Grade 2 Virtual School

Below are your optional learning engagements for Performing Arts this week. We’ll continue posting material on this page with the most recent on top.   Please remember that if you have any questions it is best to contact your PA teacher via email at (2B, 2D, 2E) or (2A, 2C) and not via the See Saw app. If you post your work on your See Saw please make sure that you label it “Performing Arts” so we can keep track of it!

Week 3 – February 17-21 Optional Performing Arts Lessons

Analyse/Respond: Grade 2 has been exploring design and looking at simple machines and how they work. Have you ever thought of instruments being simple machines? Check out more here.



    • Different types of simple machines
    • The names of parts within simple machines 
    • Name and categorize instruments

If you have not had the chance to do last week’s PA activities check them out at the bottom of the page.


Week 1 & 2 – Feb. 4-7 & 10-14  Optional Performing Arts Lessons

Singing: In class we have been learning the community song, Blue Skies. This song was written in 1926 by American composer Irving Berlin for a musical called Betsy. Here is an early recording of the song from 1927:

  • Using the karaoke and lyrics pack here, practice singing the song. 
  • Extend your learning by teaching someone at home how to sing the song. If you or someone in your family knows how to play the ukulele or guitar, you can use the chords on the lyrics sheet to play along!

Drama and Music: In class, we have been learning how to add sounds to stories with both our bodies and percussion instruments. Follow the steps below to create your own sound story. 

Step 1: Pick one story as told by folklorist Margaret Read MacDonald listed here:

Step 2 – Think about the repetitive words and sounds in the story. How could you represent them with instruments you have at home? Don’t have any instruments? Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be an actual instrument! We call making music with things that aren’t normally instruments “found sounds”. Check out the video below to learn more about how you can make instruments from the things you can find at home!

Step 3 – Add instruments to your story. Where can you add sounds to make the story even more interesting to tell? For example in “The Old Woman and Her Pig Story” you could create sounds for her song, walking down the road, or the sound of her walking over the bridge, or create sounds for the animals – pig, dog, rat or cat.




      • Experiment with body percussion
      • Exploring different sounds of pitched and unpitched percussion
      • Soundscape in response to a story
      • Improvise rhythm and melodic patterns

If you already did last week’s engagements, email your PA teacher for what else you can do or try another story!