Today I was doing a lesson with my kinder class, and we were listening to the popular children’s book Mortimer, by Richard Munsch . As we were listening to the story, I realized it would be the perfect sound story for doing- at home.
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(For the kindergarteners, I used the lesson from Artie Almeida’s book, Mallet Madness . It’s probably my favorite resource to use at school. Every lesson I have used from the book has been a huge hit. If you are a music teacher, I highly recommend adding it to your collection!)
You can easily turn it into a sound story with your little ones at home, too! First, you want to read the story. Ideally, you would want to read ahead of time so that your kids are familiar with the story before adding instruments. Then, they can be responsible for choosing instruments/sounds to go along with the story.
Here’s a short summary of the story:
Mortimer is a boy who likes to make a lot of noise. While he is busy making noise, he sings a song about the noise he makes. Throughout the story, an assortment of people come upstairs to tell Mortimer to be quiet, but he continues making noise. At the end of the story, he falls asleep.
How to add music to Mortimer
- find a copy of the book Mortimer, by Robert Munsch
- make a list of characters (you can have your kids add new characters, too!)
- create a list of anything else in the story that might use sound (like doors opening)
- pick out instruments, or other materials around the house, to add music
- sing Mortimer’s song (here is the author, Robert Munsch, reading and singing)
- read through the book, adding the instruments for each character and sound
Instrument ideas to tell the story
- slide whistle for going up the stairs or down the stairs
- xylophone or piano
- woodblocks for the footsteps
Found instruments to tell the story
- coffee can drums for footsteps
- pots and pans for Mortimer’s noise
I’d love to hear if you try this at home!