CLASSROOM - Kazoos

Classroom - Kazoos - January 2020

CLASSROOM – Kazoos

National Kazoo Day challenges students to learn, improvise, and relax with this clever instrument. First off, the kazoo is easy to play. All you need to know how to do is hum! Get humming in the classroom by playing kazoos!

Generally, kazoos are an inexpensive addition to a classroom. And while some may think they’re for the younger of students, you might find that kazoos can teach us all a few lessons, no matter our age.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Gather up some kazoos for the classroom and take a look at our projects. You might find students humming their way through their lessons!

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THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

Kazoos to the ready in the classroom! The kazoo is a small and simple device. Check out this week’s projects and ideas. Then have a kazoo concert!

  • First up, we have a Kazoo Hidden Picture. Find the 8 kazoos in this image. We’ve provided a key, too.Classroom - Kazoo hidden picture
  • Learn how the kazoo works. There are two ways to approach this. First, take apart a kazoo and reverse engineer the design. Another way is to build your own. Follow the instructions on Scientific American to learn more.
  • Of course, the kazoo is a musical instrument. The best way to experience the kazoo is by playing one. While simple songs work well with a kazoo, more advanced musicians may take on the challenge of more complex compositions. Encourage students to step away from intense studying or stressful situations by using the kazoo. Music is known to relieve stress. Since the kazoo uses humming and controlled breathing, it’s an excellent way for students to refocus when exams, busy schedules, or other stressors build up in their lives.