Friday, December 18, 2009

Sheet Protectors

Sheet protectors are my new favorite thing.  I used them in college for my music, but never used them to their full potential, which is with worksheets.  Slip a worksheet in a sheet protector and then use a dry erase marker with it.  If you write on the sheet protector with the dry erase marker the marks will magically wipe away, letting you use the sheet over and over again.  Then I can pop the sheet back in a three ring binder for easy storage.  My students love using the markers.  I have different colors and a retractable marker which is their favorite. 


Here is a link to the retractable markers


Here is a link to the sheet protectors

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chirstmas Teaching Songs

Here are some great songs that are fun for
Christmas that also teach core concepts.
Five Little Bells
Five little bells hanging in a row.

The first one said, "Ring me slow."
The second one said, "Ring me fast."
The third one said, "Ring me last."
The fourth one said, "I'm a chime."
The fifth one said, "Ring me at Christmas time."
The sixth one said, "Ring me with the others."
The seventh one said, "Ring me for the mothers."
The eighth one said, "Ring me with a song."

The ninth one said, "Ring me all day long." 

Idea #1: Make bells with the ordinal numbers on them
Idea #2: Let students hold the bell and have the statement written on the back of the bell for the student to read.
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Christmas Bells Sung to: "The Muffin Man"


Oh, do you hear the Christmas bells,
The Christmas bells, the Christmas bells?

Oh, do you hear the Christmas bells

I'm glad Christmas is here

Oh, can you see our Christmas tree,
Our Christmas tree, our Christmas tree?
Oh, can you see our Christmas tree?
I'm glad Christmas is here.

Oh, do you smell the gingerbread,

The gingerbread, the gingerbread?
Oh, do you smell the gingerbread?

I'm glad Christmas is here.

Oh do you taste the candy cane?
The candy cane, the candy cane?
Oh do you taste the candy cane?
I'm glad Christmas is here.

Oh do you feel the soft stocking,
the soft stocking, the soft stocking?
Oh do you feel the soft stocking?
I'm glad Christmas is here.

Idea #1: Have students point to the body part the use for that sense
Idea #2: Have examples of gingerbread to smell, stocking to feel, bell to hear, candy cane and tree.
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S-A-N-T-A Sung to: "BINGO"


I know a man with a long white beard
And Santa is his name-o
S-A-N-T-A, 
S-A-N-T-A,
 S-A-N-T-A

And Santa is his name-o

He slides down the chimney with a pack on his back
And Santa is his name-o
*-A-N-T-A
, *-A-N-T-A, 
*-A-N-T-A

And Santa is his name-o

Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh
And Santa is his name-o

*-*-N-T-A, 
*-*-N-T-A, 
*-*-N-T-A
And Santa is his name-o

He wears red from his head to his toe
And Santa is his name-o
*-*-*-T-A, 
*-*-*-T-A, 
*-*-*-T-A
And Santa is his name-o

He's making his list and checking it twice
And Santa is his name-o
*-*-*-*-A, 
*-*-*-*-A, 
*-*-*-*-A
And Santa is his name-o

He likes to eat milk and cookies
And Santa is his name-o
*-*-*-*-*, 
*-*-*-*-*, 
*-*-*-*-*
And Santa is his name-o  

Idea #1: Write the letters on a whiteboard.  Each time you sing replace a letter with a clap.  I put a star in place of the letter to represent the clap.
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5 Little Christmas Trees
5 little Christmas Trees
Standing all alone
Their hearts were very sad

Cause they hadn't found a home.

Then chop went the ax (pretend to chop)
And down fell the tree

And off they went with a happy family!


(continue from 4-1 Christmas Trees)

No little Christmas Trees

Standing all alone

Their hearts were very happy

Cause they all found a home!!!
Idea #1: Have the students hold a tree and countdown as the trees go home.

Recommended Reading
2. When Santa Turned Green by Victoria Perla

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Interval Worksheet

Here is a interval worksheet with a Christmas theme.  Help Santa get the presents to the right house by matching the intervals to the present.

Google Docs: Present Intervals

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fun Christmas Songs

Here are some fun Christmas songs to sing with the children

Toys on the Christmas Tree Sung to: "This Old Man


This little drum--on the tree

Santa put it there for me

With a boom-boom, rat-a-tat (pretend to play drum)
Rummy-tummy-tum (roll hands over each other)
Christmas Day is so much fun!

This little train--on the tree

Santa put it there for me

With a chug-chug, choo-choo (pretend to pull the horn)
Rummy-tummy-tum (roll hands over each other)
Christmas Day is so much fun!

