Here is a synopsis of what happened in music - instructional Week 9, the fifth and final week of the second semester. With the specials schedule that we have at Gold Rush this year, four weeks equals 1 instructional week in music for all of the students. This post covers the time from April 25 - May 20, 2022.
- Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders had the opportunity to review their music skills in a fun way through Music Olympics this rotation. Students were divided into teams (chosen by 4 captains) and competed in events involving melody and rhythm reading and writing skills. Third graders competed in only team events. Fourth and Fifth graders competed in team events, plus 2 ribbon events. For each event, 3 points were awarded for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place and 1 point for 3rd place. The team with the most points at the end of the week got a team prize in addition to whatever ribbons individuals won. Events were selected from the Treble Clef Spell-It relay, the Treble Clef spell-it ribbon event, Play a Tune by Ear, Name that Tune, Rhythm Roll, Treble Clef Read-It, Dice Scramble, Rhythmic Dictation, Team note naming challenge and Rhythm Grab.
- Kindergarten, First and Second Graders enjoyed singing - (1st and 2nd) getting to choose from a menu of choices, and Kindergarten from some silly songs. Students also had the opportunity to be very active as we learned or reviewed many traditional folk dances and movement activities this rotation. These were selected from the following:
- Scattered formation dances: Back to Back - Face to Face, Two-Part Dance, Minoeska (Giants, Fairies and Gnomes), Highway Number One and Sasha.
- Single Circle and partner dances: Kinderpolka, Heel and Toe Polka, Seven Jumps, Fjaskern, Little Shoemaker, Les Saluts and Sashay the Donut
- Long-aways Set Dances: Willowbee, Chimes of Dunkirk, Jubilee Rag, Zootio-O and Alabama Gal
- Singing and movement games: Jack in the Box, Charlie Over the Ocean and Punchinella