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African Music

At the beginning of our inquiry, the children expressed interest in making instruments.  We decided to make two types of musical shakers.  The first shaker we made used paper cups, different types of beads and popcorn kernels.  The children experimented with sound by placing the different items in the shaker to produce different sounds.  The children were able to identify that placing the various items in the cups different sounds were created.

The second shaker  made used a balloon and popcorn kernels.  The children used newspaper and a flour paste to papier mache the balloons.  Once the balloons dry, the shakers will be decorated.

Continuing with our inquiry into music around the world, we listened and danced to music from Angola.  The children were able to identify  the sounds of the African drums and shakers by listening to the


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