Lesson 2: Exploring “Five Feet High and Rising”
Aim: How do the musical elements of modulation, verse, and lyrics tell a story in “Five Feet High and Rising?”
Summary: Students recognize modulation between verses and how it is used to visualize lyrics in “Five Feet High and Rising.”
Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio
Standards: GA: ESGMK-2.CR.2; ESGMK-2.PR.3; ESGMK-2.RE.1; ESGMK-2.RE.3; ESGMK-2.CN.1; ESGMK-2.CN.2
SC: MK-2GM.6 MK-2GM.9 MK-2GM.10
Vocabulary: ballad, modulation, verse
Explore the Lyrics in “Five Feet High and Rising”
- “Five Feet High and Rising” is the story of a storm and the flooding thereafter. Listen to “Five Feet High and Rising,” Track 9.
- Discuss the lyrics with your students.
- What kind of place is Anders singing about? Is it in the city or country? How can you tell?
- What happens when there is a storm in the area where you live?
- “Five Feet High and Rising” is a ballad. A ballad is a story that is set to music. Each verse of the song tells a different part of the story.
Sesame Street: Johnny Cash And Biff Sing Five Feet High
Explore Modulation in “Five Feet High and Rising”
- There are four verses in this song. The verses tell the story of a song. Each verse has the same melody but different lyrics.
- In “Five Feet High and Rising” there is a musical change between each verse. Ask your students if they can hear the musical change.
- What change do you hear in the music?
- We are going to listen to the song again. When you hear the change, raise both hands over your head.
- The song is getting higher with each verse. When all of the notes of a song get higher or lower, that is called modulation.
- Listen to the song again and use body movements to show all the modulations:
- First verse: Students put their hands on their knees.
- Second verse: Hands on hips
- Third verse: Hands on shoulders
- Fourth verse: Arms stretched overhead
Create Your Own Ballad
- Using SG17, write your own ballad about what happens in your community when it rains. This can be completed as a class or in small groups.
Literacy Extension: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
Tap Tap Boom Boom is another story about what happens during a thunderstorm—this time in a busy city!
Musical Word Wall
Add ballad, modulation, and verse to the Musical Word Wall.
SG17 ↓ Download File
Musical Explorers Audio Tracks