The first graders finished their Turkey Tango game from last week. It was so much fun to see which rhythm feather would be plucked from the Rhythm Turkey, and which dares would be given to us by the Dare Turkey! They also learned about two important music words: verse and refrain. Then they sang "Jingle Bells" and identified which parts of the song are the verse, and what part is the refrain. Some students also learned sign language to accompany some of the words of the song!
The second grade students learned about our new composer for December, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He is a Russian composer who wrote The Nutcracker. Then, they reviewed the March (a song from The Nutcracker that they danced to in first grade). Each student listened carefully to the different themes in the song and moved like soldiers, puppets, and mice! Then, they learned a brand new dance for the Trepak. The students even danced with scarves!
The third graders have started their music notation unit to help prepare them for the recorder. First, they learned about the staff, and then we added the treble clef, time signature, bar lines, double bar line (or repeat sign if desired), and labeled the measures. The students did a wonderful job drawing the treble clef - it can be tricky! Here are some pictures:
The fourth and fifth grade students have been preparing for their December 16th Winter Concert. We can't wait to see you there!