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Song Lyrics, Motions, and Activities

These songs are provided for your use in the classroom and not for redistribution for any commercial purposes. Many of the songs are written to the melody of traditional songs and are not yet provided on any of Rachel's recordings. The rest of the songs are mine or from writers who have given me permission to use their songs. Please honor the copyright and the writer by crediting the writer if you pass them on to others to use in classrooms. Thank you.

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY Traditional
Sung by Rachel Sumner on the cassette and CD Rachel's Fun Time Too! (click here to purchase).

Chorus: (Sing the chorus between each verse)
Peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and jelly,
peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and jelly.
On the word "peanut butter-shake your hands down to the right
and on the word "jelly"-shake your hands up to the left.

First you look for the peanuts, and you look for the peanuts,
and you look, and you look, and you look for the peanuts.
Look for the peanuts with your hand to your forehead switching hands each time you say "look."

Then you pick 'em, and you pick 'em, and you pick 'em,
and you pick 'em and you pick 'em.
Pretend like you are picking the peanuts.
Then you smash 'em, and you smash 'em, and you smash 'em, and you smash 'em.
Act like you are smashing the peanuts with your hands together.

Then you spread it, and you spread it, and you spread it, and you spread it, and you spread it.
Pretend like you are putting peanut butter on bread. One hand is the piece of bread and spread with the other. Change hands each time you say the word "spread."

Spoken: Now we need some jelly!
Repeat the verses for jam. First you look for the berries.....
Spoken: Now, you take the two pieces and put them together and what do you do next?
Answer: You eat it!!!
And you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it.
And you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it, and you eat it.
(You can not sing now because the peanut butter is stuck to the roof of your mouth!)

Chorus: Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm...
Spoken: PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY!!!!!


BRAIN DANCE (Search for Anne Green Gilbert's website for more information)

Breath I have children make big circles with their arms.

Tactile squeeze, tap, pat, scratch, or brush all body parts (Play with it. Pretend that mud has falled on your head and make it go down your body. Be silly. Change it up. Have the children think of new ideas like spiders tickling each part of the body from head to toe.)

Core-Distal I have the children make a great big X with their bodies. (Reach out with toes, fingers, head, tall) and then and curl back to the core of your body. I have the children make the shape of the letter O when they do this.

Head-Tail move head and tail separately and together in all planes, then do the wiggle worm spine

Upper Lower move all parts in upper body half, then all parts in lower body half

Body-Side move all parts on right side of body, then all parts on left side, do horizontal eye tracking with your index finger

Cross-Lateral I have the children get all &auot;X-ed&auot;. How many ways can you make an X with your body? How many Xs can you make at one time? upmove across the midline, connect upper and lower body quadrants, do vertical eye tracking

Vestibular move off balance with swings, spins, tips and rolls on all levels and in all directions. (With young children, I like to spin 3 times stopping in between each time. Use your stop hand and have everyone say, &auot;Stop!")

Hand Washing Song (to the melody of Turkey in the Straw)

Lyrics by Rachel Sumner

1.) First, I squirt a little soap in my dirty, grubby hands.
Then I step up to the sink and scrubby-dubby as I stand,
Put my hands under the water and I rub them all around,
And I won't stop until I hum another round.

2.) Hmm, hmm. . .

To the rest of the melody:

I dry them off ‘cause my hands are wet,
Yes, I dry them off ‘cause my hands are wet,
And that's the way I wash my hands,
So I don't spread germs to all my friends.
Copyright©2004 Songs by Rachel, ASCAP


Find A Partner (to the melody of Found A Peanut)
Lyrics by Rachel Sumner

1.) Find a partner, find a partner, find a partner right now.
Everybody find a partner, find a partner, right now.

2.) Look at your partner, look at your partner, look at your partner right now.
Shake hands say, "Howdy partner, howdy partner" right now.

(After the dance)
3.) Look at your partner, look at your partner, look at your partner right now.
Shake hands say, "Thank you partner, thank you partner" right now.
Copyright©2003 Songs by Rachel, ASCAP


Doctor Knickerbocker Traditional (I hope to record this song this summer! Bookmark my website or ask to be added to my e-list for release information.)

