Monday, May 9, 2011

Farm Songs

"Down on Grandpa's farm." 
We're on our way, we're on our way, 
On the way to Grandpa's farm. 
We're on our way, we're on our way, 
On the way to Grandpa's farm. 
Down on Grandpa's farm there is a black and white cow. 
Down on Grandpa's farm there is a black and white cow. 
The cow she calls her baby calf: Moo, Moo
The cow she calls her baby calf: Moo, Moo

Additional Verses:  
1. Crazy, gray goat.  The goat she calls her baby kid: Maa, Maa
2. Fluffy, white sheep.  The sheep she calls her baby lamb: Baa, Baa
3. Big, brown horse.  The horse she calls her baby colt: Neigh, Neigh
4. Fat, pink pig.  The pig she calls her baby piglet: Oink, Oink

HERE WE GO ROUND THE BIG RED BARN 
(Tune of "Round the Mulberry Bush") 
Here we go round the big red barn, 
The big red barn, the big red barn 
Here we go round the big red barn so early in the morning. 
This is the way we milk the cows, milk the cows, milk the cows 
This is the way we milk the cows so early in the morning. 
This is the way we feed the chickens, 
Feed the chickens, feed the chickens 
This is the way we feed the chickens so early in the morning. 


Teaching Ideas:
1. Continue with other farm chores (chop wood, mow hay, slop pigs, plant corn, etc., ask children for ideas and have them act out the verses as you sing) 
2. You can make a big circle and choose students to act out the motion in the middle.

The Cows On The Farm  (Sung to The Wheels On The Bus) 
The cows on the farm go mooo, mooo, mooo 
Mooo, mooo, mooo Mooo, mooo, mooo 
The cows on the farm go mooo, mooo, mooo  All night long! 

For additional verses, ask the children to name their favorite farm animal and what sound it makes. 


End with this verse: 
The farmer on the farm yells "Go to sleep!" 
"Go to sleep!" "Go to sleep!" 
The farmer on the farm yells "Go to sleep!" 
So I can get my beauty rest (snore!) 


If I Were a Farmer Sung to: "Did you ever see a lassie?"
Oh, if I were a farmer, a farmer, a farmer
Oh, if I were a farmer, what would I do?
I would milk the cows each morning
Each morning, each morning
I would milk the cows each morning, that's what I'd do.



Additional Verses: I would feed the baby chickens, I would gather eggs for breakfast 


Over In The Barnyard Sung to: "Down By The Station"
Over in the barnyard Early in the morning,
See the yellow chickies Standing in a row.
See the busy farmer Giving them breakfast.
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep. Off they go.



Additional Verses: Spotted cows, Brown horses, Proud roosters, White sheep,  Pink pigs


Teaching Idea:
1. Have students line up across from each other.  Have pairs of students come down the aisle pretending to be the animals.  The teacher or a student could be the farmer giving them the breakfast.  On "off they go" they would go to the front of the line.  Then the back pair would come down the aisle as the next animal.


Farm Chores Sung to “Here we go round the Mulberry Bush”
This is the way we ______
This is the way we ______
So early in the morning.



Other actions: mow the hay, feeding the chicks, sow the seeds, pull the weeds, hoe the field, etc. 


Farm beat
Down on the farm with the beat in your feet
Tell me the animal that you’d like to meet
A cow, a cow, he wants to meet a cow.


Teaching Ideas:
1. March to the beat having students name animals they want to meet.

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