This little doll--on the tree
Santa put it there for me
With a Ma-ma, Ma-ma
 (pretend to rock baby)
Rummy-tummy-tum
 (roll hands over each other)
Christmas Day is so much fun! 
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Let's All Sung to: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"


Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,

Let's all do a little clapping and spread Christmas cheer.

You can change the clapping to other activities.

2.Jumping
3.Twirling
4.Stretching
5.Bending Ask the kids for other ideas. 
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Old St. Nicholas Sung to: "Old McDonald Had a Farm"
Old St. Nicholas had a tree (form tree with arms)
Ho, ho ho ho ho!
 (hold stomach)
And on that tree he had some horns (blow horns)

Ho ho ho ho ho
 (hold stomach)
With a toot toot here and a toot toot there
Here a toot There a toot
Every where a toot toot

Old St. Nicholas had a tree
Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho!

continue....
lights-------flash flash

candy canes-------yum-yum
drums-------boom-boom
bells---------ring ring
birds------peep peep

stars------twinkle twinkle

snowflakes-------flutter flutter 

Idea #1: Have a paper tree and add the items listed to the tree
Idea #2: Have children think of things that can go on the tree
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Santa  Sung to: "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain"
He'll be driving eight brown reindeer when he comes, (Yee Haw)
He'll be driving eight brown reindeer when he comes.

He'll be driving eight brown reindeer,

He'll be driving eight brown reindeer,
He'll be driving eight brown reindeer when he comes.

He'll be piled up with toys when he comes, (Oh, Boy!)
He'll be piled up with toys when he comes,

He'll be piled up with toys,

For all the girls and boys.
He'll be piled up with toys when he comes.

He'll be dressed all in red when he comes, (Ho, ho, ho)
He'll be dressed all in red when he comes.

He'll be dressed all in red,

From his toes up to his head,

He'll be dressed all in red when he comes! 
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The Lights on the Tree  Sung to: "The Wheels on the Bus" 

The lights on the tree go blink, blink, blink (open and shut hands on 'blink')
Blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink. 

The lights on the tree go blink, blink, blink
All Christmas Day.
Other Verses:

The presents at the house go rattle, rattle, rattle (shake hands on 'rattle)
The mom at the house goes bake, bake, bake (clap hands on 'bake')
The dad at the house goes snore, snore, snore
(pretend to sleep on 'snore')
The grandpa at the house goes hug, hug, hug 
(pretend to hug on 'hug')
The grandma at the house goes kiss, kiss, kiss(pretend to kiss on 'kiss')
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The Reindeer Pokey (to the tune of The Hokey Pokey)
You put your antlers in.

You put your antlers out.
You put you antlers in,
And you shake them all about.

You do the Reindeer Pokey,

And you turn yourself around.

That's what it's all about!

You put your hooves in....

You put your red nose in....

You put your fluffy tail in...

You put your reindeer body in…

I wear some reindeer ears I found at the dollar store for this one.


More Christmas Songs

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bell Game

This is a matching game for notes on the staff and key signatures.  The bear is trying to find his bell.  Help him by matching the correct letter with the correct note or key.  You could play a memory game with the bear and bell cards.  I might spread the bell cards out in a grid and have the children pick a bear card and match the bear to the bell.  There are many ways to use these cards, so have fun!

Google Docs: Bell Note Names




Google Docs: Bell Key Signatures





Friday, December 11, 2009

Recital Programs

My Christmas Recital is this Saturday and I like to brighten up my Christmas program by using Christmas Stationary.  I find one with a border that can go horizontal and then I copy my recital program on them.  There are plenty to choose from this time of year and it looks very professional. See below


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Songs

Here are some songs on the true meaning of Christmas.

The Baby in the Manger (tune of "Wheels on the Bus)
The cow in the manger went moo-moo-moo,
Moo-moo-moo, moo-moo-moo,
The cow in the manger went moo-moo-moo,
All through the night.

The hay on the ground went crunch-crunch-crunch,
Crunch-crunch-crunch, crunch-crunch-crunch,
The hay on the ground went crunch-crunch-crunch,
All through the night.

The baby in the manger went waa-waa-waa,
Waa-waa-waa, waa-waa-waa,
The baby in the manger went waa-waa-waa,
All through the night.

His mother Mary went shh-shh-shh,
Shh-shh-shh, shh-shh-shh,
His mother Mary went shh-shh-shh,
All through the night

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Mary Had A Baby Boy Sung to "Mary Had A Little Lamb"
Mary had a baby boy
Baby boy Baby boy

Mary had a baby boy
And she named Him Jesus

He was born in a manger
In a manger 
In a manger
He was born in a manger

Among all the hay

The Shepard's came to visit him
Visit him, Visit him.
The Shepard's came to visit him
Because the angle told them.

