Chants for First Grade, by Alison Black, provides the teacher with more than 65 chants appropriate for young children. Chanting, where a group recites or reads text together orally and rhythmically, is an excellent English language arts activity that helps improve children’s oral communication skills. Its focus on language rather than movement separates it from the fingerplay.
The benefits of chanting are many, including language development, enhanced vocabulary and word meaning, auditory discrimination, and more. A page in this packet discusses these benefits and also provides a “How To” or specific directions in using chants in the classroom. The teacher models the language of the chant, and the children have specific responses. This social activity of chanting is an inclusive activity that allows all children an opportunity to be successful. It is also a very flexible activity that enables teachers to easily adapt chants for classroom use.
In this packet, there are resources noted, a table of contents, and a page of Common Core Standards met by chanting. Each chant is introduced with an introduction and a copy of the chant provided for use. Actions to use with each chant are often provided but may or may not be used.