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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Weekly Review- 10/1-10/5

We can't believe it is October already! Here is what we did in music this week:

This week, the first graders reviewed the Loose Tooth chant, then switched their body percussion movement to hand percussion accompaniment!
  • "Loose Tooth" clapping = hand drum
  • "Wiggly Jiggly" patting = guiro
  • "Thread," Bed," "Head" snapping = triangle
Here is Mrs. Gearin's class performing, "Loose Tooth"

They also learned a new song called, "Apple Tree" to celebrate the autumn season.  One student was the apple tree, and the other students held hands as they walked past him/her.  At the end of the song, each apple tree dropped a folded bandana (the apple) onto the head of one of the students!  That student became the new apple tree, and the song was sung again! We will continue to play this game next week.

The second graders extended their activity with the song "I'm a Nut" by adding instruments (rhythm sticks) and composing new verses.  Below are some of the lyrics they came up with:

Please visit I'm a Nut  to watch videos of some of the students singing their verses!

Third grade students had so much fun playing, "Four White Horses" that we performed the clapping routine again. In third grade, the students sang a song from Uganda called Dipidu.  There is an A section and a B section, each with a different meter!  The A section is in 3, and the B section is in 2.  To help feel this change, we added movement.   Then, we played an elimination game along with the song - it was awesome!  The third graders also completed Venn Diagram to compare and contrast two pieces by Beethoven:  Sonata in G and Moonlight Sonata.

Our fourth grade students continued playing the cup game. We played different variations of the cup routine. Here is Mrs. Gonzalez performing the routine with their eyes closed.

The fifth graders reviewed the cup song"I've Been to Harlem." It does not have the same rhythm as the cup routine, so it can be a little tricky to do at the same time.  Mrs. Burns and Ms. Conceison's class had the opportunity to try the funcup routine to accompany Edward Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King.  Here is Mr Rabazzi's and Mrs. Warford's class performing the cup routine with their eyes closed:

In chorus, both grade levels continued learning "Hot Chocolate" and "The First Footprints." Here is Mrs. Burns and Mr. Rabazzi's class singing their vocal warm ups:

We hope you all have wonderful long weekend!!!


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