• Classroom Update

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    Returning from Spring Break

    I'm excited for all of us to be getting back to learning!  For updated assignments, please see my Google Classroom pages.

    If you have not yet signed up or joined my class, please email me and, if you don't have them, I can send the codes to you.

    Thank you, and keep making music!

    Entering April -- week ending 4/3/2020

    This week, I am putting assignments up at Google Classroom.  Please login to that, and you should see an invitation to join my class.  If, for some reason, you are unable to do so, please email me at rtravis@sd162.org, include your grade level and username (but not your password), and I will send you an invitation to join.

    I look forward to embarking upon this distance learning journey with you!

    Activities for the week ending 3/27/2020

    Kindergarten

    Watch these videos to see examples of several instruments in the woodwind family:

    Flute

    Oboe

    Clarinet

    Bassoon

    Saxophone

    Download any one of these coloring pages.

     

    First Grade

    Compose your own rhythms!  This game continuously plays a pattern, but you can click on the lines below the instrument players, and change what they're playing.  Try to come up with something you think sounds good!

    Second Grade

    Watch these videos to see examples of several instruments in the woodwind family:

    Flute

    Oboe

    Clarinet

    Bassoon

    Saxophone

    Third Grade

    Read this story and figure out each note to fill in the missing letters in words, and learn a little about a great musician at the same time. 

    After you're done, if you'd like to see Louis Armstrong perform, I recommend "What a Wonderful World."

     

    Activities for the week ending 3/20/2020

    Kindergarten

    Watch this video to see instruments in the woodwind family.

    Download any one of these coloring pages.

    First Grade

    Note, you may need to enable Flash in your browser to play this game.  If you are using Google Chrome, go to Settings>Privacy and security>Site Settings>Permissions - Flash, and switch to "Ask First."

    Then, click here and click on "Match the Rhythm" for a rhythm-matching activity.

    Second Grade

    Watch this video to see instruments in the woodwind family.

    Then, go to this site and download the Instrument coloring book.  Print and color the woodwind page.

    Third Grade
    Students are learning to read notes in the staff. For this week, please go to "Online Resources" and click the link "Classics For Kids - Note Name Game."

    Also, I sent home a practice worksheet which spells words with note names. Please complete that or download another copy here.

    If parents are not familiar with reading notes, I have provided the files NoteNamesForParentsPart1, and NoteNamesForParentsPart2 for a brief explanation.

    Everyone

    Stay healthy and enjoy opportunity for new styles of learning!

    If you have questions, please email me at rtravis@sd162.org.  I will be checking email frequently between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

     

    A New Experience for us all

    So this is new for all of us!  I hope you are all staying safe and healthy at home as much as possible for the next two weeks.  That makes for a great time to make some music and learn!

    Each day, I'll be posting some general activities you can work on, here on this page, but if you have not yet done so, please sign up for my Remind page.  I sent info home on Monday, March 16.  However, if you have not received it, please email me -- rtravis@sd162.org -- and include the grade level, and I will be happy to send you a copy of the information to access it.

    I will be placing links to activities online and other info, in the Remind app. 

    Thank you, and stay well!

    Music Matters in March

    Well, March is already shaping up to be quite a great month.

    Our Kindergarteners are getting their first taste of composing their own music (as a class), as well as starting to see some very cool videos of varied instruments and learn a little more about them.

    1st Grade, in the meantime, is wrapping up their unit on 6/8 time, with their first individual composition -- and performing it for the class as well.  The students are really doing a great job, and showing understanding of and ability to read the music they are writing and understand how it sounds.

    2nd Grade is wrapping up their unit on the note "Do," and moving into a unit on musical instrument families.  During this unit, they will spend some time with each of the four families (brass, woodwind, strings, and percussion), learning about common instruments in that family, watching videos of great performances, and even seeing some live demos of varied instruments.

    3rd Grade, in the meantime, is getting better at reading letter-name notes, and we hope that students will soon be moving toward recorders.

    Choir, in the meantime, is working toward a big performance that we will be announcing soon.  We are in the process of getting the last of our underlying organizational work done so we can announce specifics very soon!

    As always, if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Travis at 708-748-0480, extension 4204, or rtravis@sd162.org.

     

    Thank you!