Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
West African folktale
Retold by Don Dupont and Brian Hiller
Book and enhanced CD
Grades 3 - 6
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears is based on a West African pourquoi, or "why" story. A pourquoi story provides a fanciful explanation for a common occurrence - in this case, why mosquitoes buzz aournd our ears! This rendition of the story is told through narration, dialogue, and songs featuring both piano and Orff instrument accompaniment. The CD has audio files, digital files and digital templates.
There are 3 speaking roles for individual students and lines for up to 20 narrators. You will need 5 classes (or groups). All students sing the songs. Each group is assigned to one of the animal families.
Songs: Funga Alafia, Such Lies You Tell, Why Won't the Agamas Speak to Us? , Hurry Hurry, Sound a Warning, Sunbird's Lament, Bwana Awabariki/Rise Sun Rise, Did You Ever Wonder?
Performance time is about 30 minutes.
Cast of Characters
Full Script with Lyrics, Orff Arrangements, and Piano and Vocal Scores
Preparation and Rehearsal Schedule
Making the Props and Costumes
Adding the Optional Movements
Orff Instrumentarium Glossary
Tips for Using the Reproducible Resources