Kindergarten students completed a melodic pre-assessment this week. This assessment will be used to track each Kindergarten student's progress on the melodic skill high/low throughout the school year. As students were assessed one-on-one, students enjoyed learning about the instruments of the orchestra through a video entitled Oscar's Orchestra. Students also began learning a song called Lucy Locket this week. This song has a 'hot'/'cold' game which enables the students to practice their loud and quiet singing voices. Additionally,students were introduced to a fun instrument called a vibraslap. Students used this instrument in a chant called Old Mrs. Witch, which enabled students to explore how their voice can go up and down just like flying. Lastly, students enjoyed singing a song called Little Ghostie. In this song, students created a ghost out of a tissue and echoed patterns by singing "ooooo."
First grade students learned a song called What Will You Be? This song gave students the opportunity to play a steady beat on bass xylophones as well as act out many spooky Halloween creatures. Students reviewed the rhythm to Spider, Spider Legs and All by playing short sounds (eighth notes) on rhythm sticks and long sounds (quarter notes) on drums. Students also reviewed the song and game to Witch, Witch and then placed witches onto a two-line music staff to show the contour of the song. Lastly, students enjoyed a movement activity to Edvard Grieg's composition In the Hall of the Mountain King. Students pretended to sneak into the mountain king's cave. As the music grew faster and louder, students realized that the mountain king knew they were there! We ducked behind rocks and eventually jumped out of the cave to safety!
Second grade students began to feel a half note pulse by bouncing tennis balls to the chant Trick or Treat. Students also practiced singing and signing sol and mi by decoding short patterns sung by the teacher. Students decoded the melody to Witch, Witch using the interactive white board and then sang the song using sol and mi. Students reviewed the song Must Be Halloween and read an eight beat rhythmic pattern on the white board. Students played eighth notes on rhythm sticks and quarter notes on drums. Students enjoyed creating a Halloween story to Hungarian Dance #3 by Johannes Brahms. Students began by listening to the composition while the teacher pointed to a form outline. The students were told that the A section represents trick-or-treaters going trick-or-treating, but that they must listen and fill in the rest of the story. The students created their own ideas for the B and C sections and then divided themselves into small groups to create actions and movements for each section. We then performed the whole piece with all of the student's ideas in place! The students also enjoyed having a chance to play the gong along with a picture book entitled Scary, Scary Halloween.
|The Hungarian Dance #3 story created by Mrs. Ulin's class.|
|Students singing the do-re-mi patterns to decode the song Closet Key.|
|Students checking their work.|
|Students working with their partners.|
|Students have created a staircase with their music 'dominoes'.|
|These students created a diamond using their music 'dominoes'.|