2 Games for Upper Elementary Students
a great song found in the "Erdie 150 American Folksongs"
a great game to teach the rhythm 'ti-tom'
This game is adapted from one I learned from Nancy Johnson.
an egg shaker for every child
First game is with partners
(I choose their music partners and they are permanent for 4 months at a time)
Students keep a steady beat with the egg shakers
on the 'hoodays' each child throws their egg in the air.
On the very last 'hooday' they toss the egg to their partner
This is what the game looks like with partners
After the partner game has been mastered, try groups of 4.
on the last "hooday" toss the egg to the right.
This is what practice looks like (a little chaotic)
When it is 'finished'
This is a Polish version of "Oboshinotentoten" collected by Minnesota Ethnomusicologist
The children have a tendency to Americianize and vary the lyrics even after they have been taught phonetically!
The lyrics are a list of Polish foods and instead of being 'out' on numbers, they are out on the word "chek" which happens three times at the end of the song.
(in phonetic Minnesotan)
"Chatlak patlak you soo are lak
kermal cherlek you zoo ber lak
Chek, dolstom chek,
Amanem dolstom chek!