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.
|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!)
- Put the beat on.
- Find your rhythm and start chanting.
- 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.