Hello 4th Grade Families,
For our last assignment of the school year we are focusing on our essential worker heroes. In 1996 John Williams composed the piece Summon the Heroes https://safeYouTube.net/w/ySPF for the Olympics as a way to honor our Olympic heroes. Right now the heroes of society are our essential workers-healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store workers, mail delivery people, food supply workers and more. Your assignment this week is to listen to Summon the Heroes and think of something you can do to thank some of our essential workers. Below I have listed several possible ideas for completing this assignment. Have a great week and stay safe!
Summon the Heroes https://safeYouTube.net/w/ySPF
Listen to the music written by John Williams and performed by the Boston Pops all at their individual homes on May 5, 2020. The music starts at 1:47. Before that is a wonderful introduction by Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart and composer John Williams.
Identify the instruments you see and hear. It’s amazing how it takes so many different instruments working together to create this one piece of music! This piece starts with trumpets, followed by timpani and drums, then trombone, chimes, violins, french horns, harp, cymbals, cello, string bass, oboes, bassoon, contrabassoon, then a big trumpet solo at 2:54. I got to play this big trumpet solo in college. As the piece goes on also look for clarinets, flutes, and tuba.
Make a card or picture to send to an essential worker while listening to the song.
Possible ways to thank our essential workers:
Call someone you know who is an essential worker and say thank you.
Send a card or picture to an essential worker.
Create your own musical composition about our essential worker heroes, make a video and send it to an essential worker. Remember, I love to see pictures and videos of your work. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.