We opened up class with the book, The Orchestra Pit (a snake visits the wrong "pit" and meets the orchestra) written by Johanna Wright.
As a warm up, the children painted snakes with watercolors, eventually adding more detail with markers and pencils.
After reading Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin written by Lloyd Moss and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, we discussed the orchestra instruments and their families (brass, percussion, strings and woodwinds).
Conor brought his violin and we were able to identify it's parts: the scroll, tuning pegs, finger board, f holes, bridge, tailpiece and chin rest.
The children used the same art making method they had used with their snakes to illustrate their own violin as well as other instruments that inspired them.
While eating our snack, we listened to Leonard Bernstein narrate the story of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.
We spent the remainder of our class time designing puppets for our Peter and the Wolf "sets", creating our own story boards.
Thank you for taking a break from the beautiful (and unexpected) weather yesterday
in order to drop off and pick up your children! I was worried having to spend time inside might be disappointing but it appeared as though everyone enjoyed themselves.
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