Dates to Remember:
Graduation- Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm in the St. Marys Church
May 20-May 24
We will be reading, “Siku’s Song” and exploring melodic direction and High and Low sounds and learning the song, “In My Heart.”
We will also be reading the book, “Sing.” These books explore the idea that everyone is unique and has their own song to sing.
We will be learning the spanish song, “Arrorro mi Nino.” (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) We will learn some new vocabulary words and work on singing the spanish lyrics. We are also going to create our own accompaniment using xylophones. We are going to read, “Hush, Little Alien.”
We are going to learn how to dance to the Conga! We are going to learn some dance steps and new vocabulary words. We are going to play some of the traditional conga rhythms on percussion instruments.
At the end of the week we are going to learn a song, “This Little Teacher of Mine” (This Little Light of Mine). We will be reading, “Siku’s Song” and exploring melodic direction and High and Low sounds and learning the song, “In My Heart.” This book explore the idea that everyone is unique and has their own song to sing.
Monday will be our last day for ukuleles! We are going to make instruments on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the 3rd grade class will have Talent Day!
On Monday the 4th grade students will be trying out band instruments! Tuesday will be our last class period for playing recorders. On Wednesday and Thursday we are going to make instruments.
We are going to finish learning about the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos with some listening activities and activity sheet. We are going to learn the song, “Play on, My Friend,” which is a song inspired by Villa-Lobos. We are going to learn about accidentals in music and the students will demonstrate by identifying and labeling them in a piece of music.
Students will be preparing for 8th Graduation Mass on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. The students will be meeting at 6:15pm at the front of the church.
Children’s Choir sings for mass on the last day of school!
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.