The last week before winter holidays can be tough for students AND teachers. Lack of sleep, too much candy and the excitement before a well-deserved break. I subscribe to an education blog called "Education Closet" and received an update this week. Here is a link to the article that inspired our "Mannequin Challenge" this week!
What is the "Mannequin Challenge"? Basically it is a video that captures a room full of people frozen like mannequins and put to music. Here is an example from the article above of Michelle Obama with the Cleveland Cavaliers:
Here is our first attempt at the mannequin challenge!
The Grade 5/6 and Grade 7/8 French classes have been working on a guitar song of their choice for the last month. They had to choose a song, create a fret diagram based on the chords in the song, practice the chord changes and then share with me or the class.
P.S. It was PJ Day when these photos were taken!
It is hard to believe it is already December! One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is celebrate the diversity of our school populations by looking at holiday celebrations around the word. There are lots of songs, dances, games and stories that guide this exploration.
Kindergarten - Grade 2: we will be looking at celebrations within our school community and have some fun with the music that makes this time of year so great!
Grade 3-4: Last week, we started working on a traditional Iroquois lullaby, "Ho, Ho, Watanay". We are taking the piece one step further on the barred instruments, by learning how to read music on a musical staff and transfer it to the barred instruments.
Grade 5-6: This week, M. Ingola's class completed their final guitar class with some performances from students. Both French and English 5/6 classes will focus on a study of rhtyhm vs. beat this week. Beat is the steady pulse and rhythm is long or short sounds grouped together.
Grade 7-8: Both French and English classes will complete their guitar unit with final performances and assessment. As a mature student, we are working on how to set goals and improve instrumental skills. For example, if the guitar string is not sounding correctly, how can we fix it? Try pushing down harder on the string, or make sure you are not muting the string with another finger.
Lucky me! I teach arts education to all K-8 students :)