Cantos, Ritmos y Rimas (Chants, Rhythms and Rhymes for the Spanish Classroom) - These classic Spanish Caribbean jazz like chants by Lonnie Dai Zovi will liven up your 5th - 12th grade Spanish classroom with these original and exciting chants set to authentic beats such as salsa, rumba, and guaguancó and accompanied by native instruments. Cantos, Ritmos y Rimas teach or reinforce many different topics or grammatical points by using more than 20 chants, rhythms, or rhymes.
These chants are set to culturally appropriate music and beats. This is where the very popular verb conjugation chant started. (“Vamos a hablar del verbo…”) Also included are active listening exercises (cloze or fill-in-the-blanks) and communicative activities, and suggestions for more active activities (such as using visuals , realia or TPR with music. The Cantos, Ritmos y Rimas set includes the book and compact disc. These Spanish jazz like chants are appropriate for all ages but especially good with 5th grade to Spanish 1 and 2 in high school (or Spanish 101 in college). Some of the Spanish grammar or lessons taught through the songs or musical chants of Cantos, Ritmos y Rimas include:
family (and possession)Spanish songs about:
fruit (with me gusta, me gustan, a mí también)
countries, capitals, and nationalities (not Capital Rock, but better)
locations around town
rooms of the house etc.
love and prepositional pronouns (a mí, para ti etc.)
daily activities (and many reflexive verbs)
prepositions of place
commands, me duele(n)
expressions with tener
direct, indirect and double object pronouns
irregular tú commands
verb conjugation (Vamos a hablar del verbo…)
Also available is the Cantos Ritmos y Rimas replacement CD
To see the table of contents click here
To listen to an example click here
To see an example page click here...
See a few of the chants acted out in the video below