Now that we have some masks off, I'm starting to see some toothless grins......so cute. We learned this poem and added body percussion and instruments to the shaded words.
All Day Long is a song we sang to help us practice steady beat.
v1. Heart keeps a-beating, all day long. Beating and repeating, all day long. All day long...all day long. And I keep a-singing, all day long. (pat hand on chest)
v2. I keep a-breathing, all day long. Spider keeps a-weaving, all day long. All day long...all day long. And I keep a-singing, all day long. (rub open palms together)
v3. Clock keeps a-ticking, all day long. Ticking and a-clicking, all day long. All day long...all day long. And I keep a-singing, all day long. (snap fingers)
v4. Rain falls on Sunday, all day long. Rains again on Monday, all day long. All day long...all day long. And I keep a-singing, all day long. (tap fingers on head, table or floor)
We demonstrated loud and quiet through movement and games. First graders will enjoy showing their listening skills moving to Johann Strauss's Radetsky's March.
It's past Halloween but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy guessing these Halloween sounds. Have fun!
First grade was all about spiders this session. It's so fun to watch first graders work so hard to get the finger play going. (It's challenging!) Have them show you while they sing along with this sweet version of Itsy Bitsy Spider by Carley Simon. We also practiced keeping a steady beat with Little Richard's Itsy Bitsy Spider. Hang on!
In addition to experiencing same/different and demonstrating steady beat, the students had fun learning the names of some of the unpitched instruments found in our music classroom by putting together Willie Drum (Aiken's brother) while they were singing about him. Each class was creative in their interpretation of what Willie looked like!
Mr Decker's class
Ms Petrini's class
Ms Gearheart's class
Ms McGibbonen's class