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Start the School Year Winner -- Lorrie Davis
By Kyle Ware
8/31/2010 10:51:00 AM

recorder routes bookHow do YOU start the school year?

This past August, we asked thousands of you what activities do you use to start the school year? Thank you for all of the terrific responses, but unfortunately, we had to choose just one response for the $50 West Music Gift Certificate. That winner is ...Lorrie Davis from Conroe ISD in Conroe, Texas! See her response below:

"Happy new school year to my fellow music teachers!

"Here is a favorite lesson I use at the beginning of the school year with fourth grade, which is the oldest grade in my school.

"The song is called, 'Down in the Jungle' and it is in the Recorder Routes book by Carole King.

"The recorder part is easy enough for kids to learn even if they are new to my school and did not play recorders in third grade. The Orff instruments are always a favorite and by the end of the week every student is playing something. We make it a rain forest jungle so we can add the rain stick, thunder tube, frogs, crickets, and chimes and finger cymbals at the end for sunshine.

"I have a small group of drummers who play the rhythm of the words. If they are real good, we add lightning on Friday (one student blinks on and off the lights during the thunder at the beginning and end of the song). The students get so excited and I tell them 4th grade is my favorite grade because they are so awesome and can do so much. 

"Later in the year we come back to this song and the kids make up new verses and sound effects (i.e.  "Down by the river living in a cave - better than the city, you don’t have to shave" -- that was written and illustrated by a fourth grade boy).

"Have a great year!"

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