- submitted by Becky Olsen
board in my room remained up all year. I found some clip
art on the Internet of big spotlights...like the kind they
used to have in front of car dealers and grand openings.
I enlarged and
printed them and cut them out for the upper corners of the
board. In the middle at the top, in big, bright letters,
I had "SPOTLIGHT ON" and on the next
line the name of the instrument I was spotlighting.
started off the year with tubanos, 'cause the PTO bought
me 6 of them last summer. I printed out 5 or 6 facts
about the instruments. " Tubanos were invented by Remo
Belli in 1957. Tubanos are a cross between African
and Cuban drums. The heads of the tubanos are made of
mylar. Humidity does not affect the sound of the drum.
Tubanos are played only with our hands." Then I cut
the sentences out like they were on cartoon balloons and
scattered them around the board with pictures of the
instruments. I intended to add pictures of kids playing
the instruments, but never got around to that. When the
fourth grade started recorders in November, I just took
down the tubano info and changed the instrument to Recorder,
and did the same kind of thing. The kids loved stopping
to read the facts, and we used it as an interactive board to
quiz on facts about the instruments. I'm planning on
doing something similar next year, but changing it every month
(the best laid plans.....) to spotlight a new orchestral
instrument. I'll time it so that the French horn is up
when we do Peter and the Wolf, as the wolf theme is such a
good example of French horns!