Middle School 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 Shafeshare link doesn't work for you, search internet for "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 Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Ritchie Valens - Mexican-American Singer & Songwriter | Mini Bio| BIO".

6 Learn about "La Bamba" - 2

Read the slide.

7 Watch a dance on "La Bamba"

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Mexico - Veracruz - La Bamba".

8 Learn about "La Bamba" - 3

Read the slide.

Song Used: La Bamba

9 "La Bamba" Translation

Read the slide.

Song Used: La Bamba

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 A and B sections

In this demo, you will practice the A and the B sections alone, then see how the whole song is played.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

13 Play bucket or desk with "La Bamba"

Play the entire song.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

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 learning: Give each student a pair of rhythm sticks.

Virtual learning: 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 Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Los Machetes America's Got Talent".

19 Watch another performance of "Los Machetes"

This is another Safeshare link.
This one features an adult dance performance with real machetes.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Machetes Dance".