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    Week of April 6, 2020

    Listen to the song “If I Had a Hammer” as performed by Pete Seeger: and Sam Cooke:

    Then answer the following questions (you may consult for more background information on the song and help answering the questions below): 

    1. Can you sing the whole song? Show me! (make an audio or video recording and send it to me at
    2. Where did the symbolism of the “Hammer of Justice” and the “Bell of Freedom” originate?
    3. At various points in our nation’s history, it has been significant for us to sing a “song of love between my brothers and my sisters.” Why might it be important for us to sing this today?

    Look for a video of me singing my “song of love” on the Roxhill Elementary You Tube channel later this week 😉

    Week of March 30th, 2020

    Hello Roxhill Rockstars!  Please click here to watch my video message to you for this week, and then view the following link.

     Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Three Little Birds”:


    1. What instruments do you hear in this performance?
    2. How many people do you hear singing? One? Two? Many?
    3. Music can help us to express our emotions, or to help us change our mood when we are feeling sad or scared or angry.  How do you feel after listening to and singing “Three Little Birds?”

     Please email your responses to me at .  Text, audio, or video responses are all welcome!



    Week of March 23rd, 2020

    Greetings Roxhill Rockstars!  March is Women’s History Month, and this week we’re going to be learning about Fannie Lou Hamer.  Fannie Lou Hamer used her voice in powerful ways to speak and sing in the face of injustice, and to bring strength and courage in the face of fear.  Please watch the following biography and listen to the song “This Little Light of Mine” and answer the following questions:


    1. How did Fannie Lou Hamer use her voice to make the world a better place?
    2. What role did music play in Fannie Lou Hamer’s fight against injustice?
    3. How do you use music to help yourself feel more calm and brave when facing scary situations?  What songs make you feel better?


    Fannie Lou Hamer biography :


    Fannie Lou Hamer, “This Little Light of Mine”:


    If you would like, you may email your responses to me at .  Text, audio, or video responses are all welcome!