The three wise men brought him gifts,
Brought him gifts, Brought him gifts.
The three wise men brought him gifts.
Frankincense, gold and myrrh.
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Mary Had A Baby Sung to "The More We Get Together"
Mary had a baby, a baby, a baby,
Mary had a baby One glorious night.
One glorious night, with the stars shining bright,
Mary had a baby, one glorious night.

She named the baby Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
She named the baby Jesus, Cause God told her to.
Cause God told her to, Cause God told her to,
She named the baby Jesus, Cause God told her to.

The shepherds came to worship,
Worship, Worship,
The shepherds came to worship The newborn king.
The newborn king, The newborn king,
The Shepherds came to worship The newborn king.

The wise men brought him presents,
Presents, presents,
The wise men brought him presents
Gold, Frankincense, and myrrh.
Gold, Frankincense, and myrrh
Gold, Frankincense, and myrrh,
The wise men brought him presents
Gold, Frankincense, and myrrh.
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Christmas, Christmas Sung To: "Praise Him, Praise Him All Ye Little Children"
Christmas, Christmas;  Now it’s time for Christmas.
Jesus came, Jesus came.
Christmas, Christmas;  Now it’s time for Christmas.
Jesus came, Jesus came!

Substitute for "Jesus came";
Stanza 2. Angels sang
Stanza 3. I’m so glad
Stanza 4. Praise His Name
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Ring those bless Sung to "Jimmy Crack Corn"
Ring those bells and turn around,
Ring those bells and turn around,
Ring those bells and turn around,
Jesus Christ is born

Substitute 'turn around' for stomp your feet, jump up high, bend your knees, etc . . .

Recommended Books
1. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren
2. Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck
3. What is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams
4. Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

George Brown Lines of the Bass Clef

Here is a sentence I use for the Bass Clef Lines.  George Brown Died Friday Afternoon.  I explain that George is a boy who is a farmer.  He lives on the lines of the Bass Clef where the boys sing.  Later when I introduce the spaces (All Cows Eat Grass) we talk about George Brown and his cow who sat on him :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gingerbread Men Songs


Christmas is a great time to talk about the Gingerbread Man.  This is such a fun story and lends itself well to talking about how to make the cookie, animals, sequence of events, shapes, sense, counting and colors.  My favorite activity is to hide Gingerbread men all over the classroom for the children to find.  
Each child gets to find one Gingerbread man and keep it.

A Gingerbread Poem

What do you feel?
The cookie dough.

It's smooth and soft to touch.

Cool and squishy in my hands;

I like it very much!
 
What do you hear?

The rolling pin.
  It's rolling out the dough.
"
Rrr-rrr" goes the rolling pin,

A-rolling to and fro.
 
What do you smell?

A spicy scent.
It's filling up the room.

Sweet and strong, it smells so good-

Much better than perfume.
 
What do you see?

A fresh-bakced treat.  Its color is just right:

What a lovely golden brown!

A very pretty sight!

What do you taste?

The gingerbread!
  A spicy treat or two.

Sweet and yummy in my mouth;

Now I'll share some with you!
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Gingerbread Boy / Girl
I'm a little gingerbread boy. (Boys bow.) 
I'm a little gingerbread girl. (Girls bow.)

I can jump, (All jump.) 
And I can twirl. (All turn around.)
I have raisins (Point to eyes.) For my eyes,

And bright red buttons (Point to buttons down chest.) Just this size.
I have a mouth, It looks like this. (Point to smiling mouth.)

I can even Blow a kiss. (Blow a kiss.)
I'm warm and tasty, But don't eat me. (Shake head.)

I'll run away (pretend to run) Hee, Hee, Hee
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Gingerbread Colors
I'm a gingerbread man And I can think
I'm a ginger bread man My color is pink.

I'm a gingerbread man And I smile, not frown
I'm a ginger bread man My color is brown.

I'm a gingerbread man And I'm looking at you
I'm a ginger bread man My color is blue.

I'm a gingerbread man That's what I said
I'm a ginger bread man My color is red.

I'm a gingerbread man And I'll be right back
I'm a ginger bread man My color is black.

I'm a gingerbread man And I say borange
I'm a ginger bread man My color is orange.

I'm a gingerbread man And milk I slurple
I'm a ginger bread man My color is purple.

I'm a gingerbread man And I'm a real nice fellow
I'm a ginger bread man My color is yellow.

Use this when you sing the song:

Google Docs: Gingerbread Men

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Gingerbread Shape Sung to "The Wheels on the Bus"
The gingerbread man needs two eyes,
Needs two eyes, needs two eyes
The gingerbread man needs two eyes
So pick out a shape.

