Grade 5 Extra Lesson – March Week 5

Concepts:
In this lesson you will
  • Rhythm Playalong 13-3

  • #79 “Mi Conejito” – learn a Spanish Easter song, play a game, compose rhythms

  • Interactive rhythm composition
  • Easter/Spring Unit – compose an Easter or Spring Melody

  • Learn “Funga Alafia” – sing, move, read, interactives

Objectives

  • I can read, perform and create rhythms.
  • I can sing a song in Spanish.
  • I can compose and play a melody.

Teaching Procedure

1 Do a rhythm play along in 3/4 meter.

Choose body percussion or instruments to play along with the video.

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Song Used: Mi Conejito

2 Learn the translation for "Mi Conijito".

Song Used: Mi Conejito

3 Use pause to read rhythms and learn "Salta mi Conejito"

- play the video and pause on page 1 to read the rhythms,

- play a phrase, and have students repeat it,
- play another phrase and have students repeat,
- slow down the video with gear tool on the bottom right,
- continue until students have repeated the whole song,

- play the video again (slow it down) and invite students to sing along
in-person - say the words instead of singing so the students have an opportunity to learn the Spanish.

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4 Option 1: Create rhythm compositions using 3/4 meter.

Play a "hide the eggs" game.
Give each student the Egg rhythms
Color (optional) and cut out the 4 eggs.

Choose 1-3 students to be the 'hiders."
The 'hiders" put hands behind their back, and pass an egg back and forth. Students in the class guess which hand the egg is in. Give a point for each correct guess. (Keep track of who has had turns!)

The eggs have rhythms in 3/4 meter.
Have the students make a 4 bar pattern and decide how to perform it using body percussion, instruments, desk drumming or other found sounds.
Hold a group practice. Practice again until all students are successful.

You could try performing the rhythm patterns with either the rhythm play-along music, or the song.

5 Option 2: Interactive Rhythm Composition.

6 Option 1: Compose an Easter melody.

Option 1: Compose an Easter Melody

The student printable for this activity is in supporting resources.

- or - do this composition as a class

There are options to use do-re-mi, CDE, do re mi so la, or CDE GA
The NEXT button is in the bottom right corner of the slide (blends in with the frame)

7 Option 2: Compose a Spring Melody.

Option 2: Compose a Spring Melody.

The student printable for this activity is in supporting resources.

- or - do this composition as a class

There are options to use do-re-mi, CDE, do re mi so la, or CDE GA
The NEXT button is in the bottom right corner of the slide (blends in with the frame).

8 Use the Virtual Glockenspiel to Play your cComposition.

- Have students try out their compositions on the virtual glockenspiel.

Song Used: Funga Alafia

9 Learn to Sing and Move to "Funga Alafia"

Play a phrase, pause, then have the students sing it back.
Continue until the students can sing the entire song.
This song is a call response. Funga Alafia is the call. Ashe ashe is the response.

The melody of "Funga Alafia" is based on the song "Liza Jane."
The words have been attributed to LaRocque Bey who played drums with Baba Olatunji.
A performance of the song and the dance by Baba in 1993 is found on YouTube.

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Song Used: Funga Alafia

10 Learn the movements to "Funga Alafia".

Use the kids demo to learn the simplified movements to the song.

The rhythm known as "Fanga" is from the Vai people of Liberia, West Africa. The words "Alafia" and "ashe" are from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. “Alafia” is a greeting word. “Ashe” means “so be it.”

Jos Wuytak taught this song in many teacher trainings, including one I attended in 1980 in Vancouver where he said the song was from Liberia. He taught a simplified version of the Fanga dance that is shared in Musicplay.

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Song Used: Funga Alafia

11 Do the interactive song sort for "Funga Alafia".

- Do the rhythm sort.

Song Used: Funga Alafia

12 Option 1: Do the solfa note challenge for "Funga Alafia".

Song Used: Funga Alafia

13 Option 2: Do the pitch letter name challenge for "Funga Alafia".