16 Ukulele and Dance

Ukulele

Metronome Challenge

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California Gold Rush
We’re studying the California Gold Rush this week and thought it would be fun to sing some of the songs of the time.  If you can play the video, have the students sing along once, and then pause it and ask your students questions.  For example, what is a washbowl?  How did he get there? (by sea) What did he expect when he got there? Did he seem prepared for this excursion or did he seem like he was winging it?  Clap to the tune with your students.
OH, CALIFORNIA!  LYRICS
I come from Salem City with a washbowl on my knee,
I’m going to California the gold dust for to see.
It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry,
The sun so hot I froze to death, oh brother, don’t you
cry.
Oh, California, that’s the land for me,
I’m bound for San Francisco with my washowl on my knee.
I jumped aboard the largest ship
And traveled on the sea,
And everytime I thought of home,
I wished it wasn’t me!
The vessel reared like any horse
That had of oats a wealth,
I found it wouldn’t throw me,
So I thought I’d throw myself!
Oh, California! that’s the land for me,
I’m bound for San Francisco with my washbowl on my knee.
I thought of all the pleasant times
We’ve had together there,
And I thought I ought to cry a bit,
But I could not find a tear.
The pilot’s bread was in my mouth,
The gold dust in my eye,
And though I’m going far away,
Dear brother, don’t you cry.
Oh, California, that the land for me,
I’m bound for San Francisco with my washbowl on my knee.
I soon shall be in ‘Frisco and there I’ll look around,
And when I see the golden lumps there,
I’ll pick them off the ground.
I’ll scrape the mountains clean,
My boys, I’ll drain the rivers dry,
A pocketful of rocks bring home, so brothers,
Don’t you cry.
Oh, California, that’s the land for me,
I’m bound for San Francisco with my washbowl on my knee.

 

 

We’re also studying Harriet Tubman and enslaved people escaping to the North.

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Dance

 

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