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Friday, November 1, 2013

Weekly Review 10/28 - 11/1

Good morning, and Happy Friday!  For those of you who celebrate Halloween, I hope you had a safe (and delicious) holiday yesterday!  Here's what we did in music this week:

The first grade students continued to work on their decoding skills.  It is super tricky, and it might take them a while to get the hang of it, but I appreciate the effort the students put into it.  They also finished their "Autumn Leaves" activity with the scarves, and practiced rhythmic notation. They learned a new song about bats called "Flap and Fly," and they even decorated their own bats to use during the game!  It was a lot of fun!

I read a book to my second graders called "Old Devil Wind," about the sounds you might hear in an old home.  We paired each sound to a percussion instrument so that we could add sound effects to the story!  I will be posting the recordings next week! :)

The third graders sang the "13 Days of Halloween" in a minor tonality, and some students helped with the lyrics by holding up posters at the appropriate time during the song.  They also had a Halloween Sing-Along, and sang some favorite spooky tunes from first, second, and third grade.  It was a blast!

The fourth grade students are so close to being ready for next Friday's Veteran's Day assembly.  They have been learning the songs for each branch of the military, and are excited to perform for the school.

The fifth graders watched a clip from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to prepare for their new chorus song.  You can watch it on our blog here!  They also learned about an amazing tone poem by Camille Saint-Saëns called "Danse Macabre."  Please check out my last blog post if you have not read about it already!

The students in chorus started learning their last song that we will be preparing for the Winter Concert (December 11th).  Fifth graders are working on "What's This" from the Nightmare Before Christmas, and the fourth graders will be singing "Hot Chocolate" from the Polar Express.

I hope you have an awesome weekend!

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