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Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekly Review 1/12 - 1/16

Happy Friday!

This week, the first grade students finished their fun game from last week- "Doggie, Doggie!"  Some students disguised their voices to make it trickier for the dog to guess who stole the bone.  We also started our new unit based on Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf."  "Peter and the Wolf" is a story and musical piece by the Russian composer.  We read the book first, then started a listening map in the second class.  As the students listened to the story and orchestral music (narrated by Patrick Stewart), they completed the activities in each box.  We will be finishing this activity next week!

The second graders also started a new unit on instrument families.  The four main instrument families are: brass, woodwind, string, and percussion. This week the students learned about the percussion and brass families.  To get their bodies moving (especially since we have been having indoor recess all week!), the students danced to the fiddle tune, "Soldier's Joy."  Check it out:

The third graders are preparing for our visit from members of the Lexington Symphony.  We reviewed all of the instruments of the orchestra, as well as the families they belong to.

**Reminder to all 3rd Grade Parents- our field trip to see the orchestra perform will be Thursday, January 29th**

In preparation for our recorder unit, the students have been playing fun games to review music notation.  It's been a lot of fun!

The fourth and fifth graders completed their unit on building and playing chords.  They also used the tone chimes to play a chordal accompaniment to Auld Lang Syne.  You can watch videos of them playing in class by clicking here and here.

In chorus, the students started learning the songs for their Spring Concert.  The theme is "America the Beautiful."  We have an exciting program planned, and we are certain you will love it!   The Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 13th.  Please mark your calendars!

We hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

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