Drumming from the Heart

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Mathematics
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Arts
Focus Question 

 What gifts of time, talent, and treasure can I give to meet the needs of another person? 

 

Photo Credit:  Aliens 11 by Aaron Cutler Memorial Library is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The purpose of this lesson is to have students identify the shared gifts in the folktale, "The Drum" and make drums using different recyclable containers and colorful craft supplies. Students visit a local preschool or retirement facility of their choosing to read aloud a book they wrote and illustrated about generous giving. They share a drumming performance and give the drums and books as gifts.

Service Experience 
The learners share their talents with another group, such as a Head Start preschool, who would benefit from literacy experience or social interaction. They write a class story (a retelling of "The Drum") and make drums. Each student shares his or her reading talent with an individual from the other group and gives the completed book and drum as a gift.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Drumming from the Heart
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Students make drums using different recyclable containers and colorful craft supplies. They write a class story to retell the story of "The Drum." Each student colors a printout of the story to share with a younger child. They decide with whom (for example, a local Head Start preschool) they will share their talent of reading the story and giving away their homemade drum.

Unit: 
Drumming from the Heart
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Students visit a local preschool or retirement facility of their choosing to read aloud a book they wrote and illustrated about generous giving. They share a drumming experience and give the drums and books as gifts. When they return to class, they reflect on the impact the experience had on them and the people they visited.