Substitute 'two eyes' for 'one nose', 'one mouth' and 'three buttons'
I use a big paper gingerbread man and have the children pick out different shapes I made out of foam to create the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons. 

Google Docs: Gingerbread Man

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Gingerbread Men
Five little gingerbread men lying on a tray 
(Lay five fingers on the palm of the other hand)
One jumped up and ran away. 
(Raise one finger up then run in place)
Singing "Catch me, catch me, Catch me if you can 
(Wave fingers next to head)
I run really fast I'm the gingerbread man"   
(Pretend to run and then point to self)

Repeat counting down.

Idea #1: Have the students represent the gingerbread man, popping up and running away.
Idea #2: Start with a bigger number and subtract as many men as you like to work on subtraction. 
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The Gingerbread Man Runs Through the Town  Sung to "Wheels on the Bus"
The gingerbread man ran through the town, 
Through the town, through the town
The gingerbread man ran through the town.
Singing "You'll never catch me."
He ran away from the cow
From the cow, from the cow
He ran away from the cow
Singing "You'll never catch me." 

Keep going with different animals he ran away from: dog, pig, sheep, horse . .

Then he came to a fox, 
To a fox, to a fox
Then he came to a fox
Singing "You'll never catch me"

The fox said "You can trust me"
"You can trust me", "You can trust me"
The fox said "You can trust me"
Then he ate him yes sir - ee


Idea #1: Use Christmas character in the story to chase the gingerbred man: Elves, reindeer, snowman, angels, Santa, etc . . .

Monday, December 7, 2009

Recital Readiness

It is time to get ready for our Christmas recital.  I have used different incentives to prepare students for a recital.  I have found having something that creates a sense of pressure or nervousness helps prepare the student to play under these conditions. 

This year I am using a game called "Candy Cadence." The students start with 5 pieces of candy.  Being that it is Christmas, I choose Christmas Hershey Kisses, but you can choose whatever candy you like.  Students will play their piece with the goal of making no mistakes.  If they play their piece perfectly they keep all their Hershey Kisses, if they make a mistake they lose a Hershey Kiss and must play it again to gain it back.  I like the motivation of this game and the simulation of the nervous feelings they may have at the recital.

Here are variations you can make:
1. If the child makes a mistake on the first try, you take away one piece of candy.  To gain the candy back, they must play that section correctly.  If they make a mistake again, you take another candy, then they must play it without mistake until they have won all their candy back.
2. More advanced students could play the game one page at a time.  If they get through the the first page, no candies are taken.  They then repeat the process for each page.
3. You could make the student earn a piece of candy with each correct performance of the piece or section of the piece.  Then if a mistake is made they don't earn the piece of candy.  This allows for more repetition, regardless of how they played it, because they would have to play the section or piece at least 5 times.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Finds

Music Makes a Difference

I am a true believer that music can make a difference in the life of a child.  It stimulates creativity, small and gross motor skills, cooperation, self expression, problem solving and more.  It can give children confidence, while being fun and energetic.  

I like to use my singing program to teach children about many different things.  I have a passion for supplementing their core subjects with songs.  Whatever the kids are learning, I try to come up with a song to help with that concept.  
Music has a way of helping us with memorization.  Who can finish this line?  "He's got the whole world __ __ ___?  (in his hands).  How about "R E S P E C T, Find out what it means to me"  Will you ever spell Respect wrong again?  

Music can be a powerful tool in learning.  I taught my youngest son Jacob to spell his name to the tune of Bingo "J A C O B, J A C O B, J A C O B and Jacob is your nameo"  and now his last name with Old Mac Donald  "B E A S L E Y that spells Beasley B E A S L E Y, Jacob Beasley"  It truly has helped him remember how to spell his name.

I encourage you to find ways to include music in teaching, it really makes a difference.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shape Songs

Here are some songs to help children learn about shapes

Circle Song
(to the tune of: "If You're Happy and You Know It")
A circle is a shape that goes round.
A circle is a shape that goes round.

A circle is a shape that goes round,
And round and round.

A circle is a shape that goes round.
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Make A Square (to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
From the bottom to the top,
Straight across and then you stop,
Straight down to the bottom again,

Across and stop where you began,

If the lines are the same size,

Then a square is you surprise.
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This Is a Triangle (to the tune of: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")
This is a triangle,
Look and you will see.

It has three corners and three sides.

Count them one, two, three!
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It's a Rectangle (to the tune of: "B-I-N-G-O")
There is a shape that has four sides,

But it is not a square...No!
It's a rectangle; It's a rectangle;
It's a rectangle; It is not like a square...No!
Two sides are long; two sides are short.
They are not the same...No!

