Activities for Lesson 7

Yankee Doodle Dandy Activities

The song Yankee Doodle was written by the British to make fun of the Americans. The Americans however adopted the song and began singing as their own. The song was heard throughout the Revolutionary War from the time the British retreated at Concord to the Americans' surrender at Yorktown.

Play the song using combs and wax paper.

Make a game with the words of Yankee Doodle. Divide the class into two teams. Team one lines up. The words are written on cards then thrown randomly on the floor. The first player runs to the words, finds the first word of the song and places it in a pocket chart. The player then runs to the end of the line. The next player finds the second word of the song, places it in the chart, then runs to the end of the line. Play continues in this manner until all the words are in the correct order on the pocket chart. The teacher times the students as they play. The next team tries to beat the first team's time. Time can be recorded by playing the song. How many times did team one listen to the song as they raced to put the words in order? How many times did team two listen to the song?

Form a line and march. Then add the music Yankee Doodle. Was is easier to march with or without the music?

Soldiers had to carry everything they needed with them as well as a heavy musket and ammunition. Load up a backpack with supplies that you feel are necessary to live with each day. Carry a log to simulate a musket. Go for a short walk. How did this feel?