Music Objectives: Students will sing in small groups with a pre-recorded accompaniment, explore musical genres (country), compose original lyrics, and create movement sequences.
Social Studies Objectives: Students will locate places on a map representing where they have been. (If you need a math connection they could also figure out how far they have traveled from place to place).
Language Arts Objectives: Students will identify the rhyme scheme for the verse in I've Been Everywhere and compose an original verse. (This could also serve as a writing prompt to tell a story about a trip they have been on.)
Materials: Recording of I've Been Everywhere (preferrably a karaoke recording as well for performance); Lyrics for I've Been Everywhere (make sure the lyrics match the performance since Hank Snow's version has a few different places from Johnny Cash's).
- Listen to the song as a class (this could occur on multiple occasions).
- Sing along with the song as a class a few times (with lyrics).
- Discuss and list places where the students have been.
- Discuss and map the rhyme scheme of the verse.
- Divide into groups. Each group will locate on a map the places that they have been. (This could be limited to a specific geographical location.) List the places. Look for places that rhyme.
- Arrange places into a verse following the rhyme scheme identified earlier. (Notice that one of the rhymes isn't a place.)
- Practice and then perform verses for the rest of the class along with a karaoke accompanment if available.
- Develop a line dance to go with the chorus of the song and add it to the overall performance.