STEAMed Magazine July 2015 - Page 4

JOYFUL NOISE! BY DYAN BRANSTETTER MAKING MUSIC WITH INSECT POETRY Connecting language arts and music through poetry is the most natural integration possible. Here, one classroom teacher shares the beauty of creating a “garden” of voices to learn about insects, performance, and the depth of learning possible when exploring a true musical nature. Throughout my teaching career, I had been waiting for the right class to develop a project for the book Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleishman. When my grade level began homogeneously grouping for Language Arts and I was assigned the advanced learners, I knew my opportunity had arrived. I love this book and the many ways it can be integrated into science and the Arts. The illustratio