Dates to Remember:
Christmas Concert– Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00pm in the St. Mary’s Church
Catholic Schools Week- Sunday, January 27th at 10:30am Mass in Bird Island
Saturday, February 2nd at 5:00pm Mass in Olivia
Spring Concert– Thursday, March 28th at 7:00pm in the school gym
1st Communion– Sunday, May 5th at 10:30am Mass in Bird Island
Graduation- Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm in the St. Marys Church
Christmas Concert Resources
November 12-November 20
The Kindergarten and 5thgrade students will be leading our Thanksgiving Mass this week!
The Children’s Choir will be singing at Mass!
On Tuesday we will be completing a rhythm Smart-Notebook activity with the poem, “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater.”
On Thursday, we will be completing an activity using some Thanksgiving Rhythms.
Friday we will learning a Thanksgiving Song that using some sign language.
Next Tuesday, we will be reading and singing about “Super Turkey” and reviewing our Thanksgiving Song from last Friday.
We are going to start the week by completing the Music Express Rockin’ Rhythm Reading Lesson #2. This will prep the students for the composition on Wednesday. This activity will have the students compose 2 different rhythms and play the rhythms with another student.
Towards the end of the week we will be learning the German non-sense song, “Mein Hut.” We will learn to pronounce the German lyrics, some new vocabulary words, actions and define and explore what triple meter is.
We are starting to learn some more Christmas songs this week and review the ones we have started already. The goal by the end of the week is to have learned four songs from our Christmas Concert.
Next week on Monday, we will be completing a Thanksgiving Rhythm Activity and a Thanksgiving Song using sign language. On Tuesday, we will review the Christmas songs we have learned so far.
3rdgrade and 4thgrade
Students will start the week by learning about the different branches of the Armed Forces. This will include the different official songs, history, mottos and colors.
3rdgrade will also learn the German non-sense song, “Mein Hut.” We will learn to pronounce the German lyrics, some new vocabulary words, actions and define and explore what triple meter is.
4thgrade will have recorders on Tuesday and Friday for music.
On band days the students will completing a Google Expedition with the VR googles and explore the career of military musician.
On non-band days the students will be learning about the instruments found in an orchestra and completing an instrument workbook.
The students will completing a Google Expedition with the VR googles and explore the career of military musician. Praise Team is also preparing to sing for mass on December 6th.
The 6thgraders will also start an orchestra instrument family project. We will start by learning about the instruments in each section.
The 7thand 8thgraders will also start the Garage Band Unit with their iPads by starting a composition using pre-made tracks and adding loops.
4th GRADE RECORDER INFORMATION
We have recently started our Recorder Unit in Music Class. I use a curriculum called Recorder Karate and each time a student masters a song, he or she will have earned a belt for that song.
Usually, I would listen to students in class to assess, but since this is a larger class I would like to try a different form of assessment in order to be better utilize my time in the classroom with the students. I have created a Google Voice account with the phone #320-365-1105. When a student feels ready to test for a belt he or she will call this number and leave a voicemail:
“Hello, Mrs Strandberg. This is (student name) testing on (song name).” The student then proceeds to play the song he or she wishes to test on that day.
Here are some play-along tracks for the students to practice with on their Recorder Karate songs!
If the above links are not working, this youtube.com video may help the students practice as well.