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This activity uses Patricia Polacco's book "Thunder Cake" to help students understand how daily life has changed over the past 150 years.
Thunder Cake is a story based on the authors memories of life on her grandmothers farm in Michigan. It explores a young girls fear of a thunderstorm and how her grandmother helped her overcome her anxieties.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
After the students have learned how to create the various sounds, they are performed starting with the teacher and then continuing around the circle one by one. Each time around the teacher starts the next step. If available, a cymbal can be used at the climax of the storm to create thunder.
After the students have mastered the various steps, it might be fun to have them close their eyes and listen as the storm is created. They love to turn off the lights and do it in a dark room.