John Henry is an American Folk Legend and is the perfect entry point into topics like "Tall Tales" and "the American Railroad." Students will love learning about these topics through musical & rhythm activities, engaging videos, and easy to use printables.
This week long unit walks students through the life of John Henry, separating fact from fiction, and learning about the "Gandy Dancers" along the way. All the while singing, drumming and keeping a steady beat. Easy to follow powerpoints full of embedded media allow these lessons to be taught by anyone. So all aboard for the this amazing American tall tale!
Who was John Henry? (brainstorming)
The Story of John Henry Musical (video)
What is a Tall Tale? (separating fact from fiction)
Gandy Dancers (historical video)
Steady Beat Activities (steady beat & subdividing)
The Ballad of John Henry (song)
6 Powerpoints w/ embedded media
Unit Overview Video: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/John-Henry-A-Musical-History-Unit-2974795
Teaching Guide: http://asoundmind.edublogs.org/2017/01/11/325/