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Friday, November 13, 2015

Weekly Review 11/9-11/13

Although we had a short week in school this week, three days of school did not stop us from having fun in music!

Congratulations to all our 4th grade students who sang so beautifully at our Veteran's Day Assembly! 

Our first graders learned a Thanksgiving song called, " Hello Mr. Turkey How Are You?" Every time we sang the phrase, "hello Mr. Turkey," we had to find a new friend in the room to shake hands with. It was also fun to gobble and wobble like a turkey. We also learned a song called, "Over the River and Through the Woods." It is also a children's classic which we read in class last week. After learning the first verse of the song, the students learned how to sing the song in sign language. Here is Mrs. Panagiotopoulous and Mrs. Farrell's class signing and performing the song:

The second grade students sang "Five Fat Turkeys," then learned two percussion ostinato parts to go along with the song. The ostinato parts were, "Cook- Cook" and "Five-Fat-Tur-keys." An ostinato is a repeated rhythm or a phrase. Each of the students played the ostinato parts either on a xylophone or on a glockenspiel.

The third graders learned a harvest song and sang about pumpkins, autumn breezes, and Thanksgiving! Once they mastered the song ("Pumpkins are Ripe"), they were able to play an ostinato (accompaniment part) on the Orff instruments. They reviewed mallet technique and focused on playing with a steady beat and accurate rhythm. Half the class performed on the Orff instruments while the other half of the class performed an interpretative dance to this song. Here are some performances:

In chorus, our 4th and 5th grade students finished learning Happy Holidays/Auld Lang Syne and Five Favorite Holiday Songs. Please start memorizing your lyrics!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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