At our skill share about activities you can do with K-2nd grade students, Marett shared some of her favorite songs that she uses in class.
1. Stick Tune (Instrument/Substitution/Leadership)
Hey, Hey, What do you say? Let’s all click our sticks today!
Ba-dum Ba Ba Ba-dum (x3)
Use substitutions (other instruments, ways to use sticks, animals.)
2. Aiken Drum (Substitution/Leadership)
There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon
There was a man lived in the moon, and his name was Aiken Drum
And he played upon a ladle….
His hair was made of spaghetti (eyes/meatballs, nose/cheese, mouth/pizza)…
*Students can substitute anything they want for his eyes, hair, arms, legs, etc.!
3. 5 Little Ducks (Fingerplay/Shadow Puppets)
5 Little Ducks went out one day, over the hills and far away
Mother Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only 4 Little Ducks came back.
(Count down to 1 and then “none of the 5 little ducks came back”)
Sad Mother Duck….All of the 5 little ducks came back!
4. Great Big Stars/Twinkle Twinkle (ASL)
Great Big Stars way up yonder (x3)
All around the world, gonna shine, shine (x2)
*When she sang, Marett also did the American Sign Language signs for key words in the song, which is a great opportunity for students to learn something new! These are easy to find online if you don’t know sign language.
1. Here is the carrot seed way down under
Here is the cloud full of rain and thunder
Here is the sun shining warm over all
And here is the carrot top green and tall
*Anything can be substituted for the carrot, even if it’s really silly! Marett also does movement with this song, representing the seed in the ground, the cloud with rain, the sun, and then the plant growing.
2. Slowly, Slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail
Slowly, Slowly, very slowly up the wooden rail
Quickly, Quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse
Quickly, Quickly, very quickly in his little house
*The first two lines are said very slowly and the last two very fast to help students practice speaking in different speeds. It’s also fun!
3. From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles
From Wobbleton to Wibbleton is 15 miles
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton, From Wobbleton to Wibbleton
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles
*This one can be chanted progressively faster or very slowly, in different voices, etc. as a great warm-up. Marett recommends ending on something slow or quiet to help make a calm transition into the next activity.
4. 5 Little Monkeys (Jumping on a bed and/or Swinging in a Tree)