I decided I needed to get our 2 bass xylos on their own separate carts. We don't have a tremendous amount of barred instruments, but I would like to get enough for a class set, eventually. We currently have everything stacked on a metal tv cart, so when I want to use the basses, I have unload the alto xylos, and aside from that, those bass xylos are old, heavy & difficult to lift & move.
So I first looked online, but these xylos are so old that they don't make stands or carts for them. Plan B: I went to my cousin & we came up with a platform on wheels idea. We put 1 x 2's on the sides & one end to hold the xylo in place, and put a PVC pipe handle on the other end. Materials cost a little over $100 (no teacher discount, I asked :( )
I also sanded the edges with sandpaper, but my cousin already had the sandpaper, so I didn't have to pay for that. We have one ready to go for classes next week, but I could only bring one xylo box home at a time because they are so heavy. (Plus, I don't have a huge car to put them in to transport.) The other cart is half done; we are waiting to put the wood strips on it until I can bring the other box home (they are not exactly the same size.) I'll post pictures once the carts are in my classroom!
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We used the dry erase markers and staff boards in third & fourth grade this week, and I was so grateful to the person who gave me the idea (probably on Pinterest) to hot glue Pom poms onto the lids of the dry erase markers. Instant erasers! It saves us time because it's one less thing to pass out. Thank you, Pinterest person!
Our composer of the month for April is Aaron Copland. This week, we listened to "Fanfare for the Common Man," and I had 3rd and 4th graders answer one of three questions (their choice).
1. Why do you think Aaron Copland named this piece "Fanfare for the Common Man?"
2. If this music was playing during a movie, what would be happening on the screen?
or 3. If you could give the piece another title, what would it be, and why?
I did tell them that a fanfare was originally a piece for brass that announced a royal entrance (yea- the King is here!) And that the "common man" really meant all of mankind, so that includes all humans, not just men. That information did influence some of their answers, but I felt they needed to know those 2 basic pieces of information. I picked out 10 of the best in each of the 4th grade classes and put them on the hallway bulletin board. Our district is encouraging writing in all areas, so when I have the time and opportunity to do it, I want to make sure the parents and my principal see it.