It’s animal season in the Elephants and Seals class. In addition to singing to the famous “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” song, I made a chant and incorporated drums.
We’re going to the farm,
we’re going to the farm.
What do we see?
We see an (animal).
We played a steady slow beat while we chanted. Then I pulled a picture of an animal and they named it and made its corresponding sound. To take the drumming to the next level, each animal had a different playing style; for instance, horse: fast, sheep: rubbing the head of the drum, duck: two quick hits. This tested the student’s flexibility in playing drums, their working memory, and their attention on the animals. Most of the students loved making the animal sounds and playing the drum in the different style.