Haja Teaching Guide


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Musical Tales for Modern Minds Series
By Julia Jordan Kamanda
Storybook and CD and Teaching Guide 
Classroom kit 
PreK - Grade 2

Step-by-step multicultural lesson plans and student hands-on learning activities that correlate with the West African-inspired story Haja, the Bird Who Was Afraid to Fly.  Students can identify with Haja's transformation as she overcomes her fear. They can discover her success as she builds her confidence and gains self-awareness and determination. Activities are aligned to national core curriculum standards and integrate music, language arts, math, and visual art. Students will explore and practice learning sounds and rhythms, and identifying colors and patterns. A djembe is featured in the story. A code is included that gives access online for digital activity and mp3 recording files.

The storybook is richly illustrated with color and includes a CD of the narration and song.

Letter to Teachers

Getting Ready to Teach
Overview, Tips, Key Story Components
Educational Goals, Objectives, Standards
Rhythm Patterns
Musician's Chant

Teaching Plan
Day 1: Warm-Up Activities
Day 2: Get to Know Haja the Bird and the Musical Concepts of Rhythm and Tempo
Day 3: Let's Make Drums!
Day 4: Create and Play with Rhythm Pictures
Days 5 and 6: Make-Your-Own Haja Activities

Song "Fly, Haja, Fly" (leadsheet and lyrics)


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