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Send Postcards From the Concert
Music can set a mood and tell a story, even when there aren’t any words. In this activity children listen to a musical selection and create a personal response on a postcard to share with a family member or friend. They imagine what they think the composer is trying to tell them through the music and write about their impressions using short phrases or sentences. They then select several short sentences and combine them to create a message for their postcard.
A sentence that contains more than one thought holds more interest for the reader and is a sign of a more mature writer. This activity lets children practice more advanced sentence structures by combining two or more phrases or short sentences. Varied sentences also improve the quality of a longer piece of writing, such as an essay or a report. Once children get the hang of it, they’ll enjoy seeing how many combinations they can create.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan “A Musical Prompt: Postcards From the Concert.”