During the week of the Solar Eclipse, we read a story called Dear Sun, Dear Moon. We improvised on Glockenspiels in C pentatonic to Twinkle, Twinkle and did creative movement to Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles.
The students have been working on sound and silence using these movement activities as well as counting, keeping a steady beat and tempo.
Here are some pictures from the first grader’s performance of “The Day the Crayons Quit.” They did awesome and sang their little hearts out!
I’ve started using the John Feierabend curriculum more this year and we’ve been working on echoing and using our head voices. I added the puppets for some extra fun and also some Arioso practice where we distinguish between speaking and singing.
These guys love when we move around! We worked on levels, high-medium-low, and I had students choose a level to pose on when the music stopped. We also picked different ways to move like jump, skip, skate, hop, etc.
This week students are working with quarter notes, quarter rests and eighth notes to compose music. Students are using Fruit-Loops to notate rhythms they’ve created onto their worksheet. Students then draw standard notation into their boxes and get to eat a fun treat!
During the month of October, students worked with various unpitched percussion instruments. Unpitched means that the instrument only has one distinct sound and can only play that sound. Students also worked on Xylophones; practicing mallet technique and steady beat. We also read a story about rhythm and different places on your body where you can keep the beat.
Pictured Above: Soprano Glockenspiel, Ratchet, Tambourine, Cow Bell, Triangle, Wood Block, Maraca, Claves, Coconut Shells
The Bass Xylophone
“I Got The Rhythm”