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Start with a Book

Ricky Rocket

Books and activities for summer reading and learning from Reading Rockets

Start With a Book: Books and activities for summer reading and summer learning

Tune In Toolkit: Video and Audio

Day 1: Music in our lives

Activity 1: Music Helps Us Celebrate — Music Mural


“¡Olé! ¡Olé! ¡Olé! ¡Olé!”

Activity 2: Music Influences How We Feel — Soundtracks


Activity 3: Music Sells — Commercial Jingles


Three Jingles

Day 2: Creating our own music

Activity 1: Making Music with Our Bodies — Hambone


Activity 2: Making Music with a Group — Creating and Conducting Our Orchestra


Voice Orchestra with Kids

Activity 3: Making Music with Words — Writing Song Parody Lyrics


Vocal Warm Up

Activity 4: Making Music with Words — Writing Rap Lyrics


Day 3: Music makers and musical styles

Activity 1: Music Comes from Many People — Overcoming Obstacles


Activity 2: Music Comes in Many Styles — Move, Draw, and Write to Music


Different Musical Genres

Activity 3: Music Comes from Many People — Designing a Famous Musician’s Album Cover


Day 4: Connecting to each other with music

Activity 1: Music Is a Conversation — Call and Response Singing and Playing


Activity 2: Music Makes us Dance Together — Popular Group Dances


Activity 3: Music Lifts our Spirits — Music Experiment


Day 5: Changing our world with music

Activity 1: Music as a Time Capsule


Activity 2: Explore Voices and Songs of Social Change


Activity 3: Music for a Better World


Activity 4: Music for Inner Peace


Every day: Open Mic