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Wonder Dash Robot Solfege Practice

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Keywords: Wonder Dash robot, solfege, music, decoding, coding
Subject(s): Technology, Music
Grades 2 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: St Rita School, Hamden, CT
Planned By: Polina Mann
Original Author: Polina Mann, Hamden
Here are the guidelines:
1) Have students practice listening to the teacher sing solfege syllables so, mi, la and do. Then have them echo sing as well as use Curwen hand signs when echoing the teacher.
2) Have students take out laminated musical staff paper and bingo chips. Sing solfege patterns using these syllables to the students, and have them notate these patterns on the staff paper with the bingo chips.
3) Introduce the Wonder Dash Robot with the xylophone extension. Using the Xylo Wonder app, code musical solfege patterns (using the syllables mentioned above) that the robot will play for the students, and have them notate what the robot is playing on their musical staves using bingo chips.
4) Have the students break into groups of 2-3 with their musical staves and bingo chips. Hand out one iPad and one Wonder Dash robot with the xylophone extension per group. Show students how to pair the app with the extension, and teach them how to code these patterns with the notes so, mi, do and la into the app. Have students take turns with one person being the coder and the other person/people in the group decoding their pattern. Try to have the students not show what they are coding, so that the other group members can decode by listening to what is being played.

Once students are comfortable doing this, have them try other solfege syllables as well. Have fun!
This lesson may take several weeks of lessons to fully implement from learning to sing, decode and notate to then code these patterns on the Wonder Dash robot.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This can be used in technology class during the coding unit to learn about how music is a code and that knowing this code can lead to successful reading, singing and analysis of music.
Once students have become comfortable with coding in small groups, have a student come up and lead the entire class in decoding patterns that they tell the Wonder Dash robot to play.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Ports and Hubs, Early Composition
Other Items: 15 iPads , $250 each, total of $3750.00
15 Wonder Dash Robot , $149 each, total of $2235.00
15 Wonder Dash Xylophone Extension , $39.99 each, total of $599.85
Wonder Dash Xylo App, $Free each
Laminated Musical Staves , $Free each
1 Bingo Chips (price per bag), $12.99 each, total of $12.99