In this lesson, you will:
1 - Say the poem and step the beat.
2 - Learn about accented beats.
3 - Learn about 2/4 time signature.
4 - Figure out the rhythms of the poem.
5 - Do body percussion with the poem. Try the body percussion given or create your own.
6 - Create an ostinato. Divide the class into two groups. One group will decide how to perform the ostinato, and the other group the poem. Decide how to perform. Do you like it? Try it another way!
Optional: Complete the worksheet
Copy the movement or create your own!
This song was sung and shared by Nana - a Canadian who was born in Ghana and lived in Botswana before coming to Canada. View the concept slides to see Ghana on the map and learn about the country. Add the clapping pattern above to the song or have your students create a new clapping pattern to the song.
Add a clapping pattern to the song. Have the students form a circle. Each student should turn to face a partner. The students pat thighs twice, then clap partner’s hands twice. Then they turn to face a new partner on the other side and repeat the actions.
Have the students read the rhythm and letter names (or solfa) for the song. If you prefer, you can teach this as a rote song. Sing the song as a two-part round. When the students are successful in two parts, try it in three and then four parts.
Creative Ideas: Teach the students to play as well as sing the melody of the round. Then have the students improvise new melodies using C FGA C to use as variations between repetitions of the melody.