As we wrap up our studies of “The Star Spangled Banner,” students in Grade 4 reviewed rhythmic dictation, with a twist. The class divided into two teams. One team read then clapped the rhythm; the other team listened then wrote it out. The class moved on to the next rhythm only after all agreed the dictated rhythm was correct.
In the past, the music teacher played the rhythm and students took dictation. This time, the reading/clapping team was responsible for making sure their beat was steady and everyone on the team understood and could play the rhythm. Starting with simpler rhythms, the challenges got progressively harder until one student proclaimed, “This is hard! And fun!” which is music to any teacher’s ears.
Lower Elementary kids sure know how to start the weekend!
Nine of our middle school students, Nancy and Susan, and Karen Staley as a parent chaperone are on a four-day trip to Washington, DC. This has been a dream for several staff and parents for a long time and we are thrilled to see it finally happen.
Visiting DC is the first of an optional three-year trip rotation for middle school students. For our other trips we hope to go to Chicago for an arts and literature based trip and a Science based trip.
In preparation for the trip, the students worked with us to plan the details of what we will do. This included researching the different museums and attractions and identifying priorities. We are renting a house in the District, about 2.5 miles from the White House. Since we have a kitchen we get to make our own breakfasts and we planned ahead for a team for each morning to cook and clean.
We flew from Cincinnati to Dulles and from there the students became familiar with the Metro system, got settled into our rental house in Columbia Heights, and had pizza in the big city. 10,000 steps.
Day#2 (first full day)
We started the day with a tour of the Capitol and checking out the Library of Congress. Lunch at Union Station and then spent the afternoon at the Natural History Museum and the American History Museum. 18,000 steps
The day began at the Holocaust Museum for a perspective and empathy building experience. The afternoon was spent on a trolley that took us to the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and gave us an overview of the downtown area.
Our bodies are tired from lots of walking but we saved some really fun things for today, our final day. We are headed to the International Spy Museum, the National Archives and the Air and Space Museum.
Tomorrow morning we fly home!
Orders for Scholastic Books are due this Friday, May 8 at 3 pm. Orders can be placed using the paper order form and returned to school or placed online. If you need an extra order form, please call or email the office and we will send one home with your child. Many thanks to Lisa Kettler for all her work coordinating Scholastic Book orders for the whole school year!