Step 1: Read aloud the book Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson Fletcher. Ask students to predict what will happen to the tree each new season as you read.
Step 2: Using chart paper to document their answers, ask students to describe how each season looks and feels. What are some different ways we can share these ideas (drawing a picture, playing instruments, creating a dance)?
Step 3: Explain that composers (people who write music) can use music to show the change in seasons. Then, play a 20-30 second excerpt from each of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons movements.
Step 4: On the original chart paper, ask students how the music “looks” in their minds or “feels” in their bodies as they listen. Document their answers.
Step 5: Experiment with ways you can make those same sounds from each musical movement using the body or instruments in the room.
Step 6: Create a group soundscape that documents the cycle of the seasons using their bodies or instruments in the room.