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Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekly Review 1/20-1/23

In first grade, students continued to learn about Sergei Prokofiev's fairytale, "Peter and the Wolf" by finishing a listening map activity.   Each part of the map included a fun activity, such as drawing the different characters and identifying different instruments. Next week we will be making our very own, "Peter and the Wolf" book! Here is list of all the character in the fairytale. Each character in the story represents an instrument and has a musical theme:

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

Common Woodwind Family Instruments:

Common String Family Instruments:
Double Bass

Next week we will be reviewing the four instrument families through an interactive game! We also revisited a fun song from first grade called, "A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea..." Here is Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Farrand's class singing and performing one of the movements from the song:

The third grade students had an exciting visit from four members of the Lexington Symphony Orchestra to prepare for next week's field trip! Here are some pictures and videos from this special time:
Lexington Symphony
Don't forget that our field trip to the Burlington High School to see the Lexington Symphony performance will be next THURSDAY, JAN. 29th!

Our fourth and fifth graders are beginning their composition unit!  We reviewed all the different note values from our recorder unit in third grade- quarter note, quarter rest, half note, and an eighth note pair.  For our fifth graders, we added a half rest. With their partners, our fourth grade students had to compose an "ABA" form. Our fifth graders had chose their partners and composed a "ABACABA" also known as Rondo form. Next week we will finish our compositions and add percussion instruments.

In chorus, both grade levels began learning a sweet patriotic partner song called, "Land that We Love." It contains a famous song that almost everyone knew by memory called, "America the Beautiful." We also learned a fun swing and jazz arrangement called, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." It is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington with lyrics written by Irving Mills.  The students had a great time learning about the origin of jazz and getting into this song by snapping their fingers as they sang!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend! Please stay warm as it snows on Saturday!

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