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The Greatest Silly Song for Teaching Body Parts

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I love to sing songs when I teach little kids vocabulary of body parts. My favorite one is "One finger one thumb keep moving". The song goes:
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 - - 2 - -
"One finger one thumb keep mov--ing.
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 - - 5 - -
One finger one thumb keep mov--ing.
. . . . . . . .
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 - - 7 7 1
One finger one thumb keep mov---ing. And we
. .
2 - 1 7 7 6 5 - - -
all are happy to- day."

The best part of using this song is teachers can substitute "finger" and "thumb" with any other body part words that they are teaching. Kids have to point or show the body parts that are named in the song, and they have to make a silly movement with those parts while singing "... keep moving".(And belive me, they LOVE to move!)
I found kids in my class all love this kind of vocabulary pracitice. And actually, this song can make them connect the pronunciation and the meaning very quickly because they are learning not only with their ears and mouths but with their all body parts. Moreover, the kids don't mind repeating the words when they sing the song because it is much more fun than doing dull repetitions. And they get to do some exercise in their classroom which can really motivate their learning in the following time.
It works wonderfully for me! Why not try it in your class?

Ching-yi Kuo
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Changhua, Taiwan

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