Grade 5 Lesson 32 Cinco de Mayo

In this lesson, you will:

  • learn about Cinco de Mayo
  • learn about and sing the song “La Bamba”
  • bucket/desk drum with the song “La Bamba”
  • Learn about the Los Machetes dance, and try the dance

May the 4th is “Star Wars Day” There is a module in Learning Modules – General for classes with 1:1 devices to work in Chrome Music Lab creating the Star Wars themes.  If you have devices you could opt for this lesson instead of lesson 32.

Supporting Resources

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music
  • I can read and perform rhythms
  • I can perform a traditional dance

Teaching Procedure

1 Cinco de Mayo

- read about Cinco de Mayo

2 Learn about "La Bamba" 1

- read the slide

3 Ritchie Valens performance

This is a safeshare link.

If the link doesn't work for you google "Ritchie Valens performance La Bamba"

4 Learn about Ritchie Valens

- read the slide

5 View a biography of Ritchie Valens

This is a safeshare link

If the link doesn't work, google "Ritchie Valens - Mexican-American Singer & Songwriter | Mini Bio| BIO"

6 Learn about "La Bamba" 2

- read the slide

7

This is a safeshare link.

If the link doesn't work for you google "Mexico - Veracruz - La Bamba"

8 Learn about "La Bamba" 4

- read the slide

9 "La Bamba" Translation

- read the slide

10 Learn to sing "La Bamba"

- play the video, pausing after each phrase to echo

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

11 Bucket or Desk Drum with "La Bamba"

- practice the patterns shown

- you can play this on a desk with 2 sticks, or on bucket drums

12 Practice the Drum Patterns for "La Bamba"

- this is a demo of the A, then the B section, then the entire song

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13 Play bucket/desk with "La Bamba"

- play the entire song

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14 Read about "Los Machetes"

Read about "Los Machetes"

This is a dance from Mexico, that we can learn for Cinco de Mayo!

In-Person: give each student a pair of rhythm sticks

Virtual: find a pair of wooden spoons or spoons to use in this dance

15 Read some fun facts about Mexico

- read together

16 Try the dance steps

- read and try the dance steps

17 Dance "Los Machetes"

- copy the movements on the video with the students

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

18 Watch a performance of "Los Machetes" on AGT

This is a safeshare link.

If the link doesn't work, google "Los Machetes America's Got Talent"

19 Watch another performance of "Los Machetes"

- this is another safeshare link
- this features an adult dance performance with real machetes

- if the safeshare link doesn't work, google "Machetes Dance"