-Listen to recordings (or watch videos) of music from different cultures
-Locate the countries on a map
-Read (or enjoy recordings or videos of) myths, folktales and history of the countries
Rattle – Materials: Empty container (coffee can, jar, etc..). Fill container with
sand, rice, beans, pebbles, etc… Shake!
Didjeridoo – Materials: Cardboard tubes – Wrapping paper tubes are ideal. You can
also use paper towel tubes, which can be taped together to make longer tubes if desired.
Paint or draw designs on the tubes – You can use Australian Aboriginal patterns
to make an authentic mini-didjeridoo! To play, buzz your lips and use your voice
to make animal sounds… Have fun!
Rainstick – Easy version: Take any cardboard tube (or roll up a piece of construction
paper to make a tube) – Tape up one end, fill with rice, tape up the other end, and
paint. Tip the tube back and forth to hear the rain sounds.
(Follow-up)Write and draw about “dream journeys” experienced during the assembly
while listening to the music. Try to be as detailed as possible. Compare students’
journeys– Are there similarities? How do the dreams relate to your waking life?
How do they compare to your sleeping dreams? Are there similarities between the
dream journeys and the myths and folktales of other cultures?
Dream journals – Students can keep an on-going journal of their sleeping dreams
Nature and the Environment
Explore and discuss how other cultures relate to and honor nature. How do they use
things from Nature, and how can our modern Western culture learn from their ways?
How can we learn to protect and heal the Earth and our environment?