Good songs to sing with kids the first week?

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  1. ilovemyjob27

    ilovemyjob27 Rookie

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    Hello I am new on here and teach first and second grade. I love to sing on my free time, and I would like to incorporate more music this year. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions of good songs to sing with my kids the first week of school. I wasn't sure what would be appropriate for my grade level. I would appreciate any help, my kids come back on the 14th. Thanks!!!:angel:
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Hi and welcome!
    I have to hand it to you. With my voice, the only appropriate song would be one that relies totally on sign language! It's a good thing I teach older kids!!

    Good luck in your search!
     
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    When I taught kindergarten I went through my son's tapes of 101 popular kids' songs- which included a LOT of nursery rhymes. I put the title of each one on an index card. When we had a free minute I'd have a kid pull out a card and we'd sing that song. They loved it. I've found a lot of my middle schoolers don't know nursery rhymes (when we played a trivia game), and I think that's sad, so I wouldn't hesitate to include them at 1st and 2nd.

    I also collected song/chant books when I taught primary. It's been a while, but the ones I remember:
    Baby Beluga
    Wheels on the Bus
    I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
    Miss Mary Mack
    Cinderella Dressed in Yellow
    Lazy Mary
    5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
    5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
    Down By the Bay
    Chicka chicka Boom Boom
    Lift Every Voice
    Eeensy Weensy Spider

    That's all I can remember right now!
     
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    Thanks, I was thinking about songs like that, but I wasn't sure if maybe my students were too "mature" for those songs. I think that it is sad your middle school students don't know nursery rhymes. They say that now many students are graduating from high school and don't even know the words to Star Spangled Banner, that is ashame! I am going to try some of the songs you named. I can remember in high school when I took French the teacher played those same songs in French and we loved them. So I know my students should appreciate them. Thanks for the advice!!:)
     
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    I LOVE singing the song "alouette"
    Hear the tune at: http://www.french4tots.co.uk/mp3/alouette.mp3

    This is the most absolutely hilarious song ever. I always sang it as a kid in girl scouts, and I never had an earthly idea what it meant. Apparantly folk songs had a great deal to do with working around the house, and whoever invented this song was plucking the feathers off of a Lark! (check out the english version). Alouette=lark (it has 4 syllables in the first part of the song and 3 at the end....lark only has 1 so I substitute "little birdy" and "little bird")

    Kids love semi-gross songs;)

    Most of the song you sing together. The last part of the song is kind of a sing and repeat. You sing the 1st part, the kids repeat after you with the 2nd part.

    [chorus]
    Alouette, gentille Alouette [Ah lew wetta-- gin teal-- ah lew wetta]
    Alouette, je te plumerai. [ah lew wetta-- je -- teh -- plume ah ray]

    Je te plumerai la tête. [... la tet.]
    Je te plumerai la tête. [...la tet.]
    Et la tête, (1) [eh la tet?]
    Et la tête, (2) [eh la tet.]
    Alouette, (1) [Ah lew wet]
    Alouette, (2)
    O-o-o-oh..!

    2. Alouette, gentille Alouette,
    Alouette, je te plumerai.
    Je te plumerai le bec,
    Je te plumerai le bec,
    Et la bec, (1)
    Et la bec, (2) [eh luh beck]
    Et le tête, (1) [eh la tet]
    Et le tête, (2)
    Alouette, (1)
    Alouette, (2)
    O-o-o-oh..!

    1. la tête (head) [la tet]
    2. le bec (beak) [luh beck]
    3. le nez (nose) [luh nez]
    4. les yeux (eyes) [lay yeuh]
    5. le cou (neck) [luh coo]
    6. le dos (back) [luh doe]
    7. les ailes (wings) [lez eye-uh]
    8. la queue (tail) [la Q]
    9. les pattes (legs) [lay pat]

    I sing this english version with my students!

    [chorus]
    Little Birdy, lovely, Little Birdy
    Little Birdy, I am going to pluck you!

    I am going to pluck your _______.
    I am going to pluck your _______.
    pluck your ____? (1)
    pluck your ____, (2)
    Little bird, (1)
    Little bird, (2)
    O-o-o-oh!

    ...head, beak, nose, eyes, neck, back, wings, tail, legs
     
  7. MissV

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    More camp song fun:

    KOOKABURRA (Australia)

    1) Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
    Merry, merry king of the bush is he,
    Laugh, Kookaburra, Laugh, Kookaburra,
    Gay your life must be.

    2) Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
    Eating all the gumdrops he can see
    Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra
    Leave some there for me.

    3) Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
    Counting all the monkeys he can see
    Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra,
    That's no monkey, that's me.
     
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    Another version of Johnny Rebeck: http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiDUNDER2;ttSONGAMB.html

    Silly (somewhat gross) Song about Sausages:

    There was a sausage dealer
    His name was Johnny Rebeck
    He dealed in sausages, sourkraut, and speck

    Then one day it happened
    He invented the sausage machine
    Now all of the neighbor's cats and dogs will never more be seen!

    -------------[chorus]----------------------------
    OOOh!
    Johnny Rebeck, Johnny Rebeck!
    How could you be so mean?!
    I told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine

    Now all the neighbors... cats and dogs
    Will never more be seen...
    They've all been ground to sausages in Johnny Rebecks machine!
    ----------------------------------------------------------

    Then one day a giiiiiirl
    Came walking in a store
    She bought a pack of sausages and laid them on the floor

    The girl began to whistle...
    Whistle up a tune...
    And all the little sausages when dancing round the room!

    ----------------------------------------------
    OOOOh!
    Johhny Rebeck, Johnny Rebeck
    How could you be so mean?!
    I told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine

    Now all the neighbor's...cats and dogs...
    Will never more be seeeeeeen...
    They've all been ground to sausages in Johnny Rebeck's machine
    ------------------------------------------

    Then one day it happened...
    the old thing wouldn't go...
    Rebeck, He put his head inside to see what made it so.

    His wife was having a nightmare
    And went walking in her sleep
    She gave that crank a great big yank and Johnny Rebeck was meat!

    -------------------------------
    OOooh!
    Johnny Rebeck, Johnny rebeck
    How could you be so mean?!
    I told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine

    Now all the neighbors' cats and dogs will nevermore be seen
    They've all been ground to saaauusssaageeeeessss........
    in Johnny Rebeck's machine!
     

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