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Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekly Review 11/14-11/16

I hope everyone enjoyed their nice long weekend!  As a reminder, all song lyrics from class can be found on the right-hand side of the blog under each grade level :)

This week, the first grade students continued the fun Bluebird, Bluebird game from last week!  Different students had the opportunity to pretend they were bluebirds while the class sung.  We reinforced high voice and low voice during "oh, Johnny aren't you tired?"  In the new song "Smells Like Thanksgiving," we thought of and sang about delicious Thanksgiving foods.  Continuing with the holiday spirit, we read "Over the River and Through the Woods," then sang the song.  As an added treat, we also learned some sign language to perform on the words "over," "through," "grandfather," "horse," "sleigh," "white," "snow," "wind," "stings," "bites," and "go."

The second graders also sang "Smells Like Thanksgiving," but added Orff accompaniment.  Some students played the glockenspiel, and some played the xylophone. It was a lot of fun!   During the second music class they learned a song called "Five Fat Turkeys" and added 2 spoken ostinato parts. They then transferred those new parts to Orff instruments for our in-class performance!

Third grade students learned a hilarious song called "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven."  It is sung to the familiar tune "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean."  We discussed verse and refrain form, then assigned each verse to a small group of students.  They worked together to come up with movement for their verse, then we performed it together!   Each group sang and performed their verse, then in between we all sang the refrain (also called a chorus) together!  

The older students are now in full Chorus-mode!  As we prepare for our Winter concert (December 12th), please remember to have your students practice the music at home!  All of the lyrics (along with some recordings) can be found on our Chorus Page.   Both fourth grade and fifth grade students have been so focused and dedicated during chorus, and we are so proud of them!  We can't wait to share all of their hard work with everyone at the concert! :)

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