The theme of Barn Dance, a great selection from our Reading Rainbow DVDs, teaches that good music and great dancing makes us feel happy. This Reading Rainbow episode focuses on foot-stomping bluegrass music as an original American genre.
Barn Dance tells the tale of a young boy, unable to sleep, who follows the sound of music across the fields and finds an unusual barn dance going on.
As with all Reading Rainbow DVDs, LeVar brings the story to life with some lessons along the way. In Barn Dance, he takes viewers to the hilltops of Tennessee for a look at bluegrass music and dancing. Clogging is featured, as well as other musical instruments used by real bluegrass musicians. Students also learn how a fiddle maker creates an instrument from beginning to end.
Reading Rainbow episodes on DVD make learning fun and reinforce concepts taught in the classroom. Check out Barn Dance to enhance your musical curriculum.
More about this Reading Rainbow DVD:
Authors: John Archambault and Bill Martin Jr.
Publisher: Henry Holt
Field Trip Segments:
The Craig Duncan Band – Musicians Craig, Billy, Gene and Terry demonstrate their instruments and talk about bluegrass music.
The Fiddle Maker – Gene Horner makes a fiddle, splitting wood, using tools to shape pieces and then finishes the instrument.
Tennessee Cloggers – LeVar learns about clogging, a folk dance tradition. Tennessee Barn Dance – LeVar takes us to a Tennessee barn dance where cloggers are performing.
Half a Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon
I Like the Music by Leah Komaiko
The Old Banjo by Dennis Haseley
Click here for Language Arts Teacher’s Guide
Click here for Theme Lesson Plan -- "On The Farm"
Click here for Parent/Family Activity
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Ideal for Grades: K - 4
Duration: 30 minutes
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