The arts (theatre, music, dance, and visual art) can enhance engagement, meaning, and creativity in the elementary curriculum. The purpose of this blog is to provide integrated arts lesson ideas and links within the context of the Common Core Curriculum. Select the target standard on the right and follow the links.
Teach the song (watch the video together and figure it out)
Replace "Drunken" with other adjectives
Write new verses to answer the question "What shall we do . . .?"
Make up new ways to do the dance during the verse. (I usually keep the same actions on the chorus "Way, hey, and up she rises." The children especially love the final action going over and under, "wringing the dishrag").
The words could also be adapted more generally: "What shall we do with ________" (Ex. a jelly donut, a piece of paper, etc.)
Music (sea shanty, singing and dancing)
Language Arts (adjectives and creative writing)