J’ai le sang blues
Lower School (elementary level) Activity, Ages 5-8
Our sincere appreciation to Valencia Siff and the elementary students of The Collegiate School of Richmond, VA for the following lesson plan and video demonstration.
Activity involved: Listening comprehension
A large sheet of paper/easel style containing the lyrics of the song and colored rectangles after each color word in the song.
The letters B, L, U, E, S copied on 8x11 sheets of blue paper. There should be two or three copies of each, depending on the size of the class.
Either color flags made of felt glued onto dowel rods or simply sheets of construction paper in the colors mentioned throughout the song: white, gray, blue and red. There should be two or three of each depending on the size of the class. All students should have either a letter card or a color to wave during the song.
Play : J’ai le sang blues from the CD Couleurs et parfums by Carole Fredericks
Practice the alphabet or at least the letters used in this song.
Call on individual students and reward the correct answers by giving them the letter to use during the song. Distribute the rest of the letters.
Practice the colors used in this song by showing the flags/construction paper.
Call on individual students and reward the correct answers by giving them the paper/flag to use during the song. Distribute all.
All students should be holding either a letter or a color.
Have all students stand for the activity.
Have the students holding letters stand at the front of the group, making the word BLUES.
Make a second and third row if needed, having the students stand in order behind their letter counterparts on the front row.
Play the song and point to the words as they are sung. Students will raise their colors/letters as they are sung.
For additional fun and choreographic appeal, have students do a gesture for “Ecoute ça” and have them all wave their flags/letters in the last line of the chorus “J’ai le sang Blues”. They can also hum along at the beginning and dance during the instrumental part.
Above all, let them have fun with the song!!!!