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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Poetry & Music

(March and April 2005)

 

Some Days I Feel...Yellow

In this program we will look into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss and explore his book of colored emotions, titled: My Many Colored Days. Every time you turn a page in this book you are presented with a new color and a relative emotion. Students will observe rhyming and rhythmic poetry about colors as well as participate in a craft related to the story. Recommended for grades K-1.

Fiction Books:

My Many Colored Days My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Black All Around Black All Around by Patricia Hubbell

Flyaway Katie Flyaway Katie by Polly Dunbar

Sometimes Sometimes by Keith Baker

My World of Color My World of Color by Margaret Wise Brown

Informational Text:

The Crayon Counting Book The Crayon Counting Book by Pam Munoz Ryan

Poetry Time with Dr. Seuss Rhyme Poetry Time with Dr. Seuss Rhyme by Cherly Potts (Teacher Resource)

growingcolors Growing Colors by Bruce McMillan

 

We Got the blues

In this program we will be exploring the art of blues music. The main focus of this program will be to identify the rhythm and rhyme used in some blues songs. Students will also see how feelings play a BIG role in blues music. Students will have the opportunity to express their emotions through bluesy poems and a craft. Recommended for grades 2-3.

Fiction Books:

Yesterday I Had the Blues Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jeron Ashford Frame

The Sunday Blues The Sunday Blues by Neal Layton

Arthur Plays the Blues Arthur Plays the Blues by Marc Brown

Out of the Blue: Poems About Color by Hiawyn Oram

Informational Text:

The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: Celebration of Music The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: Celebration of Music by Jaime Adoff

Hey You! C'mere: A Poetry Slam Hey You! C'mere: A Poetry Slam by Elizabeth Swados

Blues Journey Blues Journey by Walter Dean Myers

Love to Langston Love to Langston by Tony Medina

Blues: Its birth and growth by Elmer Howard

 

Poetry in Music...Over the Years

In this program we will be traveling through music over the years, and investigating how music and poetry are related to one another. From blues to swing, rock n' roll to hip hop, the students will travel down the musical timeline feeling, seeing and hearing the rythm of music that makes up American history. Recommended for grades 4-5.

Informational Text:

I See the Rhythm I See the Rhythm by Toyomi Igus

The Sound that Jazz Makes The Sound that Jazz Makes by Carole Boston Weatherford

Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll by Holly George-Warren

Deshawn Days Deshawn Days by Tony Medina

The History of the Blues The History of the Blues by Sandy Asirvatham

One Nation Under a Groove: Rap Music and its Roots One Nation Under a Groove: Rap Music and its Roots by James Haskins

The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: Celebration of Music The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: Celebration of Music by Jaime Adoff

Perfect Harmony by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Song and Dance: Poems Song and Dance: Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins

The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World by Julius Lester

The History of the Blues The History of the Blues by Sandy Asirvatham