Lesson 2: Exploring “Wawanko”

Aim: Where can we find patterns in the lyrics and movement of “Wawanko?”
Summary: Students learn the lyrics and movements for “Wawanko.”
Materials: Musical Explorers CD or online audio
Time Required: 20 minutes (two 10-minute activities)
Standards: GGA: MK-2GM.1, MK-2GM.3, MK-2GM.4, MK-2GM.6, MK-2GM.7, MK-2GM.9
SC: MGK-2.1, MGK-2.2, MGK-2.3, MGK-2.5, MGK-2.6
Vocabulary: call and response, fable

Explore “Wawanko”

  • Review the concept of steady beat with your students. Listen to “Wawanko” and walk around the room on the steady beat,  Track 30.
  • Learn the call and response,  Track 31. Divide the class into two groups and have one group sing the call and the other sing the response.



Move to “Wawanko”

  • Listen to “Wawanko” again,  Track 30, and explain the meaning of the lyrics. “Wawanko” is a song about long-lasting friendship and happiness.
  • Learn the clapping pattern on SG39.
  • Walk to the steady beat of “Wawanko,”  Track 30, and on the response, stop and perform the clapping pattern with a neighbor.


Literacy Extension: Learn About Fables

Djelys have been the keepers of history and fables of Mali for centuries. A fable is a short story that teaches a lesson, usually with animals as characters. The most famous fables in the Western world are from an ancient Greek slave named Aesop.

Learn about Aesop’s fables at http://read.gov/aesop/. As a class, create your own fable.

Send your new fables to SMF Education at 200 East Saint Julian St., Suite 601, Savannah, GA 31401 or education@savannahmusicfestival.org for a chance to meet Melody and Yacouba at the spring concert!

Musical Word Wall

Add the words call and response and fable to the Musical Word Wall.


PDF Downloads

SG39 ↓ Download File


Musical Explorers Audio Tracks