March 5-9, The Week in a Nutshell, Primary

Grade 1

First grade has been continuing to hear and use “la” in addition to “sol” and “mi”.  After our warm-ups and a review of “Mind Your Manners” from Music K-8 vol. 13 #5, the students came to the rug in front of my chair to hear “So-Me in Space”.  So-Me and his brother, La-Me, take an imaginary trip into outer space, where So-Me recieves a radio transmission about Solar (So-la-r) So-Me and transcribes it into musical code using lines and spaces.

So-Me in Space

So-Me in Space

Then we used sol, mi and la to learn “Ten Little Monkeys”.

S MM S L SS MM S Z        10 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed.

S M S L S M S Z                  One fell off and bumped his head.

SS MM SS LL S M S Z       Mama called the doctor and the doctor said:

du du du du du day du day du Z   No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Once we’d read the song’s notation from a 2 line staff, we used it to sing the book “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”, and then to sing and play the Monkey math game.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Monkey Math

Starting with 10 monkeys, as each monkey falls off of the bed and subtracted from the previous number, I ask them to show me with their fingers how many monkeys are left.  For some numbers, like 9, there is only one combination: 5 fingers on one hand and 4 on the other.  But numbers like 7 can have 2 answers: 5+2 or 4+3.  Other numbers, like 6, can have 3 answers: 5+1 or 4+2 or 3+3.

We finished reading/listening to “Peter and the Wolf”.  I’ve been singing along with Peter’s theme to help them identify it when they hear it.

“I’m not afraid of wolves

I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid of wolves

I’m not


I found a website via Pinterest that has a bunch of great PATW ideas, downloads and printables:

Once our state testing begins next week First grade's quiet activity will be to watch PATW.  (Elmo version...nore about that next week.)

Please stay tuned for 2nd grade tomorrow.....It's after 10 and daylight savings time has begun in PA, which means that we lost an hour of sleep    last night.
Good night.  Sleep tight.  See you in the morning light.

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