Monday, February 15, 2010

Using 5 Little Chickadees in the Classroom

As we start to look towards spring a great song to teach math skills is 5 Little Chickadees. If you are not familiar with the song here it is.


Here are the lyrics to this song.
Five little chickadees knocking at the door
One flew away and then there were four.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

Four little chickadees singing in a tree
One flew away and then there were three.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

Three little chickadees didn't know what to do
One flew away and then there were two.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

Two little chickadees sitting in the sun
One flew away leaving only one.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

One little chickadees not having any fun
She flew away and then there were none.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.


To Teach With This Song:
Have the children hold up 5 fingers and sing the song with them. Be dramatic and when the chickadees fly away have the children flap their arms on each verse. As you finish the verse say to them (with your fingers up to give them a visual cue) "If I have 5 chickadees and 1 flies away, how many are left?". They have just sung the answer with you so this gives them a chance to reinforce what they just heard and look pretty smart doing it, too. Once you have all 5 chickadee verses completed ask them how to get the birds back? Try tweeting and then wave your hand and put up fingers as you count "Here they come...1...2...3...4...5." The children will count with you-they usually can't resist.

Here is a You Tube of Sharon Lois and Bram singing this song.

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