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Perpetuum Jazzile performed this. Amazing and it would be a great "engagement" and "hook" for any lesson on the weather. Maybe even get your students to try it! I was reminded by a teacher recently about this video - she saw an instructor do it at their camp.

Tags: camp, choir, listening, storm, weather
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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 16, 2009 at 7:30am
David, are you reposting videos that were previously embedded from other sites? I know I have responded to this one before- it had to be here! Anyway, here is a simplified rainstorm to do with the kids:

RAINSTORM

Sit in a circle. Tell the kids no talking during this activity, and explain that there is no need to hurry… let the sounds travel slowly around the circle.

Start the first action and send it around the circle, follow-the-leader style. When the movement comes back around to you, begin the second action and so on until all of the actions have gone around the circle:

1. Rub your hands together

2. Snap your fingers

3. Slap your thighs (alternately, like rain drops)

4. Stomp your feet

5. Slap your thighs

6. Snap your fingers

7. Rub your hands together

8. Silence

Really fun... you can tell them they are going to make a rainstorm, or talk about what the sounds made you think of afterward.

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Comment by ddeubel on December 16, 2009 at 9:07am
You are right Ellen but I searched and searched! Anyways, decided to post not as an embed, so we can keep this one. It's a keeper... It would be super fun to try as a teacher but I don't know if I'm that good with this physical (and musical) stuff?????
Comment by Cristina Milos on December 16, 2009 at 9:26am
I remember this video! Awesome! You can also focus on CREATIVITY - play the sound only, ask them to think of words related to it, then show it! I bet they would be surprised to see the people!

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 16, 2009 at 9:48am
Oh David, soo easy... and 100% successful! Just remember, alternate sides as you do each motion... what I mean is snap one finger, then the other (not both at the same time), same thing with all the movements. Kids are just wowed by being able to make a rainstorm. I've done it with kindergarten and fourth with equal success, and I probably could have done it with my GED students, but I didn't think of it (they would have put up with me, they knew I was just a big kid).

I'd do the activity before I showed the video, I think... definitely. The kids get a real sense of, "wow, we created that sound together"... don't want to rob them of that feeling before they get to do it themselves.

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Comment by ddeubel on December 16, 2009 at 10:10am
The kids get a real sense of, "wow, we created that sound together"... don't want to rob them of that feeling before they get to do it themselves.

Good point! That "wow " factor is essential for all learning. I really love it when teachers give students a feeling of success. Even better, shared success - that's what causes a STORM!!!

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Comment by ddeubel on January 7, 2010 at 11:02am
Here's another video that would be great for teaching seasons and the weather! I also love the sounds in it.


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Comment by George Swen on January 7, 2010 at 11:53am
Yes, beautiful:-) Have you seen his video One year in 40 seconds? Also nice, more like a painting.
And I am fond of Norway, it is a God's country...

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Comment by ddeubel on January 7, 2010 at 12:28pm
Yeah George, I remember. You introduced me to that one.

Reminds me of an experimental photographer who took a picture in the exact location every day for a year. He then invited guests for a 7 min video of it all! I have to see if that is online anywhere, it was about 20 years ago. Amazing kind of art.

Oh, about Norway - not just the country but the people too! Any place where you can meet the King out on a ski within the city limits and even have a short chat with him -- is beyond belief, godly.

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