Last week we learned about several different land forms. Our student teacher Jessica taught the students about several different landforms: mountains, hills, plains, valleys, peninsulas, islands, lakes, oceans, and rivers. I got a list from her of these landforms and wrote a song to help students remember.
Mountains are pointy, mountains are taller.
Hills are rounded, and hills are smaller.
Plains are flat, the land is still.
Valleys lie low, between two hills.
Peninsulas have water on three sides.
Islands are surrounded by water and its tides.
A lake is water surrounded by land.
An ocean has salt water, and its quite grand.
A river is water that flows free.
Landforms are great we can see!
Each of the different landforms had a different movement that went along with it. I came up with mountains and hills on the first day, but after that, the students came up with the gestures for each landform. They also wrote the last line of the song. The class came up with rhymes for "free" and then had to come up with a sentence that ended with that word. They came up with a lot of great ideas, and we combined a couple of them to finalize "Landforms are great, we can see!"
Here's a video of us doing the song in class! (Thanks to Ms. Kelm for video taping!)
Erika Svanoe is a terrific musician and a gifted conductor. She is also a great teacher, who will engage your students and give them fresh and vital perspectives on the music they are performing.”
Erika Svanoe is one of the finest conductors I know at the college level. She is a terrific technician and educator on the podium, but what truly sets her apart is a unique combination of love of music and love of her students.”