Posted in 4th and 5th Grade, Instrument Activities, Pop Music, Singing, Spring Activities, Ukulele

5th Graders Rock the Ukulele

This year’s fifth graders have been practicing hard for their big performance at the upcoming 5th Grade Farewell, where they will be playing and singing Count on Me by Bruno Mars.  We have also been playing Kumbaya, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, One Bottle of Pop, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  We have some very talented musicians here at West!


Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Pop Music, Read-a-thon, Singing

Read-a-thon Song Practice

Our West Read-a-thon will be kicking off soon!  The theme will be The World Cup, and our official West World Cup Read-a-thon Song will be…..


This song is sung to the tune of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, from the movie Despicable Me 2.   We will be singing this song as a school at our Read-a-thon assembly in June.  Don’t forget to practice!  You can listen to it by clicking here:

Posted in 4th and 5th Grade, Group Activities, Pop Music

5th Grade Music Video Project

Fifth graders at West have been busy making music videos here at West!  We are using iPads and the apps Videostar and Recording Lite to make the videos.  Many of the students are familiar with Videostar, an app in which you can film yourself, using all sorts of filters, lip-syncing to your favorite songs on the radio.  We have taken it a few steps further though!  Each group was able to pick a school appropriate pop song, change the lyrics to the song, learn to sing their “new version” of the song, and then record themselves singing the song using the app Recording Lite and instrumental tracks that are easily found on youtube!  Recording Lite was necessary, because unlike other recording apps, anything you record in Recording Lite can be opened in Videostar.  Some student work will be uploaded soon!

Project Directions look like this:

Music Video Directions

Here is our checklist:

Music Video Checklist

Here is the Videostar Directions Worksheet (double sided):

Videostar Directions 1

Videostar Directions 2