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Friday, September 16, 2016

Weekly Review 9/12-9/16

Welcome back to school! We made it through our first full week of school! Congratulations to everyone!

We hope you and your family had a fun and relaxing summer!

To start off the new school year, we did played the game, "Freeze Dance" with every grade level. Here are some pictures:

Here is what we learned in music this week:

The first graders are so excited to have music class this year! We discussed the rules and fun things like BRAVO and Music Superhero, and danced along to a funny song about clapping, jumping, swaying, and freezing.  The students each sang their name as a solo in our "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" activity and chant! Our first graders did so great that we gave each student an egg shaker to sing or speak with their name. Here is a picture of how a Music Bravo  line should look:

Can you believe that our second grade students were jump roping in music this week? We learned a a fun song called, "Skipping Rope Song." Students had to run into the rope when their name was sung and on the last word of the song, they had to jump out. Here are some videos of the students playing singing and playing the game:

We also earned a new song called "Grizzly Bear."  The song explores various dynamics, including pianoforte, and crescendo.  It's tricky to sing loud without screaming, but the students did a lovely job!  There is a game that we played along with the song: one student was a grizzly bear, and one student was a hunter. The hunter sang one line of the song as a solo, and the bear had to guess who it was!  It was fun to identify our classmates by their singing voices.

In third grade, the students played along with one of my favorite beginning of the year activities- "Hey Children."  The students learned the song first, followed by a clapping routine.  Once the routine was mastered, the clapping routine was transferred to the rhythm sticks so we could play the name game!  It was a lot of fun.

The fourth grade students learned a song called, "Rocky Mountain."  This song explores high and low voices, and was a bit tricky at first!  The song has a hand routine that goes along with it- we did the routine in whole notes (4 beats), half notes (2 beats), quarter notes (1 beat) and eighth notes (1/2 beat).  For the second class this week, we were able to use drums instead of our laps.  EVERY student had a drum to play!  It was fun to play and sing at the same time. Here is Mrs. Gonzalez's class performing the song:

In fifth grade, we sang an African song called "Sansa Kroma."  Ask your 5th grader about the meaning of the song!  Once we learned all of the words, we did a drumming activity similar to the one the fourth graders did with their song. Here is Mrs. Burn's and Mrs. Conceison's class performing the song from Ghana:

The 4th and 5th graders started chorus this week!  First, we got into height order to help everyone find their assigned spots on the risers.  Ask your child what our Winter Concert theme will be for this year! Please save the date! The 2016 Winter Concert that will consist of orchestra, band and chorus will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00pm. We will be sending a letter home next week.

We hope you have a fabulous weekend! It's apple picking season so I am sure many of you will be visiting a farm this month!

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