Echo all the rhythms except the poison rhythm.
- play the rhythms with body percussion or instruments
- decide how to perform it
Review "Funga Alafia" with the note highlights
If you read solfa notes, sing with the solfa part of the video.
If solfa is new to you, play a line and echo the solfa.
Sing the song.
If you have ukuleles, accompany your singing.
You can leave out the G chord and just accompany with the C chord, so it's easy to play.
Skip this step if you don't have a ukulele.
Review the movements.
The first time you: step-close step-close step-close step-clap, then go the other way
The second time: push arms right 2x, left 2x, (continue)
The third time: tap head 4x, touch sides of mouth 4x, touch heart 4x, make prayer motion 4x
The fourth time: step-close step-close step-close step-clap, then go the other way
The third time is supposed to show that 1: with my thoughts I welcome you; 2. with your words I welcome you. 3. with my love I welcome you. 4. with my prayers I welcome you.
- if you have the instruments in the score, play them
- if you do not have instruments, use found sounds - desk, ruler, markers, to play the parts
- read each part together using rhythm names, then play it.
- when confident with the part, have one group sing (say) the song, and the other group play.
- continue learning the parts until you have learned as many as you can
- the audio track is included in the activity.
Sort the rhythms in the song.
Create your own composition using the Interactive Rhythm Composition Tool.
(Composition with manipulatives follows if you don't have devices)
Decide how to play it. You could use body percussion, instruments or found sounds.
The class could create a rondo by singing (or listening) to "Funga Alafia" as the them. Then the B, C, D sections would be student performances of their rhythm.
- copy the pages of note squares from the supporting resources
- have the students cut out the note squares (12 in total). The last 2 squares (ti ta ti) should not be cut apart - they should be left intact to show that all together the rhythms are 2 beats
- have the students create an 8 beat rhythm composition with the squares