Here is some of what we did in first and second grade music last week. Check back for updates about the other grades later in the week!
1st grade: In first grade this week, the students are continuing to learn about beat vs. rhythm and delve a little more into the rhythm side of things. We wrote the rhythm to a favorite chant: “Miss White Had a Fright” and figured out which beats had two sounds (a ‘short-short’) and which beats had one sound (a ‘long’).
These ‘short-shorts’ and ‘longs’ are the beginning of learning actual music notation--but much in the way children learn to read, they must hear and speak before they can connect a visual, written word to what they already know. This is very similar to the way they learn to read music--we know what one sound on a beat sounds like, and we know what two sounds on a beat sound like--so we can finally start to add symbols that represent those things. The first graders are doing a fantastic job with this!!
We also read a book from the “Miss Hoop Music Library” titled Llama Llama, Time to Share. The first graders were shocked to find out that a book they had already heard of ALSO had longs and short-shorts in it! We kept the steady beat during much of the book, and I also had individual kids raising their hands to tell me what the rhythms were for different lines. I love using children’s literature in my classroom in ways like this--it’s another way for kids to hear and feel the rhythms, it connects my love for music and reading, and it’s a wonderful way to incorporate literacy in the music classroom!
2nd grade: Second graders are continuing to sing and play many music games this week. The songs we focused on this week were “Great Big House” and “Rocky Mountain”. Playing these music games not only gives the kids a physical way to connect to our musical concepts we’re learning, reviewing, and prepping, but also works a lot on interpersonal relationships between students! Skills like these, which were once so natural to most people, are often lost in our social-media obsessed society (which has its benefits, don’t get me wrong!). I love seeing kids able to interact positively with each other. Check out the video of Ms. Bauman’s class singing and moving to “Rocky Mountain”. We also sang this with solfege later--we are still working on reinforcing ‘la’ in second grade (the highest solfege we know so far!)
About Miss Hoop
My name is Meghan Hoop and I am a K-12 certified music educator. I love teaching at Marshall Elementary, where I get to make music with DK-4th graders every day!
Miss Hoop, as drawn by one of her former 5th graders. :)