Much to my happiness, December’s collaborative academic theme in my ECSE/MHC classrooms is…drumroll please….FOOD! Some of my favorite music interventions include classics like the singable book “Today is Monday“, a body rhythm chant “I like to Eat”, or today’s special, “I had some Apple Seeds”.
The first thing you will need is visuals of various foods, depending on your objective. Using the melody of “Do Your Ears Hang Low“, sing each verse, substituting your foods for “apple”.
Oh I had some apple seeds (cup your hands like you’re holding seeds)
And I planted them in the ground (pat the floor to “plant” the seeds)
And the sun came up (raise your arms in the air to make a circle, like the sun)
And the rain came down (have your arms float back down while wiggling your fingers)
So I slept all through the night (pretend to lay down your head, I like to add snoring sounds)
And I woke up to see (make a surprised face and point to the ground)
That some little apple seeds (put hands together in front of your body)
had become an apple tree raise them up to make a tree)
To adapt this activity, I let the students give suggestions for what kind of tree to grow. Depending on the class, I give the option of choosing between two visuals of foods, or let them come up with their own ideas. You can have them identify a variety of foods, choose foods that belong in specific categories like fruits or vegetables, or have them come up with silly ideas. Some of my favorites have included growing a bulldozer, donut, or cello tree! Working in a culturally and linguistically diverse school, I am able to incorporate foods from other countries as well, which encourages students to learn about their peer’s backgrounds.