Friday, March 23, 2012

3rd Grade Music Program - Coming Next Week!

Final details on the 3rd grade music program:
Date: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Time: 1:30PM performance for the student body (visitors welcome)
         7:00PM performance for families and friends
Call Time: Students are asked to report to the MUSIC ROOM by 6:45PM.
Dress: Please have students wear nice dress clothes. No jeans, please, if possible. Students need to keep in mind that they must be able to dance in the shoes they wear, however. This is very important!

The students have been working very hard and are extremely excited to perform for you.  Don't miss these special performances!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Fourth Grade Instrument Project 2012

Fourth Graders are studying the science of sound and how it relates to instruments. All instruments can be classified scientifically one of four ways, based on how their sound is produced: Chordophones (vibration of strings), Aerophones (vibration of air), Membranophones (vibration of skin), or Idiophones (vibration of self).

Students have the assignment of constructing an instrument of their own, must be able to identify their instrument's scientific classification, and must complete written directions for the construction of their instrument. All instruments and written directions are due on the following days for each class:

Wharton: Monday, March 12th, 2012
Rankin: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Hale: Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Students will be given time in music class to browse information on instrument construction as well as make notes for their ideas. In addition, the following websites have wonderful ideas to assist in this project:
How to make an African Drum
Artists Helping Children
E-How videos on instrument construction
How Stuff Works
Busy Bee Kids Crafts
Making Musical Instruments on
Mudcat Kids
Family Crafts from
Family Fun instrument crafts Homemade instruments

I hope this list is helpful! AND I can't wait to see what instruments make their way into my room in the next weeks! Good Luck!

Congratulations Pancake Day Singers!

Thanks to all the Fifth Graders who performed at Pancake Day this past weekend.  And thanks also to their family members who came out to support us!  It was wonderful to see smiling faces in the audience.  Job well done!  :)