1.) Doc - tor Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker number nine,
He's got the rhythm and he keeps in time.
Now, let's get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap).
Now, you've got the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the number nine
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
Tap on a number chart or other visual aide (like a calendar) with the numbers 1-9 on it.

2.) Doc - tor Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker number nine,
He's got the rhythm and he keeps in time.
Now, let's get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap).
Now, youÕve got the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the feet (stamp, stamp)
Now, you've got the rhythm of the feet (stamp, stamp)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the number nine
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.

3.) Keep adding body parts
...Now, let's get the rhythm of the hips (hips go side to side and say, "woo, woo").
Now, you've got the rhythm of the hips (woo, woo)....

4.) ...Now, let's get the rhythm of the arms (lift both arms up in the air and say, "whoopee").
Now, you've got the rhythm of the arms (whoopee)....

5.) ... Now, let's get the rhythm of the lips (kiss, kiss)
Now, you've got the rhythm of the lips (kiss, kiss)
Now, let's get the rhythm of the number nine.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. Ending: (knee knocking drum roll, tap hand)
Let the children come up with other body parts and something to do for each body part to add to this song.


A, E, I, O, U
To the traditional melody of BINGO, Lyric writer: unknown

1. There are some letters that I know and vowels are their names, oh! A, E, I, O, U, A, E, I, O, U, A, E, I, O, U and vowels are their names, oh! (and sometimes Y)


Bingo Rectangle Song (To the traditional melody of Bingo. Lyric writer: unknown)

What is this shape that has four sides? It is not a square, no!
It's a rectangle. (repeat 3 times) It is not a square, no!
Two sides are short, two sides are long. It is not a square, no!
It's a rectangle. (repeat 3 times) It is not a square, no!


What's the Weather To the traditional melody of Frére Jacques
Lyrics by Rachel Sumner (This song is available on CDR e-mail Rachel or as a digital download.)

CHORUS: What's the weather, what's the weather, like today, like today.
Look outside the window. Look outside the window. Can you say? Can you say?

1.) It's a sunny, it's a sunny, Sunny day, sunny day.
Go out in the sunshine. Go out in the sunshine. Play, play, play, play, play, play.

2.) It's a cloudy, it's a cloudy, cloudy day, cloudy day.
Better get a sweater. Better get a sweater. If itÕs cold, if itÕs cold.


3.)It's a windy, it's a windy, windy day, windy day.
Let's go fly a kite now. Let's go fly a kite now. Fly it high, fly it high.

4.) It's a rainy, it's a rainy, rainy day, rainy day.
Better get a raincoat, better get a raincoat. It's all wet, it's all wet.


5.) It's a snowy, it's a snowy, snowy day, snowy day.
Get your coat and mittens. Get your coat and mittens. Brrr, brr, brr, brr, brr, brr.
Copyright©2001 Songs by Rachel, ASCAP


Turkey Baster Instructions

Please read all the directions below before you play your baster.

Fill your baster bulb (the squeezy part) with water. If you have a mini baster, the easiest way to do this is to put the open end under a slow running faucet until it reaches the top of the bulb. The Pro baster bulb may be removed, filled and replaced. Do not fill the plastic air column of the baster.

Hold your baster upright with the open end of the plastic air column on your lower lip. Extend your upper lip and blow gently across the top of the baster. If you blow too hard you could begin to feel a little dizzy. Warning: If you ever feel dizzy while trying to play your baster stop immediately, and take a break.

Gently squeeze the bulb of the baster near the bottom to change the level of the water and the pitch of your baster. If you squeeze near the top, you may cause the water to leak from baster bulb. The shorter the column of air, the higher the sound will be. This is because the air is vibrating faster in the smaller space.

Empty your baster after each use and rinse it with a little dishwashing soap and warm water. Your baster can also be taken apart and put in the dishwasher to keep it clean.

Remember, like any instrument, it takes some practice. Have fun with your baster!


SIGN LANGUAGE

Thank you for attending my workshops in Michigan! Here is the information from my Sing and Sign workshop.

Click here to order instructional video with all of the songs and more. This video has been used by schools as an inservice training session for continuing education credit.

You may also contact Rachel to inquire about her hiring her for workshops, concerts and keynotes at your school, conference or event.

Click here to view the manual alphabet, numbers 1-10, I love you and two other signs for the songs below.


