Students work in small groups to create a singing game that can be played without any equipment, and can include all players. They can use any music they know, but they have to create it themselves. Teacher can suggest body percussion, refrains from popular songs or songs learned at school. Have each group explain how their game is similar to the Appalachian games (identifying how music fulfills a variety of purposes).


Look for the purpose of each singing game in students' demonstration. It should either be playable without equipment, meant to "mix people together" or provide entertainment at a gathering. Call on students during discussion to answer questions about the Appalachian Mountain people coming from England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Africa; as well as other places over one hundred years ago; demonstrating how music has been a part of cultures throughout history.