Posted by: meredithbuchanan | April 19, 2010

Celebrating South Africa

To celebrate South Africa Day, I worked with a group of grade 4 students to learn a song and dance routine to “In the Jungle”. This song is based on a Zulu song, Mbube, recorded in 1939 by Solomon Linda. I accompanied students on guitar while they sang and performed a dance that incorporated movements adapted from several Ladysmith Black Mambazo routines. Students also created lion masks and “skins” which they used for costuming. At the end of the day, many students had their very first performance experience, and they looked like true professionals! This was a rich activity that combined dance, art and music in a way that could allow students to connect with the content and learning of our day.

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