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2nd Grade Lessons Archive

Week 6     5/4 – 5/8 

2nd Grade 

Last week, we learned about the Woodwind and Brass Families. I hope you had fun making straw oboe reeds! This week, we are going to learn about the String Family and the Percussion Family.  

The String Family instruments have…Strings! They are either played with a bow, pick, or plucked to make sound. Most string instruments in the orchestra look similar but are different sizes and mostly use a long bow to make sound. Click here to listen to Spring by Antonio VivaldiThis music uses only string instruments. Try listening to this music while doing chores or simply to dance!  

The Percussion Family instruments make sound by hitting, shaking, or scraping them. There are too many percussion instruments to count but some that you might know are drums, maracas, triangles, xylophones, or guiros. Make your own bucket drum at home with any kind of upside-down bucket and some sticks. The stick end of wooden spoons work too! Click here to play your drum along with this videoWhen it says R it means right hand. L means left hand. And B means both hands. You can also play your bucket drum along to any other song you like to listen to! 

 

Week 5     4/27 – 5/1 

2nd Grade 

First of allshoutout to Jeran who recognized our song from last week (In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg) from the Trolls movie song “Hair Up Trolls”. Click here to listen to “Hair Up Trolls”. 

For the next couple weeks, we are going to shift into listening to different instruments. Instruments have families just like you and I do. Instruments of the same family make sound in similar ways. This week we are going to listen to instruments from the Woodwind Family and Brass Family. 

The Woodwind Family has instruments made of wood and with a lot of keys. Some woodwinds you might recognize are the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. Listen to this video that features mostly woodwind instruments. Once you’ve seen some of the instruments, play freeze dance to the rest of the song. Click here for the video

The oboe uses a reed with two pieces of wood put together. If you have a plastic straw at home, you can make your own oboe reed. Ask your parents for help because you will also need to use a scissor. Watch this video of how to make an oboe reed with a straw. Click here for the video

The Brass Family instruments use a funnel shaped mouthpiece that the player buzzes into. The instruments also have a bell-shaped opening at the end of the instrument. Some brass instruments you might recognize are the trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Watch this video of some brass instruments. After you’ve seen some of the instruments, play freeze dance to the rest of the song. Click here for the video

 

Week 4     4/20 – 4/24 

2nd Grade 

This week we are going to learn a new music word called Crescendo. Have your parents help you pronounce it like this. “Kruh-shen-doh Crescendo means to gradually get louder. This week you are going to listen to a song (you might remember it from last year) that is one big huge crescendo. So it starts piano (soft) and gradually gets forte (loud). Notice how the Crescendo affects the feel of the song. Here is the link to the song “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg.  

 The song “In the Hall of the Mountain King” comes from a story about a man named Peer Gynt. He is captured by the Troll King and thrown into the dungeon. You’ve probably seen the movie Trolls. In that movie, the trolls are the good guys. But in the story of Peer Gynt, the trolls are the bad guys. The song describes how he escapes one night and slowly and quietly tries to sneak away from the castle. While he is sneaking away, the trolls see him and start chasing him. At the very end, the sun comes up and turns all the trolls who are chasing him to stone. Act out the story while you listen to it. If you have siblings, you could even take turns being the different characters of the story. 

 

Week 3     4/14 – 4/17 

2nd Grade 

Last week we learned the song pizza pizza daddy-O. Here are the lyrics and a link to the video.  

Jody has a boyfriend     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

How do you know it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Cuz she told me     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s jump it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s twist it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s roll it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s slice it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s end it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

During the “Let’s Jump it” part of the song, they keep adding different verbs (action words) every time they sing it. Some of the verbs they use are jump, twist, roll, etc. Try to think of some other verbs (action words) you could add to the song and simple actions that can go with it. Try out your new version of the song with the new verbs and actions.  

The other thing we did last week was write down some rhythms to your favorite pizza toppings. I was thinking that since everything feels a little crazy right now, we should make some crazy pizzas! The pizza toppings list is below. Don’t forget to figure out the rhythms of those crazy toppings too. 😊  

pizza-toppings

 

Week 2     4/6 – 4/10 

 

2nd Grade 

Listen and learn the dance moves that go with the song Pizza Pizza Daddy-O. Click here for the video. Learn the song so you don’t have to read the lyrics to sing them. Practice the foot crossing part that happens every time you sing Pizza Pizza Daddy-O. Perform the song and dance for your family. See if you can teach them the song and dance too.  

 

On another day, think of your three favorite pizza toppings. Try to draw the rhythm of what that pizza topping might be. For example, anchovies could be du du-day or extra cheese could be du-day du. Draw a pizza with all three toppings and try to clap the rhythms of them to your parents.  

 

Jody has a boyfriend     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

How do you know it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Cuz she told me     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s jump it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s twist it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s roll it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s slice it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

Let’s end it     – Pizza Pizza Daddy-O 

 

Week 1     3/30 – 4/4

In music each week, I will send activities for you and your children to do. The more family members that get involved, the more fun they will be. Some things you will only have to do once while other things you’ll find its more fun to do a little every day.
 
We had just started working on playing some different rhythms in music. So this week in music, start by finding something around the house that can be a percussion instrument. A percussion instrument is anything that can be hit, scraped, or shaken to make sound. Get creative and find things that normally wouldn’t be found in a band such as a pot and spoon or a stick on the side of a clothes basket for example. Then play along to the rhythms with this song on youtube using your instrument. Click here to see the song.
 

​Then using your new instrument create some rhythms to your favorite song! (parents, this is where you get to introduce your child to some of your favorite music too 🙂) If you’re feeling ambitious, have the whole family create some new instruments and you can all play along to the song! 

 
Feel free to email me with any questions. 🙂