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The Hokey Pokey

We all know that children learn through playing and singing. Trying to find something to change a bit my class routine, I realised that I have totally forgotten about the Hokey Pokey song. It’s been a long while, since I last used it in my class. I’m sure it will bring a lot of  laughter and fun to my second grade students. A good way of starting the class. So here it goes the video and the lyrics from

Lyrics & Gestures

(Begin with everyone standing in a circle)

Hey everybody. It’s time to do the Hokey Pokey!
Make a BIIIIIG circle.

You put one hand in. (Put one hand in the circle.)
One hand out. (Put that hand out of the circle.)
One hand in. (Put the hand back into the circle.)
And you shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. (Shake your hand.)
You do the Hokey Pokey (Spin and dance) and turn around
Everybody turn around. (Turn around in a circle.)

You put two hands in.
Two hands out.
Two hands in.
And you shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
You do the Hokey Pokey and clap your hands.
Everybody clap your hands.

You put one foot in.
One foot out.
One foot in.
And you shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
You do the Hokey Pokey and sit down.
Everybody please sit down.

You put two feet in.
Two feet out.
Two feet in.
And you shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
You do the Hokey Pokey and stand up.
Everybody please stand up.

You put your head in.
Your head out.
Your head in.
And you shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
You to the Hokey Pokey and sing a song.
La la la la la la!

You put your backside in.
Your backside out.
Your backside in.
And you shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
You do the Hokey Pokey and be quiet.
Everybody please be quiet. Shh!

You put your whole self in.
Your whole self out.
Your whole self in.
And you shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
You do the Hokey Pokey and take a bow.
Everybody take a bow.

What do you generally do in your class routines? Can you give me some more ideas?


Lesson Plan: Madonna’s 50th Birthday!

It’s Madonna’s 50th birthday on Saturday 16th August, why not celebrate it in the classroom with this lesson plan (see attached file below) ?

You can start by asking students to guess whose birthday is it on the 16th of August by doing a reading activity based on Madonna’s biography. Then, to revise the past simple form of verbs, students can be asked to complete the song by Madonna “Drowned World (Substitute for Love)” with the verbs in the correct form. Finally, they will listen to the song to check their answers and do some comprehension questions.

Here you’ve got the video of the song. It is great fun for the students to watch it, instead of just listening to the song. Apart from that, it acts as a visual aid to help them understand the song better.

Hope you like it. My students loved it. If you have any other ideas, don’t hesitate to share them with us.


Motivating but Tough Lesson Plan Based on a Song by Gorillaz

I have prepared this lesson plan based on the song “Fire Coming Out of a Monkey’s Head” by Gorillaz, because one of my students asked me to. However, I have to admit that I ended up enjoying the song a lot (thanks Fernando!!!!). It is a very cryptic song, full of hidden meanings. It is hard work trying to find out its true meaning. Yet, it is also great fun, very engaging and motivating. Here goes a video of the song and at the end of the post you’ll find a copy of the lesson plan. Hope you enjoy it.

Leave us a comment sharing with us your experience with the song and your interpretation of it.


Let’s Celebrate Bono’s Birthday in the Classroom!

Today is Bono’s birthday, so let’s take this opportunity to bring a bit of music into the classroom. I have prepared some activities for the song Bono has dedicated to his father: “Sometimes you can’t Make it on your Own”. You will find activities for teaching vocabulary, listening comprehension and grammar (don’t have to vs. mustn’t). Download the file, play the video from You Tube and that’s it.

A great fun lesson to enjoy with your students. Don’t forget to tell us how it works and if you have any other idea : SHARE IT WITH US

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