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We are now entering week three of Hispanic Heritage month lesson on my blog! This week I am going to talk about the Guatemalan folk song “Vamos a la Mar”, which means let’s go to the sea. I have been using this with my second and third graders, and they love it. I also taught the song but not the lesson to some first graders and some fifth graders, and all of the students are enjoying it!
I found this song on this website. You should definitely go and check out the song and the lesson that goes along with it. It has a composition extension that goes along with it.
I really liked the lesson, but I was not a huge fan of the composition cards that she had because they are very small. I like to use larger ones, mostly because they are less likely to be destroyed, and partially because I like to be able to do activities like that whole group before my students do it individually. I find if we do not do it together, then they will have no idea what to do.
No matter how many times I tell them.
Anyway, so I created my own Ocean Animals Rhythm Cards that are in both Spanish and English, and you can check them out in my TPT shop here! I have been using the cards with all classes 2nd grade and up this week.
I won’t go super into detail about the composition extension or anything here because you can read it on her blog.
The reason I am writing this blog is so that we can talk about instruments!
I struggle with instruments. I will not lie. I know that sounds dumb, but I have a hard time remembering to use them, and logistically knowing what I want to do with them. I have to be very INTENTIONAL about using my instruments.
And I gravitate towards the smaller, non-pitched percussion, because frankly, they are easier.
I do use my keyboards a good bit, but still not as much as I should.
I’m working on it.
So for this lesson, I have done two different options. You can use one of these, or neither of these. Either one is fine.
Also read: Ideas for Hispanic Heritage Month
Vamos a la Mar Orffestration:
-Castanets playing the rhythm of the words (I have a few of these, and plan to order more!)
–Maracas playing the “tum tum” part (I have two maraca groups)
-Xylophones play open C’s (or F’s) on the beat
-One bass F
Side note: When teaching Vamos a la Mar to my students, I found that they were much more successful if we learned the words one day and the melody on another day. It seemed to be a bit too much for them to do the words and the melody in one day. If your students already speak Spanish, you may not have this problem!
What classroom instruments would you use with Vamos a la Mar? Let us know in the comments!