1. Have students learn and do the dance. Although this game may at first seem more appropriate for younger children, older elementary children enjoy it too, especially when they are encouraged to try to outdo each other with difficult tongue-twisters and rhymes when they are in the center. Have students also try singing the song in Portuguese.
2. Study Brazil and Brazilian culture. Have students research why Brazilians speak Portuguese while other South Americans speak Spanish.
3. Study the rain forest and read a Brazilian folk tale about the rainforest such as “The Dreaming Tree.”
This folk dance comes from Brazil. Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is the only South American country where the official language is Portuguese.
Brazil's natural resources are well-known. The Amazon River and the rainforest are two examples. Although this game dance does not have the “Latin” rhythms that we might expect to find in South American children's games, it is a game that children in Brazil enjoy.
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