In Kindergarten and PreK this week we are starting to celebrate Thanksgiving through some fun turkey songs. We learned a song called "Five Smart Turkeys" about five turkeys who evade the cook by hiding in a tree. We used our imaginations to act out the story of the song. Then, we added in the instruments! The five "turkeys" got to play on the soprano xylophones. This was our first exposure to playing on the barred instruments! We used the note F on the xylophones. The students played an F on each of the rhyming words in the song--we, tree, and see. We talked about mallet rest position (on our shoulders) and bouncing the mallet on the "belly button" of the bar for the best sound.
Below are some pictures and videos of a Kindergarten class in action!