This seems to our new theme song for the year. Construction, Hurricane Evacuation and more!! The K, 1 and 2 students have enjoyed singing and dancing to this catchy tune as an end-of-class fun song!!
K and 1 LESSONS: We've started a great musical ALPHABET BOOK:
A is for AUDIENCE. We spent the first few weeks of school talking about being a good audience member. We spoke of general rules to follow when you are attending a performance. There should be plenty of chances to put those good manners to use this year! B is for BRASS INSTRUMENTS - We spent a week reviewing the instruments in the BRASS family namely the trumpet, trombone, french horn and tuba. We watched a few brass band video and played a fun game on KNOWITALL.ORG where we had the chance to listen and then identify those brass instruments. C is for CONDUCTOR - We have had a blast talking about the role of a conductor in bands, orchestras and choirs. (Of course we had to distinguish between a TRAIN conductor and a MUSICAL conductor!) The children LOVED learning about John Williams the conductor AND composer of all the Star Wars soundtracks. We watched him in action as he led the orchestra with music that most of the children had heard! All the children practiced conducting music as well. D is for DRUMMING - I bet you can just imagine the fun we have had with the letter D!! LOUD is a big clue!!
In addition to the ABC book, we have been singing many fun songs, learning about Johnny Appleseed, and had a few lessons using RHYTHM STICKS.
2ND GRADE We have spent most our time this year preparing for our musical STONE SOUP! We look forward to sharing it with you very soon!
6TH GRADE THEATER ARTS We have been enjoying class this year practicing public speaking skills, theater games, improv opportunities and more. We have had a bunch of laughs watching some classic comedy sketches like "Who's on First?" from the old comedy duo Abbott and Costello. And who can forget the famous candy scene from I LOVE LUCY? In addition, we have been talking about the purposes of movies, books, and other forms of entertainment that either inspire, entertain or educate us as a society. At the end of Oct students read and performed skits for one another using their skills from the Actor's Toolbox - BODY, VOICE and IMAGINATION.
7/8TH GRADE THEATER ARTS Students have been practicing public speaking skills, playing many different theater arts games and mastering their IMPROV skills. We've spoken about the role of theater in helping to educate, entertain, and inspire people. In addition, we have been learning about the ACTOR'S TOOLBOX where use our bodies, voices and imagination to bring characters to life! We had fun performing a short little show called THE KING'S HIGHWAY for our k and 2nd grade classes. The children LOVED watching their older "buddies" in action! The pic below is from one of our little productions.
I was out for a few days at the end of Oct so our sub, the amazing Dr. O, continued our many activities. She "introduced" the class to Helen Keller and discussed what it might be like to use our acting skills to portray someone who is handicapped in a production. As a follow up we have started watching THE MIRACLE WORKER the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. It is a marvelous production giving insight into some amazing women of history as well as showing us the many varied opportunities in acting on stage and screen.
Creative Arts at Riverview...
“Theater is like a gym for empathy. It's where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. We practice sitting down, paying attention and learning from other people's actions. We practice caring.” Lauren Gunderson / Dramatist and theater essayist