Monday, September 16, 2013

Salami (or sol la mi)

Today was generally a pretty ordinary Monday, but we did have a really fantastic music class with Ms. Moran. She introduced the class to solfeggio, the way to read pitches using the classic Italian do re mi syllables. One way to do this is to use the Curwen hand gestures. She taught these to our class.

We then played a fun game. The students listened and watched her and echoed back whatever she did with her voice and her hands – unless “sol la mi” – we cheated and read it is salami – was somewhere in there. If she tricked the class, she received a point. If she failed to trick the class, they received the point. And, guess what? The class beat the music teacher! Our room 19 students can be amazing listeners (at least when they want to).

The rest of the day was pretty ordinary. We read and discussed a chapter in the social studies book. We read a chapter in Island of the Blue Dolphins. We went over the week’s spelling patterns. We reviewed the idea of division as the inverse of multiplication.

Homework: (1) Do spelling words 1-5. Write each word ten times and write a sentence for each. Sort the spelling words on the paper provided.(2) Do pages 46, 47, and 48 in the Practice book. (3) Do the “Early Peoples” study guide. (4) Do the Three times One practice sheet. (5) Do “meaning of Division, pages 71-72 and “Algebra Connections” page 73 in the math book.

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