Movement in the Classroom: 72 Singing Games, Action Songs, Folk Dances Kids Love

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A best seller. This is a collection of singing games, folk dances, action songs, and rhythm songs for K-5th and can be used in the music classroom, PE, the regular classroom, before and after school activities and recess. I have also used many of these singing games with special needs kids.

In 1987 "120 Singing Games and Dances for Elementary Schools" by Lois Choksy was published. It was a classic resource for elementary music teachers but is difficult to get your own copy now. This collection I have put together is my answer to that need. It has lots of different songs/games and also more instructions on how to use. I hope this volume will be a great resource for elementary music teachers everywhere.

NOW 72 songs! (and still growing) -- I keep adding more songs to this product that you can re-download later, so check back occasionally! My goal is to have 100 songs eventually.

I have researched, experimented and adapted these games for use in a classroom of 20-30 kids. These have all been tested many times with K-5th grade children. I have also included a few links I've found on youtube for demos of some of the games and for music for some of them. (I'm a visual learner and I like to SEE it demonstrated.)

This collection is from 25 years of experience and is THE BOOK I wish I had found when I began teaching elementary music. Tell your music teachers friends about it!
Some of the games have traditional actions, others I have created or adapted. All of them I have researched and experimented with to find what works with a classroom of kids. Some games include different directions for different grade levels.

For those who've already purchased this collection, see a list of recent updates below the list of songs.

Action Songs
1. Hickory, Dickory Dock (K-1st)
2. Ring Around the Rosy (K-1st)
3. Looby Loo (K-1st, with scarves or ribbons)
4. Teddy Bear (K-1st)
5. Form Banana (1st, 2nd)
6. My Bonnie (2nd, 3rd)
7. Father Abraham (K - 2nd)
8. One Finger, One Thumb (K-1st)
9. Johnny Works with One Hammer (K-1st)
10. An Austrian Went Yodeling (2nd - 4th)
11. Grandma’s Glasses (K, 1st)
12. I’m a Little Teapot (K-1st)
13. Head and Shoulders (K-1st)
14. My Aunt Came Back (1st, 2nd grade)
15. Do Your Ears Hang Low (K-2nd)
16. My Hat it has Three Corners (K-1st)
17. Deep and Wide (K-2nd)
18. Lines and Spaces (2nd-4th)

Singing Games
19. Down by the Station (K-1st)
20. Farmer in the Dell (K-1st, a kid favorite!)
21. Five Green and Speckled Frogs (K-1st)
22. Go In and Out the Window (K-1st)
23. London Bridge (K-1st, a kid favorite!)
24. Muffin Man (K-1st)
25. Skip to My Lou (K-1st)
26. Ten in a Bed (K-1st)
27. Shoe Fly (D-2nd)
28. Paw Paw Patch (1st-2nd)
29. A Tiskit, A Tasket (K-1st)
30 The Thread Follows the Needle (K-2nd)
31. The Big Ship Sails on the Alley, Alley-O (1st-3rd)
32. Hey, Betty Martin (K-1st)
33. The Elephant Song (1st–2nd)
34. Polly Wolly Doodle (1st-3rd)
35. Sally Down the Alley (2nd-5th, a kid-favorite!)
36. Tideo (2nd-3rd)
37. Pass the Magic Broomstick (2nd-3rd, a kid favorite!)
38. Draw a Bucket of Water (1st-3rd)
39. A-rig-a-jig-jig (1st-3rd)
40. Great Big House in New Orleans (1st-3rd)
41. The Grand Old Duke of York (3rd-5th)
42. B-I-N-G-O (K-2nd)
43. BINGO #2 (K-3rd, more of a folk dance)
44. Charlie Over the Ocean (K-2nd, a kid favorite!)
45. Row, Row, Row Your Boat (K-1st)
46. Four Corners (K-5th)
47. For He's a Jolly Good Fellow (2nd-5th)

Rhythm Games
48. One Potato (1st-2nd)
49. Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? (K-5th, a favorite for every grade!)
50. Peas Porridge Hot (2nd-3rd)
51. Miss Mary Mack (2nd-3rd)
52. Long-legged Sailor (2nd, 3rd)
53. We Got Rhythm (3rd-5th)
54. B-A Bay (2nd-3rd)
55. Concentration Game (4th-5th fav!)

Folk Dances
56. Put Your Little Foot (K-1st)
57. Pop Goes the Weasel (K-1st)
58. Shoemaker’s Dance (K-2nd)
59. The More We Get Together (K-2nd)
60. Irish Washerwoman (1st-3rd, a kid favorite!)
61. The Dancers (1st-2nd)
62. Over the River and Thru the Woods (K-2nd)
63. Les Saluts (French Canadian folk dance, 3rd, 4th)
64. Old Brass Wagon (square dance, 2nd-5th)
65. Heel-Toe Polka (3rd-5th; a kid-favorite!)
66. La Raspa (Mexican Hat Dance, 1st-3rd)
67. Star Polka (4th-5th)
68. Tis a Gift to be Simple (4th-5th)
69. Buffalo Gals (square dance, 2nd-5th)
70. Jac y Do (Welsh folk dance, 3rd-5th, a kid-favorite!)
71. Camptown Races (3rd-5th)
72. Oh Susanna (2nd-5th, a kid-favorite!)

Recent Updates:
Jan 9, 2017 - Added "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"
Dec 9 - Now 71 songs, added "Concentration Game"
Oct 7 - rescanned the song pics and fixed several little things.
Sept 30 - Added "B-A Bay"
May 11 - Added another game/dance for "Bingo"
May 10 - Added folk dances for "Camptown Races" and "Oh Susanna"
May 5 - Now 66 songs. Added "Jac y Do" a Welsh folk dance
May 4 - Added "Lines and Spaces"
Apr 22 - Added "Four Corners" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Apr 21 - updated "The Muffin Man" game
Jan 15 - Added "The More We Get Together"
Jan 11 2016 - Correction to "Deep and Wide"


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