Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 have been learning the 50 states and their capitals with music as our tool. Many students have already memorized our two state songs! We have also begun to learn our 44 presidents through a fabulous rap found here. The presidents are listed in order from the "Revolution to the age of the internet."
Many first and second grade classes have been engaged in "Mallet Madness." It is a way to connect reading literacy to music literacy. The learning of one definitely helps support the learning of the other. We have used several books to help us compose beautiful music using metalophones, xylophones, glockenspiels, and many different kids of drums. Kids have enjoyed "Mortimer," "Rumble in the Jungle," "Nicky Upstairs and Down," and "Alexander and the Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day." We use these stories to renforce orff technique such as hands together and hands alternating. Students learn concepts such as high and low, dynamics, tempo, responsiveness to body gesture and sound quality. We've learned about the difference between noise and making beautiful music. These musical experiences have supported reading literacy concepts such as: author's purpose, form, main idea, rhyme, rhythm, and summarizing technique. WE LOVE MALLET MADNESS!!!!
The 4th and 5th graders are busily working on memorizing all fifty states in alphabetical order. It is knowledge every United States citizen should know rapidly. We are singing the states to to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw" and it has been a blast! Remember to try to sing as many words as possible and do not get discouraged if you miss a few here and there. YOU CAN DO IT!
Here are the states listed for you!