HELLO, HOW ARE YOU? to the melody of Skip to My Lou, adapted by Rachel Sumner Click here to purchase the instructional video.

Hello, how are you? Hello, how are you?
Hello, how are you? How are you friend?

Use the hand you write with!
The directions below are for right-handed individuals; reverse them for left-handed people.

hello
Start with the right hand in the B hand shape, palm forward and fingers pointing up. Bring the hand outward to the right with a deliberate movement. How are you
Hold your right hand up with the middle finger forward and other fingers extended, touch your chest bone with your fingertip. Then, pull your fingertip up the chest bone.

friend

Make the X hand shape with both of your hands. Hook the right index finger over the left which is palm-up and repeat in reverse.


FRIENDS by Rachel Sumner Copyright 1991. All rights reserved. Available on Rachel's Fun Time Too (cassette & CD) and the complete instructional video Sign Language and Foreign Language Through Music

Friends, good friends, you and I. Friends, good friends you and I.
I may go far away but you and I will always stay. Repeat first part.

for the song Friends by Rachel Sumner Copyright 1991

View video footage demonstrating the sign language for the words "far away" and the song "Friends."

good

Bring the finger tips of your right hand to your chin, then bring your hand down so that the back of the right hand rests in the palm of your left hand.

you
Point to someone or everyone with your index finger.

and
Place your right hand in front of you, fingers spread apart (palm facing you); as you move your hand across your body, close your fingers together.

may
This is the sign for can. Make a fist with both of your hands with the thumb in the S hand position, move your hands downward in a firm manner (palms down).

go
Make the finger shape of the number 1 and move both hands forward (one behind the other).

far away
Both hands in the A hand position, thumbs up, knuckles touching; move the right A hand forward.

but
Cross your index fingers, palms facing out, draw them apart.

will
Raise your right arm (with your palm facing your cheek) and move your arm forward.

always
Palm-up, point forward with your index finder, and circle clockwise.

stay
This is the sign for continue. Both hands make a fist (with thumb in A hand position); place the thumb of the right hand on the thumbnail of the left hand, and move both hands forward.


WHAT'LL WE DO? by Carol Ponder To purchase the instructional video click here.
Copyright 1996. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

What'll we do? (echo) What'll we do? (echo)
We're gonna have some fun. (echo) We're gonna have some fun. (echo)
Follow directions. (echo) Follow directions (echo)
Respect each other. (echo) Respect each other. (echo)
We're gonna listen. (echo) We're gonna listen. (echo)

What'll we do?
The sign is made by making the letter D on both hands, turn both palms so that they are facing up toward the ceiling, then move the index finger forward and back a number of times.

Have some fun
Raise both hands over your head with palms facing out and fingers spread, then shake your hands. This sign is not a literal translation for the words "have some fun." It is actually a way to applaud or say "hurray." I decided to use this sign because it gets the concept across, looks fun and can be used in the concert or classroom to applaud. You may wish to use the sign for the word fun.

Follow
Make the letter A with both hands, turn your wrists so that your thumbs are facing the ceiling, then place one hand behind the other and move both hands forward (one following the other).

Directions
Make the letter F with both hands, turn your F hands so they face each other and are parallel to the floor, then move your hands forward and back a few times.

Respect
Place your R hand at your forehead with your palm facing down, then move it away from your head like a salute.

Each other
With the hand of one palm facing the ceiling, move your hand across the front of your body.

We're gonna listen
Make an extended letter C (stretch the C out so that it is taller) and place it up to your head around your ear.


FRIENDS, ONE, TWO, THREE Words and music by John Taylor (The Kinderman)
To purchase the instructional video click here.
CopyrightŠ1986, 1992 by Kinderland Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Friends, friends, one, two, three,
All my friends are here with me.
You're my friend, you're my friend,
You're my friend, and you're my friend.
Friends, friends, one, two, three,
All my friends are here with me.

friends
see the description above

one, two, three
See your hand out.

all
(use sign for plural you) point to everyone in the room from left to right.

here
open both palms facing up with fingers (together) pointing forward, shake in and out.

with
letter A hands together, palm to palm.

me
Point to yourself with your index finger.

You're
point to someone in the room.

my
open palm touches your chest.

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