and their further learning extensions!
- Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren
- Share and seek out “because” moments with your students!
- Who or what inspired your interest in something that you love?
- Listen to “The Cold” by Hilary Purrington
- The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow and C. F. Payne
- What instrument(s) would you want to try?
- Practice conducting patterns!
- Allegro by David Miles and Anita Barghigiani
- Learn and listen further to the 11 musical masterpieces!
- My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox and Elbrite Brown
- What kind of musical genres do you like?
- Have students play along on the instruments the young girl mentions throughout the story.
- Mini Tin Book Report (full instructions found here)
- Mint tin (3.5 by 2.25in)
- Card Stock
- Colored Pencils or Markers
- Crafting Foam
- Double sided tape
- Thing 1 & Thing 2 Corner Bookmark (video instructions here)
- Square paper
- Red, blue & white paper
- Black pen
- Glue stick
Seussville for Educators – Resources to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd!
KidLit TV – “Read Out Loud” program that brings authors’ voices into the classroom
Storyline Online – Celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
St. Patrick’s Day
A jig is a lively folk dance with leaping movements prominent in Irish culture. Learn a jig with your students and try to dance along to this famous jig “Irish Washerwomen” performed by André Rieu and John Sheahan in Dublin, Ireland.
- Savannah How: Learn an Irish Jig
- Irish Jig (not a traditional jig, but may be easier for students to learn in a short amount of time)
- Leprechaun Stick Puppet
- Orange cupcake liner
- Green, black, yellow & tan paper
- Large wood craft stick
- Googly eyes
- Clover Colors (full instructions here)
- Square paper
- Watercolor paint
- Paint brushes
- Water & containers
- Black Sharpie
Wallace, Adam. How to Catch a Leprechaun. Pictures by Andy Elkerton, Sourcebooks Wonderland, 2016.
Bunting, Eve. S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet. Illustrated by Matt Falkner, Sleeping Bear Press, 2007.
ARCHIVE TEACHER RESOURCE GUIDES
MSO Teacher Resource Guides are full of background information about the music and composers, as well as suggested lesson plans and student activities. Below is a selection of Teacher Resource Guides from previous seasons. Follow the MSO Education Spotify Channel and listen to these past Concerts for Schools programs.
Teen (6th - 12th grades)
- Mendelssohn: Elijah (2018.19
- Bernstein 2018! (2017.18)
- Poulenc’s Gloria (2016.17)
- Dona Nobis Pacem (2015.16)
Youth (3rd - 8th grades)
- Beethoven: A Birthday Celebration (2019.20)
- American Reflections: This is Us (2019.20)
- Notes from Home (2018.19)
- Trills and Chills II (2018.19)
- Finding the American Voice (2017.18)
- Music of the Earth (2017.18)
- Notes from the Heart (2016.17)
- Your Heroes (2015.16)
Music for Me! (K4 – 2nd grades)
TSOUNDS KIDS offers “how to” videos, games and puzzles.
The Kennedy Center is providing digital performances to enjoy from home!
Carnegie Hall is offering numerous activities for families and kids ranging from infancy to 5th grade.
Watch and listen to professional musicians. The Philharmonia’s expert players guide you through the intricacies of the instruments they play.
DSO Kids includes videos, information on instruments and composers, and activities.
SFS Kids provides fun and games with music! An interactive website where children can discover, listen, play, perform, conduct, and compose. (Need to allow Flash Player in order to run).
PBS Kids has a variety of music games for children in Pre-K through 2nd grade.
Go Classical for Kids! An interactive website with a variety of games and activities.
World Music with DARIA. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments!
Join Violet and Uncle Ollie on an instrument Safari! An interactive website that introduces and describes the instrument of an orchestra through numerous mini-games.
U BETTER Sing! A fun interactive singing game app in the Apple Store.
The Cleveland Orchestra Music Explorers. A video series designed for students ages 3-6 and their families.
The Cleveland Orchestra presents teacher videos with ready-to-go lesson plans and activities.
►https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/lessonlibrary (Lesson Library)
Carnegie Hall is offering numerous resources for teachers ranging from K-12 as professional development opportunities.
DSO Kids includes information on instruments and composers, activities, and teacher resources and lesson plans.
PBS Learning Media provides a wealth of music-ed films, interactive lessons, and more.
The Kennedy Center has a vast collection of theatre, music, and dance resources.
Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators: Ideas from NAfME Members for Fellow Music Educators
VIRTUAL AND ONLINE EXPERIENCES
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Musical Journeys, Broadcast Series, and Backstage Conversations with Composers
Milwaukee Art Museum 360 Degrees
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee County Historical Society presents “Moment at the Museum” series
Arts@Large virtual community art events
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Play in the Cloud
Milwaukee Public Museum Community of Curiosity
Milwaukee Repertory is offering a digital streaming version of its classic production of A Christmas Carol.
IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT presents: Paint In A Box: Painting For One. A zoom-based theatrical experience that is fun for the whole family. Available February 9-20.