Challenge students to imagine, design, create, and share a musical instrument that they can play as part of a special celebration.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, and social awareness.
Engage students in a discussion by asking the following questions:
Introduce students to the project: using the Engineering Design Process to create a musical instrument that can be played during their celebration!
Use this video to introduce students to the five steps of the Engineering Design Process, which are:
Ask students to work on their musical instruments, and display the slideshow below to guide them through the process. Distribute materials that they can use to build their instruments, such as rubber bands, cardboard boxes, metal cans, and beads.
Once students have created their musical instruments, share their projects with your Empatico partner class! For example, you might exchange photos or videos of students’ instruments, or facilitate a live virtual exchange and invite both classes to a joint musical celebration.
Encourage students to describe the process of designing their instruments, and share about the holiday or festival that they created their instruments for. Remind them to practice curiosity and kindness to carefully listen to each other, and ask thoughtful questions to learn more about each other’s traditions, cultures, and communities.
Afterward, invite students to share about their favorite holidays, and any new holidays that they’ve learned about, in this community Padlet board.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:
This activity was created in partnership with Engineering is Elementary.