Perez Elementary School

Year 2 - Grade 5

Beginning

Student #1

Here is a brainstorming entry in a students journal before we started writing our mythical musical plots. They took one of these ideas and then used it to start their story.

 

Student #2

This picture shows one of the musical improv drama games that helped us start out the show writing. As you can see the students were giggling, shy, embarrassed, and excited. Improving literacy and musical skills are enhanced greatly by students confidence and creativity. It is always important to build a sense of community and let the students know that it is safe and encouraged to share without judgment! We did a few games and exercises to facilitate this experience.

Student #3

This picture shows the beginning of the musical plot formulation. The students each started a mythical story for our musical then passed their paper to a second student. That student added a portion of the story and then passed it to a third writer. The students enjoyed getting their stories back and seeing how the plot turned out. They did find it challenging at times to understand what the previous person was trying to say due to handwriting or an unclear storyline. I believe this will help them in the future to have a different perspective on their own writing and how others perceive it (in a non-grading context).

Middle

Student #1

This student is adding rhythms to lyrics created by the class. By adding one note for every syllable of a word it allows the student to integrate reading and speaking with musical elements.

Student #2

Here is a song with the rhythms finished. Next they’ll transfer these rhythms to notes on the treble clef, and we’ll have a finished song! This is a good example of using one note per syllable. You can see on the first line (and other spots) where the student erased some notes when they checked their work.

 

Student #3

Here is a great example of a finished song. The rests are very interesting rhythmically and the melody is varied and imaginative! We modeled for the students, did examples with their suggestions, and then they had the chance to work independently. This shows that they really understood the exercise.

End

Student #1

How the Earth came to be

The culmination of all the lessons throughout the year produced a musical show. Here is video clip of the final show at the Fine Arts Festival at Perez School on Wed. May 22nd.

The 5th grade wrote and composed a musical myth of how the earth came to be. They worked very hard to write the dialogue, lyrics, notes and all the parts of the musical. They did a great job of performing the work they created.

Here is a clip of on of the songs they wrote.

Student #2

The 5th grade was able to watch the whole video of their performance and reflect on that experience. They also were asked to reflect on the whole year by writing and drawing on a large poster. They picked one or two areas that we covered during the year and expressed their own feelings and thoughts about that one activity.

 

Student #3

We also had a party to express our gratitude for all of their hard work, and reward them appropriately! This was a part of the reflecting process and they enjoyed talking with us and each other about the show, and possibly what will happen next year!

Year One
2011-2012
Year Two
2012-2013
Year Three
2013-2014

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