Songs from Other Cultures

Songs from Other Cultures

These songs from other cultures and countries include ideas to go along with each song including movement, instruments, and games. Refer to the teacher resources category for a culture of the month PDF resource and to the printable lesson plans category for lesson plans to accompany each lesson.

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Songs from Other Cultures
  • Hoe-Ana-Te-Vaka

    Students will learn the song "Hoe Ana Te Vaka" and add instruments and movement.

    Materials needed- melodic or rhythm instruments

    Grade level- Upper elementary (can modify for lower)

  • Bate-Bate-Chocolate

    Students will learn "Bate Bate Chocolate" in Spanish, then learn the meaning in English. Identify Mexico on a map, count the rhythms of the song, then practice stirring the chocolate and adding motions.

    Materials needed- device to watch the lesson on

    Grade level: Lower elementary

  • Four-White-Horses

    In this song, students will learn to sing the melody, follow the melodic direction with their hands, what syncopation is, learn about music from the Caribbean, and play a hand game with partners.

    Materials needed: device to watch lesson on, instruments if needed

    Grade level: 3rd-5th

  • Himmel-und-Erde

    "Himmel und Erde" teaches upper elementary how to sing in a German round.

  • Kookaburra

    "Kookaburra" is a round from Australia. Kids will learn the song, add movement, then learn to sing it in a round.

  • CheCheKole

    "Che Che Kole" is an African echo song. Students will learn how the melody moves and follow it with their hands, discuss why it’s important to learn music from other countries, clap the rhythm, echo sing, and make up motions and body percussion.

    Materials Needed-device to watch video on

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