Take a Chance On a Chant!
When I taught a Gr. 2 class, we had a study unit on Beavers and of course, we did the usual little booklets with information and pictures the kids could colour. Children are like sponges and always love learning new things so I thought I'd try a new creative approach to help them to remember information. I wrote what we call a "choral chant". The musicality of language with its rhythm and rhyme really made it easy for them to recite individually and in a group. They learned it as memory work by themselves, one verse at a time. In teaching, this is called "chunking" information into smaller bits. Everyone was able to achieve this task and received a beaver sticker after each verse was recited at my desk. Their eagerness and success knocked me off my chair!
Dragging it to where you’ll be,
Building a home for your family.
Swim, swim, dive, dive,
Working hard to keep alive.
Beaver, beaver diving deep
Swimming to the lodge for sleep,
Food for all is there to keep,
Crunch, crunch, munch, munch,
Strip the bark for your lunch!
Wolf, wolverine, lynx – beware!
Crouching low, at you they stare,
Licking lips, so go with care!
Work, work, slip, slap
Snap! You’re in the trapper’s trap!
Working hard as beavers should,
You quickly go and get some wood
To fix your home – it’s looking good!
Busy, busy, repair fix,
To the lodge bring those sticks!