A fun activity for Christmas time. Presentation includes a brief history of the popular Christmas carol, "The 12 Days of Christmas" and two video clips of the song, one from the Muppets, and the other a more fast-paced, rock version by Relient K.
To start, I asked students to number a paper 1-12 and try to write down the gifts from each day as they heard them, giving them the clue that many were animals. I then played the Muppets version of the song for them. After about a minute of that video, I paused it to ask if they were understanding, to which most students replied that it was difficult. I then explained thatg I would give them some help, but we would also listen to a faster version of the song.
I then displayed the slide with the 12 gifts and played the Relient K version of the song. I left the slide with the gifts up during the song for students to reference. After two times listening to the song, most students were able to get all of the days and gifts correct.
I then explained the definition of a parody and explained that this song has been parodied many times by different people. I played a brief part of the Shrek parody of the song for them to gie an example.
Then, I divided students into groups of 4 to write their own parodies of the song based on how they celebrate Christmas. The students had a LOT of fun with this activity. I gave groups about 15 minutes to write their songs, and afterwards they shared with the class. Most students chose to read, but extra credit was given for those who tried to sing.