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Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekly Review 11/16 - 11/20

Happy Friday!

This week, the first graders reviewed their fun "Hello Mr. Turkey" activity from last week.  Then, they watched the Marvelous Musical Mansion.  It follows three children who visit a special musical mansion to solve a mystery.  They sing folk songs and familiar rhymes, learn about instruments, and compose a tune.  We will finish the video next week!

The second grade students finished the "5 Fat Turkeys" song.  They played two different ostinato patterns on the Orff Instruments:  metallophone, glockenspiel, and xylophone.  They also reviewed their mallet technique so that the accompaniment would sound beautiful!  For their second music class, they learned about a popular dance style called the tango.  They played the Turkey Tango game which helped them review how to read rhythms.

Third grade students learned about verse and refrain form while singing a hilarious song called "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven"(to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean").  There are 5 verses in this song, and each was assigned to a different group of students.  The groups acted out and sang their verse in front of the class.   When we got to the refrain (also called a chorus), the whole class sang together!  Check out the videos from Mrs. Kipp and Mrs. Gerry's classes:

The fourth and fifth graders have been working hard to prepare for our December 16th concert.  They finished learning all chorus songs, and now we will be memorizing the lyrics!  Students may practice at home by using THIS LINK.  We also auditioned the students who are interested in the solo parts - they all did an amazing job!  In addition, the fifth graders played the Turkey Tango game, reviewed some tricky music terminology, and finally watched the video for the haunting orchestral piece, Danse Macabre.

We hope you have an awesome weekend!

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