‘s Music 2ND - MAY/JUNE ‘11 Mouth Percussion! Yes, they learned it in music! Activities and Concepts: LS Spring Concert Follow Up! Watching the video of the spring concert - + discussing what went well for 2nd grade + wishes - if we had another performance what might we do to ! make our performance even better? Reread the book “John Henry” by Julius Lester and noticed ! what stood out to us now that we had done our performance Watched the Disney animated short video “John Henry” (2003) and compared the music and stories to what we ! did in our concert Tried the third grade clapping game, “Run Molly Run” Secret Songs for Stepping Up Day! ! We are just beginning to write this year's 'secret song' to thank ! the classroom teachers and remember highlights of the year. It's ! hard to believe that the end of second grade is already so near! As the year comes to a close we will review rhythmic and melodic skills from earlier in the year, sing and dance our traditional favorites for the end of the year and talk about what third grade music may bring. Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you in the fall. Viva Brazil ! On May 9th the entire second grade worked with a visiting musician and dancer from Brazil, Deise Alves! Ms. Alves is a lead choreographer for the internationally known body percussion ensemble Barbatuques and teaches at both the university level as well as working with elementary aged students! The girls learned two Portuguese singing games, one about a fish and the other about a crocodile! They asked Deise questions about her life as a musician and dancer in Brazil, watched some body percussion choreography and then experimented with different body percussion timbres (clapping, tongue clicking,etc.). The girls loved the body percussion and have been mouth popping, cheek slapping, chest tapping, clapping and snapping away! They are inventing new sounds of their own! Many of your daughters are quite talented mouth percussionists!
Science SECOND GRADE MAY 2011 Second grade students prey upon a population of colorful dots to learn about natural selection. What We’ve Been Doing Animal adaptations: * We learned about different habitats, such as deserts, wetlands, forests and Arctic, and wondered why different animals live there. * We learned that adaptations are physical features or behaviors that help an animal survive in its habitat. * We explored a variety of adaptations that animals use to survive winter in a cold climate: migration, hibernation, and more. * To learn more about why some animals put on body fat before winter, we did an experiment with shortening and ice water. The fat really does insulate well! * We explored camouflage and natural selection with a simulation, where the girls preyed on dot animals. We also had fun making pickles, combining chemistry and social studies as we thought about how humans prepared for the winter before all our modern conveniences! Over the Summer I hope that your family has a fantastic summer! If you are looking for science activities to do on those lazy summer afternoons, check out the Lower School Science website (link below) for some ideas (and recipes for Gak and pickles!). We are lucky to live in an area with so many museums and beautiful outdoor spaces! Have fun, explore, and I look forward to seeing your daughter in third grade! Open Science - Tuesdays from 3:25-4:00 Any girl checked into the Tree House may come to the science lab to help take care of the turtle and gecko, then explore and experiment with Ms. McDonald! (No extra fee or regular attendance needed.) Elizabeth McDonald firstname.lastname@example.org 751-0177 x273 Check out the LS Science website at http://www.kdbs.org/node/574/ for fun links!