Hello students! I have not posted in a while as I have been busy working with Ms. Dawson making caribou and elk hide drums for our graduating class. This has been an amazing project. We are so happy to give these drums as gifts to our students. Thank you to all the EAs who helped with this project. Graduating students, we hope these drums will remind you of all the hard work and fun times you had at Takhini Elementary School!
Take some time to make music and explore this cool website!
Any rap fans out there? Rap is a really creative way of writing songs. Please click here to check out this week's assignment. You will be writing your own rap song! I would love to hear what you come up with. So please email me your assignments or post them on the blog.
A Found Sound Activity
Do you remember back in the fall when we watched the STOMP movie? Here is the link if you want to watch it again.
Do you remember some of the objects they used as musical instruments?
Some examples: towels, buckets, apples, cards, water, lunch boxes, brooms, pots and pans…
This week, I would like you to find three objects around your house or in your backyard. I’d like to you make a rhythm with these objects. Right before March break, you used Nursery rhymes to make rhythms on the drums. You could use nursery rhymes, or the lyrics from your favourite song.
For example, try clapping these words:
a)Humpty dumpty sat on a wall, humpty dumpty had a great fall
b)I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road
I'm gonna ride till I can't no more (Old Town Road)
c)Never had a friend, never had a friend (Aladdin)
So here’s your mission…
1)Find three objects that make an interesting sound to you
2)Choose some lyrics that you like and that you think are catchy
3)Use the objects to make rhythms using the words as your guide. Rather than clapping them out, you’ll be performing them on your ‘instruments’.
4)You can use one object at a time. Or, you can see if you can use two or three of the objects in your ‘song’.
5)If you had fun, do this again with new lyrics or new objects!
Here’s a video of me showing you an example…
Hey there intermediate students! You've got to check out the song that Sunny wrote! Sing along with the Karaoke version!
For this week's activities I'd like you to go on a Sound Scavenger Hunt. Click the link below for the assignment. If you don't have a printer, don't worry. Just sketch out your own paper. Take this on your walk. You can go for a walk anywhere. It could be in the woods or it could be around the city. If you are able to, please do two walks. On each walk, bring a new sheet of paper and pencil. Do one walk around the city and near roads. Do a second walk in the forest. Then compare the different sounds you hear in each location. Bring your parents and siblings along with you.
Alright dancers! It's time to show your moves! Go onto the school website. Listen to our song and get familiar with the it. I would like you to come up with some moves for one verse of the song. (Or the whole song if you are super motivated!) Take a video of yourself and email it to me. The best dance moves will become the official choreography of our new school song!
Or, take a picture of yourself and send me an email of you dancing to our school song. I would like to post the pictures to the website. Can't wait to see you get your groove on!
Stay tuned for more info about our Dance Choreography comptetion!
I miss you already! I hope you are doing well. I have a blog set up where you can message me. I will be posting activities and videos. I’ll also send home activities every couple of weeks to keep your music brains going!
I have a couple ideas for you to do this week.
Can’t wait to see you again soon!