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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Weekly Review 9/14-9/18

Wow! We completed our first full week of school and had so much fun in music. Here is what we learned in each grade:

This week, the first graders finished the "Chicka- Chicka- Boom Boom" name game chant and reviewed the song, "Welcome Back."  Mrs. Rzasa and I are still trying to learn every first graders name so please be patient with us! The song was a lot of fun because we sang and performed the actions in different tempos (the speed of the song)  and used different dynamics (volume- forte and piano).  We also learned a song and game called, "Lucy Locket." One person is Lucy (he/she hides the pocket book in the room) and another person Kitty Fisher (finds the pocket). The rest of the students play an important role in this song/game because they help Kitty Fisher find the pocket by how loud or quiet they sing the song. We will continue this game next week!

Second grade students finished playing "Grizzly Bear" and learned the song "Ickle Ockle." What does "Ickle Ockle" mean? NOTHING! After learning the song we played the game. One person was the "Ickle Ockle" and had to give another friend a "high five" after the song ended. The other students have to find another friend to give a "high five" too. The last student without a partner becomes the new "Ickle Ockle." We also learned a fun new song called, "I'm a Nut!" We then got into groups and composed our new lyrics. Stay tuned for our performances next week!

The third graders finished the "Thread Follows the Needle" song and activity that they started last week.  The class was lined up in two rows, and each row had a child designated as the needle, a child as the knot, and the rest all held hands to make up the thread!  The needle led the thread in and out (and under the arms of their classmates) to create cross stitches as they sang!  It was so much fun!   In addition, we started to learn an awesome calypso song called "Four White Horses." It is a 3rd grade favorite! Next week we will learn the hand routine.

Fourth played a fun cup game. We learned the steps very slowly, but will be picking up the tempo next week.  In addition, they had their first "official" chorus rehearsal!

Fifth graders learned a new cup game routine that went along with Grieg's famous composition, "In the Hall of the Mountain King." It was so much fun that we will continue to practice this routine next week.

In chorus, we continued to sing our fun warm-up, "One Bottle of Pop," and download all of our concert songs.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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