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Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekly Review 1/14 - 1/18

This week, the first grade students continued learning about Peter and the Wolf.  We followed a listening map which visually shows each section of the song.  Each part of the map included a fun activity, such as drawing the different characters, identifying instruments or describing the music as happy or sad.  Our maps will be a part of our Peter and the Wolf Books which we will start to make next week!

The second graders learned two new instrument families this week:  the brass family and the woodwind family.

Common Brass Family Instruments:
French Horn

Common Woodwind Family Instruments:

The recorder, which students will play next year as 3rd graders, is also a woodwind instrument!

The third graders had an awesome time at their field trip to the Lexington Symphony on Wednesday!  Thank you to the parent chaperones- we hope you enjoyed the concert too.  Next week I will write a post including photos and more information about the trip!  The students also reviewed their music notation this week by playing fun games on our classroom floor staff.

Fourth and fifth grade students both worked on a song for the New Year, "Auld Lang Syne."  The song is traditionally sung on New Year's Day, at midnight (for those of us watching on TV, it's right after the ball drops!)  The song reminds us to remember our old friends and fond memories as we approach the new year.  The song sounded great as we sang it, but sounded even better with chordal accompaniment.  We used our new chord-building skills to play three different chords on the tone chimes.  Next week we will practice it a bit more, then record our performance!

In chorus the students reviewed songs we started last week ("The Wind" for fifth grade and "Rhythm of the Rain" for fourth), then started a new one about 3 of the elements.

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