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Here are some simple songs for learning about and celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Music, Social Studies
By – Jessica Ponce
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – K
- Music, Movement, or Drama
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Standards:
- Creative expressions/performance. The student performs a varied repertoire of music.
The student is expected to:
- sing songs and play musical instruments independently or in a group: and
- sing songs from diverse cultures and styles or play such songs on musical instruments
- The student will be able to learn important facts about Cinco de Mayo singing to tunes of well-known children songs.
- The teacher will introduce the subject: Cinco De Mayo.
- The teacher will go over some facts about this holiday and what it means.
- Teacher will tell the class that they will be singing songs to learn important facts about Cinco De Mayo and what happened on this date.
- The teacher will sing the song the first time.
Method of Explanation:
- After the teacher sings the song, the class sings along after the lyrics are passed out.
- Once the class has finished singing the songs, the teacher should go over some of the facts that were in the songs. Go over them and explain to the class more in depth.
Learning Activities/Reinforcement and individual assessment:
- To make this lesson even more fun, grab any materials like pencils, blocks, pots or pans, and make a band with the class while everyone sings the songs!
- You could even use an instrument called a “Matraca”.
- Ask the students what they learned from the songs. Did they learn something new? Something they didn’t know before?
- The teacher could then go over the facts one more time or start saying a fact and see if the students can finish the sentence.
- The student will dance, add rhythm, but also learn fun facts about Cinco de Mayo and the history behind it.
| All Around Puebla
(to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel )
France invaded Mexico
But what they had not counted on
So all around Puebla
| Cinco de Mayo
(to the tune of Are You Sleeping? )
Cinco de Mayo,
| Today’s a Day to Celebrat e
(to the tune of London Bridge )
Today’s a day to celebrate,
The Mexican Army, they were poor,
They followed orders and charged ahead,
A great victory they did win,
| Today’s the Fifth of May
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell )
Today’s the fifth of May,
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