It's a rectangle; It's a rectangle;
It's a rectangle; The sides are not the same...No!
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Shape Song (to the tune of: "The Farmer in the Dell")
A circle's like a ball,A circle's like a ball,
Round and round it never stops.

A circle's like a ball!
A square is like a box, A square is like a box,
It has four sides, They are the same.
A square is like a box!
A triangle has 3 sides, A triangle has 3 sides,

Up the mountain, Down, and back.

A triangle has 3 sides!
A rectangle has 4 sides,
A rectangle has 4 sides,

Two are long, and Two are short.

A rectangle has 4 sides!
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Lost my shape Sung to "Skip to my Lou"
Lost my (shape) what do I do? 

Lost my (shape). What so I do? 

Lost my (shape). What do I do?
Skip to my Lou my darling


Idea #1: Have Different shapes in the center of the circle and have a child find the shape you sang about
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I Can Make a Shape Sung to "Skip to My Lou"
I can make a square how about you?
I can make a square how about you?
I can make a square how about you?
Make a litle square just like I do.

Substitute different shapes and pretend to draw them in the air.
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Do you know what shape this is? Tune: The Muffin Man

Do you know what shape this is?
What shape this is? What shape this is? 

Do you know what shape this is,
I'm holding in my hand?

It is a circle, a circle
A circle
It is a circle
That is the shape

Idea #1: Substitute different shapes in the song and hold the shape up.
Idea #2: Hold different objects and have the students identify the shape

Recommended Books



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spaces on the Treble Clef

Here is a worksheet to introduce the spaces on the Treble Clef.  I use FACE in the SPACE.  We talk about how the Treble Clef is the girl clef and that girls like to make-up their face.  I try any little story to get the concept to stick with the student.  Of course FACE and space rhyme, making it easy, but when that bass clef is introduced the confusion begins. This worksheet has the student write a smiley face on the spaces.


Google Docs: Treble Clef Spaces


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cookie Songs

5 little cookies
5 little cookies with frosting galore
Jacob ate the blue one and then there were four
4 little cookies, two and two you see
Elizabeth ate the red one and then there were three
3 little cookies, but before I knew
Ethan ate the yellow one and then there were two
2 little cookie, oh, what fun
Amy ate the brown one and then there was one
One and only one, Jayla ate the orange one, then there are none


Idea #1: Cut out circle shapes from construction paper or foam and give the child the colored cookie to hold
Idea #2: Have the cookies laying around the room and have the kids go find the correct color of cookie.
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Share a Cookie Sung to "Sarasponda"
Share a cookie, share a cookie, 
Share a cookie yum, yum, yum
Share a cookie, share a cookie, 
Share a cookie yum, yum, yum
An Oreo, a chocolate oreo
I love the creamy filling in a chocolate oreo
Boom-da,Boom-da, Boom-da, Boom-da
Boom-da,Boom-da, Boom-da, Boom-da


Idea #1: Pass the cookie around the circle to the beat of the music
Idea #2: When the song says "An Oreo" the child holding the cookie stands up
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Chocolate, Chocolate Cookies  Sung to "Peanut, peanut butter"
Chorus:
Chocolate, chocolate cookies, YUM
Chocolate, chocolate cookies, YUM
First you take the flour and you sift it you sift it
First you take the flour and you sift it you sift it


Chorus
Then you take the sugar and you pour it, you pour it
Then you take the sugar and you pour it, you pour it
Chorus
Then you take the butter and you smash it, you smash it
Then you take the butter and you smash it, you smash it
Chorus
Then you take the egg and you crack it, you crack it
Then you take the egg and you crack it, you crack it
Chorus
Then you take the chips and you drop em', you drop em'
Then you take the chips and you drop em', you drop em'

Chorus
Then you take the dough and you mix it, you mix it
Then you take the dough and you mix it, you mix it

Chorus
Then you take the dough and you shape it, you shape it
Then you take the dough and you shape it, you shape it

Chorus
Then you take the dough and you roll it, you roll it
Then you take the dough and you roll it, you roll it

Chorus
Then you take the dough and you cut it, you cut it
Then you take the dough and you cut it, you cut it

Chorus
Then you take the cookies and you bake em', you bake em'
Then you take the cookies and you bake em', you bake em'

Chorus
Then you take the cookies and you eat em', eat em'
Then you take the cookies and you eat em', eat em'



Idea #1: Act out the making of the cookies.
Idea #2: Keep a beat on the your knees during the chorus

Idea #3: Review the steps of making a cookie talking about what come first, next and last.

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