Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Orchestra Knowledge Paired With Learning the Alphabet
Introduce the Orchestra to Your Young Reader While Learning the Alphabet
Lera Auerbach and Marilyn Nelson are two acclaimed poets who have published a creative picture book and story about the orchestra. Each instrument has its own alphabet letter and vocabulary rich descriptions. A is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet is a must-have for young readers to learn about an orchestra.
The oboe is introduced with an "A" because the oboe is responsible for getting every instrument in tune with the "A" note. This is the first note that you will hear when you attend a concert. After the oboe plays its "A" the rest of the orchestra tunes in. "B" for bassoon is described as the grandpa of the orchestra. Introduce your young reader to "G" for glockenspiel. Orchestras often play jazz and "J" for jazz can introduce your young reader to this style of music. Several vocabulary words that belong to the music world are introduced. "M" for "motif", "metronome" and "meter" are all musical terms. "R" for "rests" is also part of the musical terms that are included in the story of the orchestra. The letter "X" has an intriguing description. The letter "Z" is for the sleeping song with the concert is over.
Paul Hoppe contributed his talents as an illustrator with extraordinary illustrations that are richly colored and fill each page of the picture book.
The text is also an extraordinary piece of descriptive writing.
A is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet was published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 7-10 and has an ISBN of 978-0-525-55377-9.
Illustrations in Rich Colors Fill Each Page
Enjoy the Youth Orchestra After Reading
Bring A is for Oboe Into the Classroom
Both music teachers and teachers who teach reading and language arts to elementary students will want to add A is for Oboe : The Orchestra's Alphabet to their classroom library. Picture books were always my go-to tool for introducing many subjects to my young students. I also used a lot of music in my classroom and I find this extraordinary picture book to be a great choice for teaching both music and language/reading.
*Read A is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet in a story session. Call attention to each instrument as you go through the alphabet.
*Enhance the reading with music recordings of each instrument. An interesting selection for children to listen to that features instruments of the orchestra is the recording of Peter and the Wolf.
*There is a wealth of music vocabulary in the text. Introduce a vocabulary word each day. The text is also written with vocabulary words that will be new to children. Teachers who teach reading can be creative in introducing these words to their students.
*Teachers might like to compile a list of vocabulary words from the text before reading to present to young students. These authors are both renowned poets and their use of vocabulary gives this picture book a very rich text.
*Invite parents who play an instrument from an orchestra to the classroom. many communities also have a community orchestra. Invite several members of your community orchestra to visit your classroom with their instruments.
*The letter "W" offers advice to parents and teachers who want to introduce their children to the orchestra. "W" is for "written" and "wonder" and the suggestion is to introduce children to music from a living composer. Collect recordings from several composers who are curently writing music for orchestras.
*Compile a list of the vocabulary words from the story that are part of a musician's world. Introduce these musical terms as part of a music lesson.
*Take a class poll of a favorite orchestral instrument from each student. Why do they like their favorite instrument?
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