Chanting is a simple drilling tool that adds cadence (usually by clapping) to repetition to liven it up. For any hip-hop fans - try taking it one step further and adding a beat to make it even more interesting.

Basic Info

Time: 5 minutes
Level: Elementary grade 3 - 6
Works with: Vocabulary and/or Dialogue
Class size: Medium to large

You will need:

  • A beat
    (make a CD / use classroom electric keyboard / use beat-machine - seriously, your school may have one!)

Lesson Description

  1. Put the beat on.
  2. Find your rhythm and start chanting.
  3. The students should repeat after you.


  • There are usually 4 beats to the bar. Think about how you can fit the words to that. Either use the whole 4 beats or you use 2 and the students use the other 2 in the same bar. There may be white space - don't worry.
  • Try to keep the pauses, word emphasis and words the run together as close to the normal way you would say it - it's very easy to change the cadence when chanting.
  • Be silly. If you do this with gusto and confidence, you will draw the students in and everyone will have a good time. Use big gestures - either gesture the words or just throw down some hip-hop moves.

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