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Jazzing Up Water Bottles

Fifth graders with bottle buddies All the greats of the jazz music genre are sitting outside the music room at Huth Road Elementary – in mini-versions. The annual bottle buddy project by fifth-graders is the culmination of the jazz unit in Carol Horrigan’s music classes.

All fifth-graders pick a jazz musician, complete a short research paper on that musician and then make that musician out of a water bottle.

The project took about a month and pulled in library research, writing, the arts and public speaking. Students spent several music class sessions in the library to gather their research for their paper which had to include accurate, interesting biographical information about their musician. Using a photo from their research, they created the musician, complete with dress, instrument, sometimes even a microphone. Each student had to present their report during a library class.

Using a rubric, teachers will vote for their favorite and winners will be announced.

Pictured are Sroop Singh holding Kenny G., Dominic Nucci with Cab Calloway, Tommy Alberalla with Dizzy Gillespie, Maya Rizzo with John Coltrane, Kaya Swart with Esperanza Spalding, and Kennady Ulrich with Miles Davis.


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