Are you familiar with these words? I'm with you on this one. In this video, fifth grade Spanish students are role-playing a boy pretending to be sick. He is complaining of body aches including his eyelashes! Mom sends her son to school after realizing he is trying to stay home to avoid a test.
The real challenge for students performing in another language is to over-learn the lines and pronunciation so that they can also work on emotion and body language. Memorizing their lines motivates them to work hard and to deliver amazing results!
What better way is there to engage students in Spanish class and to learn more about the language than through acting?
It definitely helps to have classes involving traditional learning, such as writing vocabulary, watching movies in Spanish, reading books written in Spanish and grammar drills, but it is crucial to break away from those traditional methods every now and then and allow the class to work hands-on with the language and culture. Skits are a great way to encourage students to practice their oral skills.
As we wrapped up the unit on clothing and the preterite tense, students performed skits focusing on previously learned vocabulary giving them the opportunity to review in a fun way.
Memorization was involved in order to gain greater confidence. Through memorization, students reviewed and practiced the acquired vocabulary.
Rehearsing and practicing were activities that helped students to feel more confident about their pronunciation.
Skits are a great way to get the students on their feet, moving around the classroom while using Spanish. They feel more interest in the material being practiced and are motivated to participate in class.
Singing in an integral part of all of our music classes. In Upper School, students have the option of joining our extra-curricular Upper School Choir.
The Upper School Choir enjoyed performing "Laugh and Sing," a medley of rounds, for Grandparents’ Day. To conclude the program, they led the Lower School students in an enthusiastic performances of "Hail to The Woods Academy," our school song which was composed by last year’s sixth grade music class.
5th Graders explored melodic and rhythmic components of traditional Chinese music and learned to improvise simple question and answer phrases in the pentatonic scale. Their improvisations made a lovely instrumental interlude for their performance of "Silver Moon Boat," a traditional Chinese folk song.Uploaded 2 months ago to Upper School, Upper School, and 2 more
For Grandparents Day, the 4th grade class sang "Going Upon the Mountain," a folk song from the Ozarks. Students created eight-beat body percussion patterns with a partner and added square dance steps to create their own unique dances.Uploaded 2 months ago to Lower School and School Life
In music class, 2nd Graders learned "Bells of Peace", a traditional round, and then brainstormed a collection of peace words to make a speech interlude.Uploaded 2 months ago to Lower School and School Life