Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, Movement Activities, Sign Language, Singing, Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Songs!

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Students in first and second grade have been singing Thanksgiving songs!  We all love The Turkey Woogie.   Second graders also got a kick out of “The Gobble Song”…. a song from a turkey’s point of view!  We also sing a song called “Demos Gracias” which means “give thanks.”  We use sign language in this song as well….. so we are singing in THREE different languages!  English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.   Check out the “lyrics” page of the blog for the words and some of the signs!

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Posted in 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Movement Activities, Parachute Activities, Singing, Thanksgiving Activities

Verse vs. Chorus

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Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade used our parachute to show the difference between the “verses” and the “chorus” in one of our favorite Thanksgiving songs, “Mashed Potatoes”!  Everyone loves this lesson, and the parachute gets all the students to really sing out.  Maybe because, as one fifth grader explained the phenomenon, it “the parachute makes us feel jolly!”

Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, Classical Music, Movement Activities, Scarves

Legato and Staccato

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Students in second grade reviewed the terms legato (smooth and connected) and staccato (short and choppy), and learned a new music vocabulary word: slur.  A slur is a symbol that looks like an arch, and tells you to connect your notes and sing (or play) legato.  We sang a song called Legato Staccato, and then we used scarves to show staccato movements and legato movements while listening to The Syncopated Clock composed by Leroy Anderson.   We also discussed the structure of the piece: ABACA, with a coda at the end.  They love this one!