What a wonderful performance! 5A – you did an incredible job, and I was so proud of you. Everyone has been working so hard on these projects so it was wonderful for you to share them with your families. It was great to see you put just as much enthusiasm into re-doing the performance for the K-5 assembly later in the afternoon. I think you enjoyed dancing to the music at the end of assembly as much as all the rest combined! Maybe a dance party in the classroom is in order. One day. Maybe.
On Friday, February 4, 5A and the rest of the 5th grade are putting on a performance. We will have choreography, music and shadow puppetry. We are going to base the whole concert on 4 poems, one for each class. We are going to be playing instruments to the poem, the shadow puppetry about the poem, and the dance about the poem. 5A’s poem is “A Well Sits in a Small Yard.” In art we have been making the shadow puppets by cutting out pieces of paper with scissors or an Exacto knife. We are going to act out the play with the shadow puppetry. In dance we have been choreographing our dances, we split up into mini groups to create the dance and then at the end we all mended together to make on dance. I hope many of our families can come to the performance!
Playing an instrument is fun, right? Well that’s all we do when we have Band. At the end of last year we got to pick an instrument that we wanted to learn to play out of these instruments – Drums, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, French Horne and Clarinet. In Band we learn how to read notes and play them on our instruments. I think that everyone enjoys Band because the people that didn’t play any instrument get to learn to play one. On the other hand people who already play instruments get to learn a new and diverse instrument.
Today we had a special visit. This year we are studying ancient china. Some musicians from the Music in China group visited our school. Music in China is a group of Chinese musicians. They introduced us to a few instruments. There was one that looked like a violin, except the bow was attached to the string. It also had a snake skin box on its bottom, which affected the sound. Another one was like a little guitar, except with a few variations. Its strings where nylon wrapped over steel, and they were so hard that you have to wear plastic nails to play it. Over all, the performance was very interactive, fun, and interesting. I hope many people have enjoyed it as much as I.