Over The River and Through The Wood: November 26th-30th

Theme: Read to Me, Sing to Me Book- Over the River and Through the Wood by L. Maria Child, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)

Class Description: For this week in music class, we are singing “Over the River and Through the Wood,“ a classic Thanksgiving song about the excitement of gathering with family for a special occasion. We are taking time to talk about how we spent the fall break: some foods we might have eaten, or what we did with our families and friends. We are reading and looking through an illustrated book of “Over the River and Through the Wood,” which has beautiful pictures of 19th century New England.

Musical Elements: Melodic repetition, steady beat, pitch matching, melodic recognition, listening to rhythmic variation in lyrics, pitch and vocal exploration.

Academic Skills: Listening, focusing, contributing to a discussion, practicing patience, anecdotal recall and looking at illustrations of a historic time period.

 

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD
Poem by Lydia Maria Child

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way,
To carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow.

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop
For doll or top, For it is Thanksgiving Day.

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes,
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
With a clear blue winter sky,
The dogs do bark,
And children hark,
As we go jingling by.

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
To have a first-rate play -
Hear the bells ring,
“Ting a ling ding!”
Hurray for Thanksgiving Day!

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
No matter for winds that blow
Or if we get
The sleigh upset
Into a bank of snow.

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
To see little John and Ann;
We will kiss them all,
And play snowball,
And stay as long as we can.

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
Trot fast my dapple grey!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting-hound,
For ’tis Thanksgiving Day!

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate;
We seem to go
Extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!

 

Over the river, and through the wood -
Old Jowler hears our bells;
He shakes his pow,
With a loud bow-wow,
And thus the news he tells.

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “O, dear,
The children are here,
Bring pie for everyone.”

 

Over the river, and through the wood,
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!