Music Update with Ms. Anita
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 7:30 AM


Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade students from room 114 (Ralph Sievert’s class) and room 119 (Marie Voreis’ class) for being selected to perform for our first Student of the Month program. They lead the audience in singing our national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”. (Thank you to our flag holder Parker Hasse -O’Rourke.) Congratulations to the same two classes for being selected to sing in our 2nd Student of the Month program also! We sang  “Over the River and Through the Wood”. Both classes did an excellent job!

Grades Pre-K and K are learning many songs with rhyming, movement, and actions (Jim Along Josie, Going Over the Sea, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Shake My Sillies Out, The Hokey Pokey, etc.). Our new vocabulary word is introduction and we have been paying special attention to this section of the music as we are introduced to a new song. Another of our vocabulary words is lyrics. All 5 of the classes learned the song “The Good Day Song” then created 2 new (4 verse) versions by changing the lyrics of the original song and singing them. The students were very creative with their new chosen lyrics.

First and second grade classes are learning how to get and navigate our songbooks. Two students are chosen to be the bookkeepers (one to pass out the books and one to collect them). Students are called by team to pick up their bookmarks and books, then return to their places and begin looking up the song pages. We started with one book song, then added another, and are now up to 5 book songs (we are still singing from song sheets too)! Our book songs are “Big Beautiful Planet”, “I Bought Me A Cat”, “On Top Of Spaghetti”, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”, and “Eating Lizards”. “Eating Lizards” is a great songto introduce the students to rests (quarter rests) in music.

Soon, the students will be placed in “height line ups” and begin the process of going to the Little Theater to learn how to enter and exit the risers, and learn how to perform on stage.

Our vocabulary words are interlude, refrain, and rest. Classes are also learning how to find and identify repeat signs in music, and understand their purpose.

Grades 3, 4 and 5 have now all completed their notation unit. Students were taught the treble clef note names for the lines and spaces on the staff.  (A brief tutorial was given on the bass clef notes for students wishing to complete extra credit work in the bass clef.) Students who reach the grade level standards for the notation unit will receive a “3” on their reports cards under the “Foundations” section. In order for students to receive a “4” on their report card, they had to complete at least one worksheet of Extra Credit (which, according to our Effort Rubric - goes above and beyond the music standards). Plenty of Extra Credit work was made available to support their learning with:

  1. Treble clef note names (adding notes or note names)

  2. Bass clef note names (adding notes or note names) (Gr. 4/5)

  3. Music Vocabulary Word Finds

  4. Musical Instruments Word Scrambles

I am very pleased with how many students took, completed, and turned in Extra Credit. 

Vocabulary words for this unit are: lines, spaces, staff (staves), notes, rests, treble clef, bar line, and measure.

Students did a great job. The dates I returned their corrected worksheets depended on how many music class periods each individual class had missed due to days off, and Student of the Month performances and rehearsals (which puts us behind). Students were given extra time (1 week) to complete and turn in extra credit worksheets. Extra credit was returned after all of the main worksheets had been corrected and returned.


Have a great week!

Anita Webster

Music Specialist