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Chants for Steady Beat and the "Way the Words Go"

When preparing/practicing steady beat and rhythm as "the way the words go" I have a few chants in my collection that my kids love. I also use these for comparatives: fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low.

I have put together a collection of five chants with slides and activities that is available on my TpT store here.



It includes:

Bee Bee Bumblebee







I love to use this with my bee puppet from folkmanis. Game directions included in download.

Cinderella at the Ball
 Each chant has a page of teaching ideas like this:









Engine Engine Number Nine








Activities: I usually pair with the book "The Freight Train" or "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain".
We add sand blocks when we are preparing and practicing fast/slow.
Train whistles- vocal exploration



 I Climbed Up the Apple Tree

 










We add this ostinato on Orff bordune. You could use this or make up your own.

Queen Queen Caroline






I use Queen Queen Caroline for loud/soft and high/low and connect with "Old King Glory" and the loveliest princess vocal exploration as learned from Jo Kirk so that we have a royal family day. They will make another appearance when Old King Glory travels to Boston to buy his wife a comb! ;)


All of these rhymes are also sold individually on my store.

What other chants do you like to use in your classroom?

Lindsay



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